Volume 47, Number 14 - March 15, 2010

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New six-week program offers certification as physical trainer

By Anushay Malik

The School of Community Education at the North Campus is offering a new fitness certificate program that allows students to become trainers in six weeks. It’s a non-credit program offered year round.

The program teaches students all the practical day-to-day skills necessary to instruct, as well as the theoretical and business knowledge needed to excel as a personal certified trainer.

It prepares students through a variety of certification exams and workouts.

“There are a lot of employment opportunities for certified people in the green jobs, medical fields, childcare, statewide and many more,” said Barbara Alfonso, community education chairperson. “I have seen many students taking interest in this program.”

Dr. Efrain J. Venezuela, the program manager of professional and workforce training at the North Campus, said the College has hired special certified trainers through the National Strength Professional Association to teach the program.

“The program holds a two-fold benefit of staying fit, working correctly and providing students an extensive listing of jobs in the personal training and fitness marketplace,” Venezuela said.

Cost for the course is $495. It includes textbooks and required materials for the class.

“It’s an amazing course with a discounted price and is very convenient for most students,” said David Wright, a fitness program student. “I look forward to the variety of career possibilities: working at health clubs, fitness centers, recreation centers and other business corporations.”

Competitive bodybuilder Ricky Gonzalez serves as the program’s NSPA certified trainer and course instructor.

“I enjoy teaching the classes and the workouts are great,” Gonzalez said.

Jerry Delgado, who has completed the program, said the class has ample benefits.

“I would recommend it to anyone,” Delgado added.

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