College introduces new personal trainer program

05.05.2014 | By Andrea Vasquez

A healthy lifestyle can now transfer into a career opportunity as a personal trainer with the new certificate program offered by San Jacinto College.

Recently approved by the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees, the new personal trainer program will begin in Fall 2014 and will provide more mastery of biomechanical concepts, musculoskeletal deviation, and muscle mechanics.

“We talked to numerous professionals in the field who said there is a real need for qualified personal trainers with hands-on skills,” said San Jacinto College South Campus Athletic Director and Softball Head Coach Kelly Saenz.

The program will encompass a continuation of the study of scientific principles, methodologies, and research applied to exercise and fitness. Students trained in the certificate program will be able to describe complex movements in biomechanical terms, analyze the mechanical and physical factors involved in strength building, and design programs for clients with musculoskeletal deviation based upon the client’s age.

The two-semester (24 credit hours) personal trainer program also brings eight new courses to the College: first aid, personal training, exercise science, fitness event planning and promotions, lifestyle changes for wellness, theory of exercise program design and instruction, kinesiology and biomechanics, and wellness and health promotion. Upon completion of the program requirements, the student will earn a certificate of technology credential and be eligible to take the International Sports Science Association (ISSA) Personal Training Certificate exam.

“The College was looking at bringing in new programs, and with physical education being taken out of the required core courses, the personal trainer program advisory committee felt that this would be a great way for students to have access to personal fitness training while simultaneously preparing for a career in one of the largest industries in the nation,” said Saenz.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third (35.7 percent) of U.S. adults are obese. Texas has a prevalence of 30.4 percent of the adults being obese. According to the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS), in the Houston area, 58 percent of adults and 39 percent of children are classified as overweight or obese. It is estimated that by 2030, 60 percent of the people in the U.S. could be overweight or obese, therefore, increasing the demand for personal trainers.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates a 24 percent national employment growth in the personal training field through 2020, with approximately 6,033 fitness trainer and instructor jobs available each year. The Texas Workforce commission (TWC) projects an average of 260 personal trainer job openings per year. Personal trainers can earn an average of $17,010 annually (part-time) to $63,400 (full-time).


About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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