Student Achievement

Students in the Fire Science Program at DACC succeed by achieving Associate of Applied Science degrees or by completing the FIRE 101 and FIRE 104 sequence (or FIRE 102) that qualifies them for application to several regional fire service organizations. The majority of students in the Fire Science Program complete this sequence rather than pursuing an associate degree.

Awards
2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Associate Degrees 11 7 7 6 3 6 7
Certificates 1 0 1 1 0 4 3

Retention in the Fire Science Program averages approximately 59% which is within national norms for Community College retention rates. Program pass-rates have trended upward over the past five years while withdrawal rates for the last two years has remained steady at 3%.

Attrition and Retention
2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Persistence 71% 64% 69% 71% 69% 61%
Retention 60% 52% 58% 44% 54% 59%
Program Pass-Rate 78% 72% 85% 81% 89% 83%
Program Withdrawal Rate 7% 9% 6% 4% 3% 3%

Over the previous five academic years, student enrollment has fluctuated and is now rebounding in a positive direction. With the increased recruiting efforts and greater collaboration with area fire agencies, it is anticipated that the overall student enrollment number will continue to increase. The continuing increase of non-traditional students is a statistic that is noteworthy. The increase in SCH and headcount for 2018-2019 is a result of partnering with local Fire Services and supporting their professional development needs.

Student Enrollment
2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Headcount 117 91 69 68 77 111
Student Credit Hours (SCH) 1226 821 524 681 736 1219
Majors 130 112 89 74 53 63
Females Enrolled 7% 9% 9% 16% 21% 17%
Males Enrolled 93% 91% 91% 84% 79% 83%

The stable number of sections offered has allowed students to complete the program in a timely manner and the small class size provides the opportunity for greater faculty-student interactions.

Program Sections and Utilization
2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Section Count 17 16 13 17 18 23
Average Class Size 18 13 10 10 11 14

Graduate Placement

2013-2020 Graduate Placement
First Name Term Degree Major Employer
Gilbert 2013-2014 AAS Fire Science Technology Doña Ana County Fire Department
Arturo 2013-2014 AAS Fire Science Technology Self-Employed
Michael 2013-2014 AAS Fire Science Technology Las Cruces Fire Department
John 2013-2014 AAS Fire Science Technology Unknown
Milo 2013-2014 AAS Fire Science Technology Unknown
Raul 2013-2014 AAS Fire Science Technology Unknown
Sean 2013-2014 AAS Fire Science Technology Las Cruces Fire Department
Nicholas 2013-2014 AAS Fire Science Technology Unknown
Samuel 2013-2014 AAS Fire Science Technology Deceased
Roberto 2013-2014 AAS Fire Science Technology Las Cruces Fire Department
Johnny 2013-2014 AAS Fire Science Technology Unknown
Scott 2013-2014 AAS Fire Science Technology Boeing Fire Department
John 2013-2014 AAS Fire Science Technology Las Cruces Fire Department and NMSU Fire Department
Patrick 2013-2014 AAS Fire Science Technology Unknown
Angelo 2013-2014 AAS Fire Science Technology Albuquerque Fire Department
Lisa 2014-2015 AAS Fire Science Technology Moved Out of State
Gabriel 2014-2015 AAS Fire Science Technology Bernalillo Fire Department
Joshua 2014-2015 AAS Fire Science Technology Las Cruces Fire Department
Jordan 2014-2015 AAS Fire Science Technology Unknown
Andrew 2014-2015 AAS Fire Science Technology Las Cruces Fire Department
Isaac 2014-2015 AAS Fire Science Technology Las Cruces Fire Department
Brandon 2014-2015 AAS Fire Science Technology Unknown
Patrick 2015-2015 AAS Fire Science Technology Unknown
Daniel 2015-2016 AAS Fire Science Technology Unknown
Raymond 2015-2016 AAS Fire Science Technology Unknown
Robin 2015-2016 AAS Fire Science Technology University Medical Center – El Paso, Texas
Gabriel 2015-2016 AAS Fire Science Technology Unknown
Christopher 2015-2016 AAS Fire Science Technology Las Cruces Fire Department
Christopher 2015-2016 AAS Fire Science Technology Employed Outside of Fire Services
Joshua 2015-2016 AAS Fire Science Technology Pursuing Bachelor’s Degree at NMSU
Samuel 2016-2017 AAS Fire Science Technology Deming Fire Department
Mitchell 2016-2017 AAS Fire Science Technology White Sands Test Facility Fire Department
Kristin 2016-2017 AAS Fire Science Technology Las Cruces Fire Department
Dominick 2016-2017 AAS Fire Science Technology Pending Albuquerque Fire Department
Joshua 2016-2017 AAS Fire Science Technology Pursuing Bachelor’s Degree at NMSU
Dominic 2016-2017 AAS Fire Science Technology Pending Las Cruces Fire Department
William 2018-2019 AAS Fire Science Technology NASA/WSTF Fire Department
Alejandro 2018-2019 AAS Fire Science Technology Las Cruces Fire Department
Tyler 2018-2019 AAS Fire Science Technology Alamogordo Fire Department
Jared 2018-2019 AAS Fire Science Technology US Forest Service Fire
Austin 2018-2019 AAS Fire Science Technology Alamogordo Fire Department
Valerie 2019-2020 AAS Fire Science Technology NASA WSTF Fire Department
Lourdes 2019-2020 AAS Fire Science Technology Tularosa VFD
Humberto 2019-2020 AAS Fire Science Technology Mesilla VFD
Anthony 2019-2020 AAS Fire Science Technology US Forest Service Fire
Thomas 2019-2020 AAS Fire Science Technology NASA WSTF Fire Department
Joshua 2019-2020 AAS Fire Science Technology Unknown

