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The FWS degree provides students with the educational and practical experiences needed to obtain employment in sport, recreation, exercise, or fitness organizations. It also provides students the opportunity to transfer to a 4-year degree program in Exercise Science, Sport Management, or other related fields in order to enhance their earnings potential. The A.A.S degree in FWS can be completed in as little as two years.
The FWS degree offers 2 degree options – 1) Exercise Science or 2) Sport Management. All students learn about the psychological, sociological and historical aspects of sport and exercise. Students interested in the Exercise Science option complete coursework focusing more on the scientific aspects of human performance. Students interested in the Sport Management option complete coursework focusing more on the business, marketing, promotions, programming and facilities aspects of sport and exercise.
Students who complete this program will have the necessary knowledge and skills to obtain an entry-level position in sport, recreation, exercise, or fitness organizations. Exercise Science students may seek employment as personal fitness trainers, sports performance trainers, group exercise instructors, or fitness technicians. Sport Management students may seek employment in sport or recreation management, programming, facilities, marketing, sales or maintenance. Students who transfer and complete their 4-year degree will be able to increase their employment opportunities and earn a substantially higher income.
This is a unique opportunity as few community colleges offer degree programs in Exercise Science and Sport Management. Graduates of the program will have had the opportunity to complete a variety of job shadowing experiences with any of the following partner agencies – Rockford Riverhawks, Rockford Icehogs, Rockford Convention & Visitors Bureau, Rockford Park District, Rockford Boys & Girls Club, YMCA of Rock River Valley, and Northpointe Wellness.
The FWS department is housed in the newly renovated Physical Education Center (PEC). The PEC has a 6,350 square foot fitness center, a 1,500 square foot dance studio, and six classrooms featuring state-of-the-art instructional technology.All of the FWS courses are taught by highly trained faculty and staff with several years of educational and hands-on experiences. Below is a list of the full-time faculty in the FWS department.
Learn more about the two educational tracks: