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  • The GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport is impacting the lives of residents of nearby communities, through several specially designed short courses.
  • Principal of the St. Catherine-based institution, Dr. Joyce Graham-Royal, told JIS News that the classes are the college’s contribution to the development of the area, as part of its Community Inclusion Programme.
  • The courses include: sports massage levels I, II and III; fitness training; weight training; sports administration; personal training; sports facility management; and entertainment coordination. Each course costs $35,000 and classes are held during the week and on weekends.

The GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport is impacting the lives of residents of nearby communities, through several specially designed short courses.

Principal of the St. Catherine-based institution, Dr. Joyce Graham-Royal, told JIS News that the classes are the college’s contribution to the development of the area, as part of its Community Inclusion Programme.

“Because of where we are located, we are conscious that the community needs a lot of help and so we do not just develop programmes at the college (for the students),” she said.

The courses include: sports massage levels I, II and III; fitness training; weight training; sports administration; personal training; sports facility management; and entertainment coordination. Each course costs $35,000 and classes are held during the week and on weekends.

While the primary target group is community members, persons who are already working in these areas, and have not been certified, are also invited to participate.

Just over 150 participants have benefitted from the programme since its inception almost two years ago. Dr. Graham-Royal noted that because of the in-depth nature of the courses, the participants have not had much difficulty finding jobs.

“They are usually able to find jobs in gyms, spas, hotels, private homes and some have been employed at the college to teach some of the courses,” she informed.

She added that “many of the employers have called and expressed their satisfaction with the training the participants received. They are also very happy with the level of professionalism.”

The Principal also informed that the college is now in the process of formulating an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Programme to be done in collaboration with the Spanish Town Hospital, to address the need for “adequately trained (EMTs) working on ambulances and in the hospitals.”