CHAMPION - With people living longer and needing assistance with their health, the Trumbull Career and Technical Center is adding a new program this fall.
TCTC Superintendent Jason Gray said the new exercise science program will be offered for the 2014-15 school year designed for students who want to follow the health care pathway for careers as personal trainers, physical fitness instructors, and strength coaches.
He said students will be able to earn college credit toward nutritionist and physical and occupational therapy programs.
Gray said people are living longer and there is a need for people in the health fields to help those heal from injuries and to prevent such injuries all together
The course for juniors and seniors will be offered for an entire year.
A room was remodeled into the exercise program made possible by a "Straight A Wellness Grant."
"This room was made possible by a portion of what came for that grant," he said.
The grant was also used for offering more variety of healthy foods in the cafeteria, such as the salad bar.
Gray said the room can be utilized by staff and students in the program.
He said that during recent sophomore student visits to TCTC the room and program was showcased.
"The students in the program will learn fitness assessments and to set goals," he said.
Those completing the requirements can earn National Association of Sports Medicine certification and credit.
To add to the room's equipment, TCTC visual design student David Dennison made the logo used for the fitness center.
Dr. Michael Turkali, course instructor, said he will create fitness courses and program for the adult education, and at the same time start a wellness program in the evening.
There will be fitness testing and setting of goals for participants using the equipment.
Turkali said "this will let the students engage in some different venues in the heath care field and provide an opportunity to gain hands-on experience.. We want to get students in here who may not be sure what they want to do do but at least see what opportunities in this field are available."
He said exercise staff will help transform lives using the equipment.
Among other career possibilities are exercise science, anatomy, nutrition and weight management, rehabilitation treatment and injury assistance