The Exercise Science & Sports Rehabilitation Healthcare Program had a great year last year culminating in the graduation of our first class of ESSR students! This first group of seniors reached a number of milestones and helped build the foundation of the program for future student success. According to instructor, Justin Murphy, "It has been awesome to see these students grow as individuals and as young exercise science professionals following their interests". The field of exercise science covers many different career paths, and we now have graduates pursuing post-secondary opportunities in physical therapy, occupational therapy, cardiac rehab, physician assisting, pre-med, military service, radiology, personal training, and strength and conditioning. These different pursuits will add to our program's depth as we grow our alumni network of exercise science professionals.
This year's class of ESSR seniors is also very special. All 24 students in the class passed the AMCA Physical Therapy Aide Certification this past May. The combination of extracurricular and academic achievements of members of the class is impressive, and they are poised for an outstanding school year. Students are looking forward to collaboration projects with other Excel TECC programs, HOSA competitions, field trips and internships. And, we are very excited to be developing more community health and fitness programming; including a high school fitness competition, a Prom-Fit program, older adult exercise plans, athletic development programs, and original fitness classes-designed, marketed and led by ESSR students.