June 13, 2010
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Barbara Kerr, APR
Executive Director of
Communications and Marketing
Madeline Turnock, Director of Marketing and Communications, Concordia University
Clark College and Concordia University Take The Next Step
in Fitness Training, Exercise and Sport Science
VANCOUVER, Wash. – Clark College and Concordia University are taking The Next Step so that students in Clark’s fitness trainer program can do the same. On Monday, June 14, Clark and Concordia will sign an agreement allowing students in Clark’s fitness trainer program to transfer seamlessly to Concordia’s Exercise and Sports program.
The signing will take place at 9:30 a.m. in room 210 of the O’Connell Sports Center on Clark’s main campus. Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Driving directions and parking maps are available at www.clark.edu/maps.
Following the signing, Concordia University will offer interested guests the opportunity to visit the university. Concordia will provide van transportation (available on a first-come, first-served basis) to their Portland campus for a tour of their campus and a visit to their new Human Performance Lab. At 11:30 a.m., Concordia’s vans will return to Clark College.
Clark College President Robert K. Knight said, “Fitness trainers make a positive difference in people’s health and quality of life. Our students now have a wonderful opportunity to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree at Concordia.” Knight added, “In June 2006, Clark and Concordia signed a co-admission agreement. Four years later, it’s exciting to see how that partnership has grown through our mutual commitment to excellence in education and student success.”
This Clark-Concordia agreement smoothes the transition for students to continue their education in a meaningful career field that promotes physical health and improves quality of life for individuals and communities,” said Dr. Joel Schuldheisz, chair of Concordia’s Exercise and Sports Science department. “We look forward to welcoming Clark students to our campus and to establishing many more such collaborative partnerships.”
Here is how it works: students who earn their AAS degree at Clark can seamlessly transfer all of those credits toward a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science at Concordia. As part of the agreement, department chairs from both schools have already reviewed course syllabi, objectives and outcomes and determined that the courses completed at Clark meet the requirements of select courses at Concordia.
Information about Clark’s Fitness Training program is available at www.clark.edu/fitnesstrainer.
For more information about Concordia University’s Exercise and Sports Science program, visit www.cu-portland.edu/hhs/undergraduate/ess/index.cfm.
About Clark College
Founded in 1933, Clark College provides two-year transfer degree studies, technical training and basic skills classes for as many as 16,000 full-time and part-time students each quarter. Clark is the second largest college in the Washington state system of 34 community and technical colleges. Clark’s main campus is located on 101 acres in Vancouver’s historic Central Park, just east of the Interstate 5 highway and north of the Columbia River and the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Classes are also offered at Clark College at Columbia Tech Center in eastern Clark County; Clark College at Town Plaza, located two miles east of the main campus; and Clark College at Washington State University Vancouver in Salmon Creek.
About Concordia University
Concordia University is a private, Lutheran, liberal arts university located in northeast Portland, Oregon with a mission of preparing leaders for the transformation of society. Founded in 1905, Concordia University serves more 2,000 students through its College of Education, College of Health & Human Services, College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences and School of Management. Concordia’s Exercise and Sports Science degree program launched in 2009 and applies the best of sports and science knowledge to prepare students for careers that improve the quality of life for people in their communities.