The Fire Protection Technology program is an Associate in Applied Science degree, and is a collaborative effort between MVCC and the Utica Fire Academy. The program is for individuals that are working in, or preparing to work in, the areas of fire prevention and protection. The program provides the education and training necessary to function in the delivery of emergency fire service, and fire protection and safety. The student is required to take 38 credit hours of course work at MVCC and successfully complete a rigorous 500 plus hours of training at the Utica Fire Academy. Students must meet the criteria established by the Utica Fire Academy prior to being accepted into this program. Students also will be responsible for passing national and state credentialing exams. The two-year degree program is appropriate for advancement opportunities in the field of municipal and industrial fire protection. The Academy is located at 1320 Bleecker Street, once an active firehouse in Utica, offering comprehensive training of New York State career fire department recruits. The recruits live and train at this Academy for approximately 15 weeks.