College expanding pre-sports management program


Students in a yoga class. Courtesy GRCC

A local college is growing its pre-sports management program.

Beginning this fall, Grand Rapids Community College students will be able to earn an associate degree in the field and then transfer to complete a B.S. in sports management at Grand Valley State University.

Associate professor Jodi Gee, head of GRCC’s exercise science department, said the two institutions have been working on the new offering for more than two years.

“Following the health and exercise science pathway here at GRCC will prepare students for leadership and administrative roles in sports organizations on the interscholastic, intercollegiate, professional and recreational levels,” she said.

The GRCC program also may include a tour of GVSU and meetings with its Movement Science faculty. GRCC already partners with Western Michigan University for students working toward degrees in Sports or Recreation Management.

In addition to exercise science courses, students in the pre-sports management program will take classes in microeconomics, psychology, statistics, general anatomy and business.

Gee said careers for those with a sports management degree include athletic director, health club manager, fitness program coordinator, as well as general manager, advertising assistant or statistical analyst for professional sports teams.

Those interested in the program may email Gee at jgee at grcc dot edu.

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