Physical Education

About the Department

The Central Lakes College Departments of Physical Education and Health are committed to promoting health and personal wellness through the teaching of healthy, physically active lifestyles. A wide variety of classes are provided to suit every student’s individual interest and level of fitness. Students taking physical education courses become better informed on health, fitness, and leisure issues that result in positive behavioral changes that will enhance their physical, social and emotional lives.

Courses offered out of the Department of Physical Education fill the general education requirements of the transfer curriculum while serving the special needs of those interested in pursuing careers in physical education and health related professions for transfer to a four-year college or entrance into the workforce.

Department Information

Department Description: Today’s students will represent the first generation ever to have a lifespan shorter than that of their parents, unless current diet and exercise habits change. So says the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Courses in Physical Education provide co-educational opportunities to advance one’s fitness as well as acquire knowledge and skills associated with athletics, athleticism, and team sports. The schedule endeavors to afford students season-oriented activities that are able to make use of facilities and outdoor environments, from weight rooms and dance floors to our area’s magnificent golf courses and cross-country ski trails. Varsity sports, which earn the participant one credit per season, provide intercollegiate athletic competition as a higher education platform to further one’s competitive abilities and, in some cases, pursuit of professional athletic status.

Department Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate understanding of how to improve their own level of fitness.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the health benefits of exercise.
  • Demonstrate skills related to the practice of a sport/activity.

Special Department Information: Entrance to any of the college’s intercollegiate athletics programs requires passage of a physical examination.

Select this link to view a complete listing of Physical Education course offerings.

Career Opportunities: Some graduates from the two-year college continue studies as undergraduates in Physical Education degree programs of universities. They become professional athletes, athletic trainers, sports officials, administrators, adaptive PE instructors and coaches, sports facility managers, and certified fitness trainers. Median wage for athletic trainers is $32,990 per year, for coaches and scouts: $26,740 per year. College and professional coaches usually have a bachelor’s degree, and some have a master’s degree. In addition, most have many years of experience playing and then coaching their sport. Most have worked their way up through the coaching ranks.

Career Titles: Personal Trainer, Corporate Fitness Instructor, Activities Director, Nutrition Specialist, Cardiovascular Fitness Instructor, Cruise Recreation Director, Health/Fitness Consultant, Occupation Exercise Scientist, Camp Director, Professional Sports Umpire, Professional Sports Scout, Spa/Health Club Manager

Instructors

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Greg Medeck

Football Coach
Phone: 218-855-8212
Brainerd E146

Jane Peterson

Volleyball Coach
Phone: 218-855-8210
Brainerd E144
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Jim Russell

Athletic Director / Men's Basketball Coach
Phone: 218-855-8213
Brainerd E147B

Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/lmi/ces/
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm
http://www.iseek.org/jobs/jobmarket.html

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