Fire Science Program IFSAC Certification Scores
Aggregated Average by Academic Year

2013-2014

72.66%

2014-2015

85.49%

2015-2016

70.51%

2016-2017

78.07%

2017-2018

51.28%

2018-2019

75%

2019-2020

72%

100%

80%

60%

40%

20%

2019-2020 Program Outcome Results

Students passed all IFSAC certification exams with an average 72% pass rate which resulted in 64 IFSAC certifications being granted through the New Mexico Firefighter’s Training Academy. The SPRING 2020 term was not completed due to COVID-19 restrictions and the pending IFSAC certification exam are scheduled for late SUMMER 2020.

2018-2019 Program Outcome Results

Students passed all IFSAC certification exams with an average 75% pass rate which resulted in 70 IFSAC certifications being granted through the New Mexico Firefighter’s Training Academy.

2017-2018 Program Outcome Results

Students passed all IFSAC certification exams with an average 51.28% pass rate which resulted in 78 IFSAC certifications being granted through the New Mexico Firefighter’s Training Academy. Courses with certification pass rates below the established threshold were evaluated. It was determined that students experienced difficulties with concepts taught in FIRE 126, Inspector I and FIRE 223, Investigator I. As a result, a change in course delivery methods was implemented.

2016-2017 Program Outcome Results

Students passed all IFSAC certification exams with an average 78% pass rate which resulted in 33 IFSAC certifications being granted through the New Mexico Firefighter’s Training Academy. Courses with certification pass rates below the established threshold were evaluated. It was determined that students experienced difficulties with concepts taught in FIRE 115 Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations and as a result a change in faculty was implemented.

2015-2016 Program Outcome Results

Students passed all IFSAC certification exams with an average 71% pass rate which resulted in 64 IFSAC certifications being granted through the New Mexico Firefighter’s Training Academy. In FIRE 120 Pump Ops Pumper, to improve student pass rates and align with the New Mexico Firefighter’s Training Academy standards, the Emergency Vehicle Driver curriculum was removed from FIRE 120 to allow more concentration on the Pumps Ops course content. A FIRE 128 Emergency Vehicle Driver course was developed to provide the training removed from FIRE 120 and now serves as a prerequisite to FIRE 120.

2014-2015 Program Outcome Results

Students passed all IFSAC certification exams with an average 83% pass rate which resulted in 131 IFSAC certifications being granted through the New Mexico Firefighter’s Training Academy.