Student Tames the Flames, Secures a Job Before Graduating

Posted on 9/18/2015 2:27:17 PM
Adam Young in his firefighter gear

Adam Young walked around the Safety Sciences Career Fair, stopping to talk to representatives of Georgia-Pacific. He was interested in their internship. They were interested in what he was learning in Safety Sciences at IUP and his experience as a local firefighter.

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Student by Day, Firefighter by Night

A DuBois volunteer firefighter since age 16, Young joined the Indiana Fire Association when he was an IUP freshman.

“Any time you go out and can make a difference, it's rewarding,” he said.

Each academic year, a few of the student firefighters are given the opportunity to live at the firehall, which is near campus, at no charge. In return, they train with the company, help out in the firehall, and provide a quick response to calls coming in from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Young got the chance to be part of the program his sophomore year.

Multiple Job Offers Before Graduation

His experience as a firefighter along with his Safety Sciences education led Georgia-Pacific to offer him a paid internship in the company's packaging plant in Cleveland, Tennessee. By the time he graduated last December, the company had offered him job opportunities in several different locations.

Also before graduation, Young received an offer from ROC Service Company. He now works for the company as the Environmental, Health, and Safety Coordinator at their Williamsport, Pennsylvania location.

“I don't think there's a school out there for safety science that's better than IUP. I definitely picked the right school,” said Young '14. “I'm very happy with coming here for safety science. It would be very difficult to beat IUP's safety science program.”

Safety Labs Offer Hands-on Experience

Young said IUP's Safety Sciences facilities offer students valuable experience--there's a construction safety lab, a commercial fire-protection lab, an ergonomics lab, and an industrial hygiene lab.

“You can get a lot of hands-on exposure to safety equipment like air sampling equipment, scaffolding, and fall protection equipment,” he said. “I came down and did a visit (before applying to IUP) and felt it was a good fit for me. It would be hard to come here and not love what you see.”

  - Marilyn Kukula, Communications and Marketing writer/editor