The Arlington Fire Department, Tarrant County College, and the Arlington Independent School District have collaborated to train high school students from across the city in the field of firefighting and emergency medical training. The program attracts students from Arlington’s six high schools, and allows graduates to immediately enter the workforce. Program participants are expected to maintain a high level of physical fitness and academic standards throughout the two-year program, and courses require classroom instruction as well as hands-on exercises to show proficiency. By the end of the training, students have received the necessary skills, discipline, knowledge, and confidence to enter the workforce. Fire Academy graduates earn 24 college credit hours, a certifiable status with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, and a National Registry EMT certification.