CPFTA FAQs

How much does the program cost?Show More

Currently, there is no cost for Chicago high school students who participate in CPFTA. However, students who misplace and/or lose their instructional materials, uniforms, etc., must pay to replace any items issued to them. Successful completion of the two year high school portion of the program with a “B” (3.0 GPA )guarantees CPFTA cadets a scholarship to any city college of Chicago (www.ccc.edu). Other scholarships may be available through the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Fire Department.

When do the classes happen?Show More

Class is two days a week: Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. Additional classes may be held during a student’s time off from school. Parents and students agree to follow the CPFTA class calendar. Non-public school cadets MUST submit a copy of their school calendar to the site coordinator for verification of days off from school.

Where do classes take place?Show More

For Junior Cadets, classes 1st (Fall) Semester are held at the Robert J. Quinn Fire Academy and 2nd (Spring) Semester classes are held at the Chicago Police Education and Training Academy. For Senior Cadets, classes 1st (Fall) Semester are held at the Chicago Police Education and Training Academy and 2nd (Spring) Semester classes are held at the Robert J. Quinn Fire Academy.

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The Chicago Police Education and Training Academy 1300 West Jackson

 

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The Robert J. Quinn Fire Academy 558 West DeKoven

Do I get credit for these classes?Show More

Yes. CPFTA credit can be used toward your Career Education requirement or as an elective to graduate.

I heard something about summer internships?Show More

All junior cadets have the opportunity to participate in the paid summer internship program through the Youth Ready Chicago summer jobs program. Please visit onesummerchicago.org for more information. Cadets participate in the summer internship between their junior and senior year of the program.

How do I find out more about the CPFTA Program?Show More

CPFTA holds 13 information sessions across the City of Chicago from January to March.  Along with CPS representatives, Chicago Fire Department and Chicago Police Department personnel will be present at the sessions to help answer any questions you may have.

2020 Information Sessions

Thursday, January 23, 2020 Chicago Fire Academy 558 W De Koven St,  60607 6-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 25, 2020 Chicago Police Education & Training 1300 W. Jackson Blvd., 60607 10-11:30 a.m.
Thursday, January 30, 2020 Alcott High School 2957 N Hoyne Ave 60618 6-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 1, 2020 Chicago Fire Academy 558 W De Koven St,  60607 10-11:30 a.m.
Thursday, February 6, 2020 Sullivan High School 6631 N Bosworth Ave 60626 6-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 13, 2020 Chicago Police Education & Training 1300 W. Jackson Blvd., 60607 6-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 20, 2020 Curie Metropolitan High School 4959 S Archer Ave., 60632 6-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 27, 2020 Prosser Career Academy 2148 N Long, 60639 6-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 29, 2020 Malcolm X College- City College of Chicago 1900 W Jackson Blvd, 60612 10-11:30 a.m.
Thursday, March 5, 2020 Julian High School 10330 S Elizabeth St. 60643 6-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 7, 2020 Chicago Police Education & Training 1300 W. Jackson Blvd., 60607 10-11:30 a.m.
Thursday, March 12, 2020 Chicago Vocational High School 2100 E 87th St, 60617 6-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 14, 2020 Malcolm X College- City College of Chicago 1900 W Jackson Blvd, 60612 10-11:30 a.m.

2020 Information Sessions Flyer

  • There are currently no scheduled events.