Hill College


Nationally Ranked Fire Academy Enrolling for Spring Semester


Hill College’s fire science degree program is ranked 38th out of over 900 programs at colleges and universities nationwide. This high ranking is due to the high quality of education and training offered, at a price that won’t break the bank.

The Hill College Fire Protection Technology Program is currently enrolling for the Spring Semester, which begins on January 20. The program holds classes on both the Hillsboro and Cleburne campuses, as well as having hybrid and online options.

“First responders are a different breed,” said Robert Matthews, Hill College fire science technology coordinator. “They dive into flames, run toward gunfire, pull survivors from wreckage… They change calamity to calm and they do so very quickly.”

 While only experience can prepare someone for emergency, every first responder got his or her formal training at a college or university that had committed some of their resources to educating the savers of lives. Many schools have emergency response programs, but a few have really dedicated themselves to training the men and women who often prove to be the difference between life and death. Hill College also ranks in the top 100 of this group.

Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS), and the Carnegie Foundation, firescience.org highlighted the top fire science degree programs and colleges in the U.S., not only in fire-related subjects specifically, but also in other first responder and environmental disciplines.

            For more information about the Hill College Fire Academy, contact Robert Matthews at rmatthews@hillcollege.edu