CFCC health and fitness science student develops youth exercise training program
After graduating from Coastal Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in health promotion, Myrtle Beach native, Jordan Hale, moved to Wilmington to pursue a career. She soon realized she wanted to incorporate fitness into a health marketing career.
That’s when Hale discovered CFCC’s Health and Fitness Science program. She was looking for a career-based education and found that CFCC’s program offered hands-on training and skills to equip her for the workforce.
“CFCC’s Health and Fitness Science program is very thorough, and I feel more confident going into the workforce,” said Hale. “CFCC helps with resume writing, interview preparation, and what to do after applying for a job. They definitely get you ready.”
In addition to earning an Associate in Applied Science degree, the program prepares students to sit for certification exams. Hale feels prepared to take the successfully National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) exam for personal trainers. To add to her portfolio, Hale also considers taking the American Council on Exercise (ACE) exam for group exercise certification.
CONDITIONING A CAREER CHOICE
Hale has always been interested in blending health, wellness, and fitness. And becoming a wellness program coordinator is one of her career goals. She finds it rewarding when she can help someone create a better way and quality of life.
“Jordan has all the qualities that make her outstanding as a student in the Health and Fitness Science field,” commented Health Fitness Science Program Director Allison Nye. “She is focused, dedicated, and insightful. We have been so fortunate to have her in our program. Jordan will continue to do great and meaningful things in the health and fitness community.”
Work-based learning, or internships, have given Hale an excellent opportunity to work with clients and learn what environment she wants to work in. Moreover, internships provide networking by introducing students to potential employers and other industry professionals.
MEASURABLE LEARNING OBJECTIVES
During her internship at Nir Family YMCA , Hale teaches a hula hoop class, works with clients with special needs, and has been planning a new youth training program at the YMCA scheduled to launch in January 2023.
Hale developed the Junior Wellness Advocate Program to encourage teenagers 13 through 17 to be interested in the fitness and wellness industry. Participants sign up at the YMCA to shadow personal trainers, take classes at the YMCA, and achieve CPR certification. Hale believes this program is an excellent opportunity for teens to explore the fitness industry and get a head start on their careers.
Directors at the YMCA couldn’t agree more.
“Jordan has made an immediate impression on our staff and members,” shared YMCA Healthy Living Engagement Director John N. Adams. “She works with the Transitional Program for Young Adults (TPYA) and provides lesson plans for the Adapted Physical Education Program students. She represents CFCC’s Health and Fitness Sciences Program and herself professionally. She has been an excellent addition to our mission and will be successful in the health and wellness industry.”
Hale plans her next internship to be in a corporate setting to help round out her experience and expose her to various client bases and opportunities.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are plenty of opportunities for this career choice. For fitness trainers and instructors, the job outlook anticipates growth of 19%, about 57,800 jobs, between 2021 and 2031, a much faster rate than the average for most occupations.