Olivia Moe

Online Editor 

The amount of academic programs Lorain County Community Colleges offers its students is astounding. Some of the most dynamic of these are found in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) department.

LCCC has three  technical certificates in the program. These include a One-Year Personal Trainer certificate, Short-Term Technical certificate and a Short-Term Wellness certificate.

According to the LCCC HPER website, the One-Year Personal Trainer certificate prepares individuals to own personal training business or become a private contractor. The Short-Term Technical certificate and the Short-Term Wellness certificate can be stepping stones to further educational programs once students transfer to a four year college or the LCCC University Partnership.

“As increasing value is being placed upon health care costs and physical fitness within our society, along with life expectations increasing, more people are turning to sports and fitness professionals to assist and educate them on maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” Lisa Augustine, a member of the HPER department explained about the recent increase in enrollment in the certificate programs, some 100-200 students.

The courses are instructed by Augustine; who helps coordinate the certificate programs, Dr. Mary Jo DiGiandomenico, Doug Herndon, Tom Paulchell, Jim Powers and members of the adjacent faculty. They have assisted in the educational needs for those 100-200 student who have enrolled in the certificate programs at LCCC.

The courses that students must complete for all three certificate programs include First Aid and Safety, Anatomy and Physiology, Lifetime Fitness, Health, and Fitness. Other core classes, such as math, english, psychology and oral communications are required to complete the certificate programs.

LCCC also offers an Associate of Applied Science in Sports and Fitness Management, a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and in Science of Sports Studies. All three are part of a partnership with the University of Akron.

For more information contact Lisa Augustine at (440) 366-7352 or email laugusti@lorainccc.edu.