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A career for ages to come

image L-R: Firetrol Sprinkler Superintendent, Blake Burich; Leah Allen, Ph.D; Firetrol Alarm & Detection Project Manager, Brian Crafts

AUSTIN - Firetrol Protection Systems Inc. has been in the fire protection business for over 34 years protecting lives, businesses and assets.







    The company has recently reached beyond protection to training, and not just training of their own employees, but to the educators in the area through the Educator Externship program. The externship program is a professional development opportunity for educators. Funding for this program was awarded by the Texas Workforce Commission to the Rural Capital Area Workforce Development Board (Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area) for the 2018 Summer Externship Program. This year’s collaboration is with five independent school districts and five Chambers of Commerce.
    Through this program, educators are matched with employers in the teacher’s subject matter and/or a subject matter of interest. As an additional benefit, instructors will be able to introduce new career opportunities to those headed into various careers. “We want graduated high school students to know they have the ability to earn a very good living, enjoy full benefits, and build a career without taking on student debt as an option. Life safety skilled trades are essential to new construction and existing businesses because they’re code-driven. Our industry is here to stay,” says Firetrol Austin’s Development and Communications Director Amber Chaib.
    The experience and knowledge educators gain will be taken back to their classrooms via educator-developed strategies that integrate what they learned in the field. They will spend one day each with three of four Firetrol Austin’s divisions of sprinkler, alarm & detection, and inspections.
    Leah Allen, Ph.D., biology, chemistry, environmental systems and aquatic science teacher at Success High School in the Round Rock Independent School District is the first to complete her educator externship with Firetrol.
    Firetrol is a full-service fire protection systems contractor. -cmw

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