Department Chair Pamela Soto called the meeting to order at 1:00 pm. The advisory board members introduced themselves to the rest of the committee
Item # 2:
Chair and Vice Chair Election
Pamela Soto proceeded by addressing the first item in the agenda, the Chair and Vice Chair Election. During the discussion for nominations Jennifer Wireman volunteered to be chair and nominated Abraham Acosta to be Vice-chair. Both were approved by the committee.
Item # 3:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. There are 3 colleges in the nation accredited by the CAAHEP in the area of Personal Fitness Trainer. Pam sent an email to all three regarding how the accreditation has helped them. Two replied back. Both Sinclair College and Montgomery College said it has helped their programs with marketing the programs and increase the number of students that entered their programs. Committee members shared that if they have two applicants with similar experience but one graduated from a CAAHEP accredited institution they would hire that candidate. The committee voted to pursue accreditation by CAAHEP.
Item # 4:
Curricular Change Proposal
The Associate of Applied Science Degree changes proposed and approved by the committee are to drop KINE 1108 Conditioning—Walk/ Jog and KINE 1238 Intro to Physical Fitness and Sport and in place add MRKG 1311 Principles of Marketing. This will help students acquire the tools necessary to market themselves to potential clients. The committee also approved changing the degree plan from AAS Personal Fitness Trainer to AAS Exercise Science. The new title would open up avenues for transfer to four-year institutions and reflect the curricular requirements of the AAS degree more accurately.
Approved changes to the Personal Fitness Trainer Certificate are to remove KINE 1238 Intro to Physical Fitness and Sport and move BIOL 1323 Human Nutrition or BIOL 1322 Contemporary Issues in Nutrition from the second semester to the first semester. This would increase the first semester hours for the first semester from 16 semester hours to 17. Second semester changes are to add the MRKG 1311 Principle of Marketing. The certificate credit hours will increase from 34 semester hours to 35.
Approved changes to the Fitness Specialist Certificate are to replace KINE 1238 Intro to Physical Fitness and Sport with BIOL 1323 Human Nutrition or BIOL 1322 Contemporary Issues in Nutrition. This increases the required certificate credit hours from 16 to 17 hours.
Item # 5:
Paul Smith asked the committee members if the ACC graduate employees coming prepared. Yes was the answer. Are the 6 to 8 ACC interns coming prepared? Yes but some need to be more assertive and reach out to the clients more willingly. This is where the marketing class might help them learn how to reach out to the clients.
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