GRCC Wellness Program Addresses Needs of Employers and Individuals, Responds to Community Demand

Grand Rapids Community College is now accepting students into a new program, sought after by individuals and corporations: Personal Wellness Trainer.

In introducing the new program, GRCC Workforce Development Director Julie Parks says the College is responding to requests from both employers and entrepreneurs. “We’ve heard from health and fitness business owners, telling us what they need in entry level employees.  And, some people see it as a great opportunity to start a small business,” says Parks. “And why not?” she adds, “As health becomes a more central focus across all age groups, there will be increased demand for these services.”

Course outcomes include completing a 6-week, 48-hour externship experience and preparation for the National Strength and Conditioning Association's national certification exam.   Deadline to register for the training is May 15, 2011.

According to Parks, GRCC’s program was developed with assistance from local experts, including trainer Gary Strehlke, who teaches the classes. Classes will use both GRCC and Hunting YMCA facilities. Personal/Wellness Trainers provide physical fitness instruction and fitness and lifestyle assessments to meet a person’s individual needs.  Adds Parks, “GRCC’s course will prepare students to work in an entry level position at a fitness center, health club, corporate wellness department, or on a freelance basis.”

 Interested individuals can visit (click on “entry level medical”), or call 234-3400.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for nearly 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification & training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as seven community campuses throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.  GRCC’s Workforce Training provides continuing education, professional development and customized training all over Michigan.

In 2008, GRCC trained over 9,000 people. Training areas include but are not limited to: Alternative Energy, Business and Entrepreneurship, Health Care, Innovation, Manufacturing, and Sustainable Construction.