Mission CISD lights path to fire science careers for seniors

MISSION, TEXAS (June 3, 2024) — Mission Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) has a new program with intentions to ignite a pathway to success for students. 


In partnership with South Texas College and the Mission Fire Department, Mission CISD's Career and Technical Education Department announces the launch of a one-year dual enrollment fire science academy for incoming seniors.


The first cohort of 11 students began their year-long training June 3. The program will be of no cost to them, saving them time and money as they work towards earning their Basic Firefighter Certificate.


The cohort is made up of students from all three Mission CISD high schools including Mission High School, Veterans Memorial High School and Mission Collegiate High School.


Incoming senior at Mission High School and cohort member, Angel Uribe says he’s excited for the program.


“This is a great opportunity for myself and my peers,” Uribe said. “I feel blessed to be a part of this program and I am looking forward to getting ahead in my career.”


Mission CISD Director of Career and Technical Education, Gerardo Gonzalez says the program is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and certifications needed to pursue a career in fire science upon graduation. 


"We are thrilled to introduce this program to our seniors," said Gonzalez. "This program is not just about education; it's about providing our students with a clear pathway to a fulfilling and impactful career in fire science."


The program curriculum is structured to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the fire science profession, starting from the foundational principles of law, public safety, corrections, and security to advanced training in fire protection and firefighting techniques. The four-level program of study includes:


  1. Level 1: Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
  2. Level 2: Fundamentals of Fire Protection
  3. Level 3: Firefighter I
  4. Level 4: Firefighter II


Through hands-on training, mentorship from experienced professionals, and academic coursework, students will graduate from high school not only with their diplomas but also with their Basic Firefighter Certificate and be eligible to take the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) Firefighter license examination.




South Texas College Public Safety Program Department Chair, Victor Valdez says he’s thrilled to partner with the school district to produce more firefighters for the region.


“We are proud to collaborate with Mission CISD to offer this valuable opportunity to students,” Valdez said. “By investing in the next generation of firefighters, we are ensuring the safety and well-being of our community for years to come.”


Gonzalez says the program will be a pathway for not just a career in firefighting but will open the doors to much more. 


"Students can start off as firefighters but will be open to the possibilities of becoming deputy chiefs, fire captains, and lieutenants just to name a few promising career paths," Gonzalez said.


"The program exemplifies Mission CISD's commitment to getting students career-ready, we are preparing students for success in the workforce and beyond."


 For more information, please reach out to Mission CISD Career and Technical Director Gerardo Gonzalez at 956-323-550 or email via [email protected] or STC’s Dual Credit programs visit southtexascollege.edu/dual/ or call 956-872-3520.