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Fire Science Technology

Fire Science Technology

Oakton's fire science technology curriculum prepares students for careers in fire fighting and related occupations and increases the proficiency of those already employed in this expanding field. Several courses approved by the Office of the State Fire Marshal can lead to Fire Officer I and II certification. Students enrolled in the program also have the opportunity to increase their knowledge in special areas of fire science through the involvement of the Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA). An intergovernmental agency located in Glenview, NIPSTA provides education and training for fire departments and other first responders.

Oakton also offers Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic courses. Successful completion of these courses may qualify students to challenge the Illinois Department of Public Health Licensing Exam for EMT-B and Paramedic.

For more information, contact Spencer Kimura, department chair, at 847.635.1827 or

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September 7
Labor Day holiday. College closed.

September 20
Last day to withdraw from 16-week courses and have course dropped from record.

September 21
Last day to change to audit for 16-week courses.

October 4
Incomplete (I) grades from summer 2015 semester for which faculty have not submitted final grades will become an "F" after this date.

October 9
Last day for filing Graduation Petitions.

October 25
Last day to withdraw with a "W" from 16-week courses; Students will receive a grade in all courses in which they are enrolled after October 25.

November 11
Veterans Day holiday. College closed.

November 18
Registration opens for spring 2016 semester.

November 26, 27
Thanksgiving Recess. College closed.

November 28, 29
Thanksgiving Recess. No classes, College open. (Most offices closed.)

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