Popeyes awards scholarship for training of San Jac firefighter cadet

08.24.2016 | By Jeannie Peng Mansyur

In addition to its famous menu, Popeyes recently served up a portion of its Houston-area restaurant sales to fund scholarships for aspiring Houston firefighters like San Jacinto College Firefighter Training Academy cadet Chelsea Sibrian.

With her $1,500 Popeyes scholarship, Sibrian can focus on her fire protection training at San Jacinto College while also working as an emergency medical technician (EMT). She recently graduated this summer with an EMT certification from the Dr. Kirk Lewis Career & Technical High School in the Pasadena Independent School District.

“I want to go into this career because it’s something I am very passionate about,” said Sibrian. "I decided to attend San Jacinto College because I heard that it's one of the best firefighter academies, and with the help of this scholarship, I can now train there."

Joseph Brysch, fire protection technology program director, said the scholarship will pay for most of the fire protection training portion at San Jacinto College. This is the first year that a San Jacinto College student has received a Popeyes scholarship. Recipients are selected through a process developed by the C.A.S.E.Y. Fire Ops program, which creates and fosters career paths for students who want to become firefighters and EMTs. C.A.S.E.Y. stands for cultivate, advise, support, empower and youth.

The San Jacinto College Firefighter Training Academy produces graduates who now work for fire departments across the state of Texas from Houston, Baytown, San Antonio, Austin, Sugarland, Woodlands, La Porte and Missouri City. For more information, visit http://www.sanjac.edu/career/fire-protection-technology.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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