Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Certification opens new doors for KCKCC fitness students


Certification of Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Health and Fitness degree program by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) will open new doors for students in the College’s Exercise Science program.

“Upon completion of our Associate of General Studies degree curriculum, students will be eligible to sit for the NSCA Certified Personal Trainer program,” says Susie Myers, Coordinator and Professor of the Exercise Science Program. “In addition, NSCA will list Kansas City Kansas Community College on its website as meeting its educational requirements which will help market our program and recruit students.”

The application for the NSCA-Education Recognition Program for Certified Training Program was written and submitted by instructor Ron Wollenhaupt. The certification is for three years through Dec. 31, 2015.

“KCKCC is one of a very few community colleges to receive this certification from the NSCA,” noted instructor Julia Bichelmeyer.

As a member of NSCA, KCKCC also now qualifies to host an Exam Prep Symposium, which is designed to provide students a review course containing the most relevant Certified Personal Trainer exam contents.

“Not only does this provide students an added opportunity to prepare for the NSCA exams but provides a revenue opportunity to the hosting college,” said Linda Aaberg, Administrative Coordinator for NSCA. “As a host school, you will also receive priority hosting dates for the Exam Prep Symposium and a discounted rate for students attending the symposium.”

Acceptance into the NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP) provides several, benefits both to KCKCC and its students. Students will receive a $25 discount on their exam registration fee and the College will received $25 for each NSCA student exam registration. Other benefits include:
  • A searchable listing and link to KCKCC’s Exercise Science program will be featured on the NSCA Website;
  • Listing of KCKCC’s distinction in the Education Recognition Program in the NSCA Bulletin, a membership newsletter distributed to professional and associate members;
  • Up to three complimentary career posts (graduate assistantships, internships, faculty positions, etc.) on the Career Resources page.
  • Use of the NSCA ERP logos to highlight the college’s achievement or for use on school approved forms, documents or recruiting materials. 

PHOTO: KCKCC Exercise Science faulty members (from left) Ron Wollenhaupt, Susie Myers and Julia Bichelmeyer will have more to offer their students after the Health/Fitness degree program’s acceptance into the NSCA Education Recognition Program. (KCKCC Photo by Alan Hoskins)