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Enroll in New Health & Fitness Science Associate Degree

A new associate degree is being introduced this fall in Health & Fitness Science. Jeff Moore, who previously served as college athletic director, has been tapped to lead the new program.

The program launch was based on requests from and research done with local companies that expressed a need for the skills, according to Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw, college president.

“We worked closely with fitness and health-care institutions that focus on fitness and wellness to understand their workforce needs and develop a degree to fill them,” said Hinshaw. “That’s the essence of a higher education institution that is truly serving the needs of the community.”

The Health & Fitness Science degree is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the fitness and exercise industry. Students will receive training in exercise science and be able to administer basic fitness tests and health risk appraisals, teach specific exercise and fitness classes and provide instruction in the proper use of exercise equipment and facilities. After completion, graduates may also earn an American College of Sports Medicine certification as a Certified Personal Trainer.

Employment opportunities can be found in commercial fitness clubs, YMCA’s/YWCA’s, wellness programs in business and industry, parks and recreation departments and other organizations implementing exercise and fitness programs.
Moore joined the college staff in 2003 as men’s basketball coach and athletic director.
He coached for six seasons, winning four region titles and being named Region Coach of the Year three times.  Under Moore’s leadership, CVCC’s athletic program has grown to be a respected powerhouse regionally and nationally.  The 2012-13 seasons saw three of CVCC's four teams win conference, two undefeated in conference play.

Assistant Athletic Director Nick Schroeder will step in as athletics director. Before joining the staff last fall, he served as the director of compliance at Longwood University, an NCAA Division I institution in Farmville, Va.  Schroeder also worked in the NCAA compliance departments of UNC Charlotte and the University of Louisville.  He holds a bachelor of science in exercise sports science from Elon University and a master’s degree in sports administration from the University of Louisville.

“CVCC would like to thank Jeff Moore for his commitment to athletics for the past 10 years,” said Hinshaw. “We are looking forward to the impacts of the new Health & Fitness Science program under the leadership of a proven winner. We are also fortunate to be maintaining quality under the leadership of Nick Schroeder.”

For more information on enrolling in the Health & Fitness Science associate degree program this fall, visit, or contact Admissions Director Laurie Wegner at 828-327-7000, ext. 4618.

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