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Develop personally or prepare for profession through CCC athletic teams, study programs


Patricia Raube Keller

Whether you are interested in sports for work or for play, Camden County College offers a range of opportunities for you or your college-age children. Those who want to work in an athletics-related field may pursue an associate degree in health and exercise science or sport management or a certificate in personal training. Those with the talent for and interest in playing competitive intercollegiate sports have several women’s and men’s teams to pick from at CCC.

Employment opportunities are numerous in health, physical education, exercise science, fitness, sports medicine, athletic training and coaching with schools, community organizations, corporations, fitness facilities and sports medicine or allied health centers. CCC’s program in health and exercise science prepares students for transfer to a four-year college or university and a future in one of the aforementioned fields. The curriculum includes basic human biology as it relates to exercise science; analysis and problem-solving in relation to health and exercise science; health issues in the United States; and basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid.

CCC’s sport management program also provides a foundation in general education courses and prepares students for transfer to a four-year college or university but concentrates on the supervision of athletic, sport, fitness and recreation programs and businesses. A popular feature is the required internship, which previous students have completed with organizations such as NFL Films, the Camden River Sharks, the Philadelphia Phantoms and the Rowan University Athletic Department. Transfer schools include the University
of Delaware, Rutgers University, Temple University and Fairleigh Dickinson, the last of which offers courses leading to bachelor’s degree in sport administration right on-campus at Camden County College.

Internships also give students in the personal trainer certificate program an edge. No other certification program in the area offers this component of study, and it has resulted in CCC students receiving job offers before graduating. Personal trainers work one-on-one with clients to assess level of physical fitness and set and reach fitness goals, either in a gym or at the client’s home. CCC students learn to use health and fitness testing and exercise equipment; conduct health screenings and fitness evaluations; develop personalized exercise prescriptions; and basic life-saving skills. The program also prepares students to test for American Council on Exercise certification.

Outside the classroom, the CCC Cougars sports teams have built quite a legacy during the College’s 43-year history. More than 30 women and men have earned All-America honors from the National Junior College Athletic Association, and dozens more have earned Region XIX and/or Garden State Athletic Conference honors. The College participates at the highly competitive Division III level, which is for schools that don’t offer athletic scholarships, and regularly competes against other two-year schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. CCC fields varsity teams in women’s and men’s soccer, women’s and men’s basketball, softball, baseball and golf. Recruitment for all of these teams for the 2011-12 term is on now.

I maintain an open-door policy for all student-athletes, and I’m committed to doing all that I can to see that their athletic and academic goals are met. Anyone who makes a team will receive the support and encouragement she or he needs to be able to succeed both on the team and in the classroom.

For additional details regarding CCC’s health and exercise science, sport management and personal training programs, contact Professor Nicholas DiCicco at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4264, or ndicicco@camdencc.edu.

For further information on athletic teams at CCC, visit www.camdencc.edu or contact me at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4280, or pkeller@camdencc.edu.

Camden County College athletic director Patricia Raube Keller holds a baccalaureate from Greensboro College, where she played soccer and lacrosse, and a master's degree from Campbell University. She is pursuing a doctorate at Rowan University, where she previously was assistant athletic director for compliance. She is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics and the Women's Sports Foundation.


 

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