FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
How much does the program cost?
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” guarantees CPFTA cadets a scholarship to any city college of Chicago (www.ccc.edu). Students are responsible for all college books and fees. Other scholarships may be available through the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Fire Department.
When do the classes happen?
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?
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. The Chicago Police Education and Training Academy 1300 West Jackson
The Robert J. Quinn Fire Academy 558 West DeKoven
Do I get credit for these classes?
Yes. CPFTA credit can be used toward your Career Education requirement or as an elective to graduate.
I heard something about summer internships?
All junior cadets have the opportunity to participate in the paid summer internship program through the Youth Ready Chicago summer jobs program. Please visit www.youthreadychicago.org for more information.
Cadets participate in the summer internship between their junior and senior year of the program.