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LC State Fire Service Technology program earns national affordability honor

LEWISTON, Idaho – Lewis-Clark State College earned its second honor in less than five months from affordableschools.net when the online publication ranked LC State No. 2 in the nation for offering a best-value fire science degree program.

Affordableschools.net ranked LC State as the second most-affordable college for a bachelor’s degree in Fire Service Technology. The methodology used in the rankings is a point system that puts a priority on affordability and student-to-faculty ratio. LC State was one of four schools to receive the most points, but when taking all into consideration, affordableschools.net ranked the college second only behind the University of Florida.

LC State offers a bachelor’s and an associate’s degree in Fire Service Technology. The bachelor’s degree program requires 120 credits and students must complete the AAS degree before entering the bachelor’s program. Students can use up to 50 credits from the AAS program toward their bachelor’s degree along with 33 upper division electives and 37 general education core credits. Participants in the program must be members of a paid or volunteer fire department. Technical skill training and certifications are offered through the fire departments.

In September, affordableschools.net gave the college’s paralegal and web design bachelor degree programs top affordability honors. The paralegal program was ranked as the most affordable in the country, while the college’s web design program was ranked as the fourth best nationally for traditional (on-campus) programs. The methodology used in these ranking included affordability, graduation rates and degree offering.

Affordableschools.net was created to help parents, students, and prospective students navigate financial calculations associated with college planning. By using data from the U.S. Department of Education, affordableschools.net promotes finding quality education while avoiding huge college costs.