New MCC degree program preps students for growing fitness industry

FLINT — Mott Community College (MCC) will roll out a new Associate of Applied Science degree program this fall for Health and Fitness Professionals.

“It is a growing field,” said Nicholas Rethman, Coordinator of Physical Education for the Health Sciences Division at the College. “According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers related to

Fitness and Athletic training are expected to grow 21 percent during the ten-year period from 2014 to 2024.” The national average growth rate for all occupations is 7 percent.

MCC’s associate’s degree for Health and Fitness professionals will prepare students for either a professional pathway to enter the workforce immediately, or a transfer pathway enabling the student to transfer to a four-year degree program in Exercise Management or Kinesiology.

Beginning-level classes start in the Fall 2017 semester with Introduction to Kinesiology and Circuit Training. In addition to the fundamentals of human movement and exercise, Introduction to Kinesiology includes field work and job shadowing to get students immersed in the career field right away. Higher-level classes in the degree program will be available beginning in the Winter 2018 semester.

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to take the national certifying exams for personal training and/or group fitness instructor. Certifications enable graduates to work one-on-one with clients, manage fitness programs and facilities, and coach athletes.

“It is a great foundation for people interested in working with professional athletic teams, as corporate health and wellness advisors or as personal trainers,” said Rethman. “And, it is a good-paying career field. The median wage for students who choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Management or Kinesiology is around $45,600, with salaries as high as $70,000,” he added.

The MCC Fitness Professional program is also a foundation for those wishing to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, Physical Education, Health Science, Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Health Education. — G.G.

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