CPFTA is a two-year school for students interesting in pursuing careers in public safety, law enforcement, criminal justice, and fire science. This highly efficient and well-known program as developed in collaboration with the Chicago Public School’s Career and Technical Education Department and the Chicago Police Department. The collaborative program allows high school juniors and seniors to become skilled in a trade while earning elective credits toward graduation. Additionally, the program promotes successful Academy pupils to college without the application the normal hassle where they complete their education and later can go on to get a degree on a paid two-year scholarship. The program is arranged around the school day of the students with classes taking place between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. twice weekly. Transportation is provided to and from the classes as well uniforms and snacks.
Successful students have the opportunity to earn a paid summer internship. Interested students must be a Chicago resident and a high school sophomore. Candidates should complete an online application and submit parental consent along with a high school transcript reflecting a minimum GPA of 2.3 and a 90% attendance rate at school. Two letters of recommendation, state ID, physical examination and a clean background and drug test are all requirements of Academy acceptance.
After students have been accepted into the Academy and complete the two years successfully, they can earn a scholarship to one of the City Colleges of Chicago where the applicant will go on to earn an associate degree. Students interested in applying for the CPFTAS should have proof of graduation from the Chicago Firefighters Training Academy. Also, candidates should still be able to prove they are residents of Chicago, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 by high school graduation, have a minimum test score of 17 on the ACT in both Math and English, enroll in a degree program at one of the participating colleges, submit the FAFSA and a CPFTA Certificate of completion. Additional documentation includes a resume of awards, honors, and activities.
Students under the above compliance will automatically be given the scholarship but must remain enrolled full-time during the period of the award. Since this is a need-based award, all federal grants and scholarships must be exhausted before monies of the award may be applied to the cost of the tuition and fees. Recipients must maintain a 12 credit hour course load throughout the semester. Students are responsible for submitting a renewal for each term to receive the award. Also during the time the award is received students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0. Transcript verification will be requested for the previous term before funds for the following will be distributed. The award will only cover the cost of tuition and fees and no other costs. The application deadline is May 9, 2017. You can find more information online.