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Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 3:32pm

JCC's board of trustees recently authorized college officials to move forward with proposed new Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degrees in sport management for the Jamestown Campus.

The proposals, which have been reviewed by the college’s faculty, will be forwarded to the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department for the next stages of approval.

According to Kathy Stedman, associate professor of physical education, the proposed degrees are geared toward those students who want to be involved in sports but who do not necessarily want to teach physical education.

“The degrees allow students the choice of transferring to a four-year college for a bachelor’s degree or going directly into the workforce,” said Ms. Stedman. She also anticipates a significant synergy between sport management and other academic disciplines such as business, communication, and life sciences.

The A.S. degree program enables graduates to transfer to a four-year institution, preparing them to pursue careers in youth, scholastic, intercollegiate, and professional athletic organizations, sport facility management, sport media and communication, and fitness management. Core courses will focus on accounting, economics, marketing, communication, and psychosocial theories related to sport.

“Many students within the JCC service area choose to pursue degrees and careers in the robust field of sport management,” said Maria Kindberg, dean of arts, humanities, and health sciences. “These two new degrees will enable them to begin their pursuits at JCC where we can provide a strong foundation for transfer or employment.”

The A.A.S. degree is designed for individuals interested in entry level positions in the sport, recreation, and fitness industry. Sport psychology, sport sociology, and ethical leadership will be emphasized in the curriculum. Although not designed as a transfer program, many of its courses may be tailored for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs emphasizing recreation management, fitness promotion management, and coaching education.

Experiential learning experiences are key components of both degree programs.

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