Health and Physical Education

Health and Physical Education


My experience at Genesee Community College was one that I will never forget. All my teachers I had in my two years in the Physical Education department were always willing to help out if any other student or I needed extra help. The classes that I took were designed to give confidence in the student and help educate them along the way.

The classes in the Physical Education department were very interesting and made me want to go to class everyday. There was always something new and fun to do while learning and improving interpersonal skills all at the same time. Classes were filled with applications to activities that could be related to our lives and the teachers never talked over our capacity for learning.

I really enjoyed the challenging classes at GCC. I appreciated the fact that we had to take Anatomy and Physiology to graduate. Even though there were times that the class was a lot of work, I really enjoyed learning about the body and how it moved. I could apply what was being taught in A&P and in classes such as Weight Training, Intro to Physical Education, and Coaching Principles.

I also liked how obtaining your coaching certification is implemented into the Physical Education classes as electives. I think that is a good thing to have because it gives students the opportunity to enhance the marketability in Physical Education. I also liked how some classes had certifications that students could obtain for instance the American Red Cross CPR, First Aid, and AED.

Looking back on it, there were a couple classes that I would have rather taken at GCC then here are Brockport. I think that if all Physical Education Advisors have an academic curriculum of the different concentrations offered, some classes that are offered at GCC can be taken there instead of in a larger, more intimidating lecture hall setting.

Overall, the classes that were offered at GCC and ones that I took were very helpful in choosing my career path and I enjoyed the academic atmosphere that was in each class at GCC. There were many classes to choose from and each class opened my eyes to new ideas and sparked my interest. I think that the curriculum was challenging, but I was very successful in my classes and that was with the help of the teachers who taught the class.

Jen Ritter
GCC, Associate of Science in Physical Education 2004
Brockport State Physical Education Major 2004-2006

As a physical education major at Genesee community college, I learned great deal about my future profession. This program was amazing and it offered so much variety. When I first came to GCC I didn't know what to expect. I soon learned that the teachers and staff were very caring. They were always willing to take time out of their busy schedules to lend a helping hand or give friendly advice. As a transfer student I am now attending Brockport. Genesee, I feel pushed me to the next level. Now I am confident that I will succeed later on in life.

Tim Carrow
GCC, Physical Education Major 2004-2006

Genesee Community College was the first institution I attended in the United States. I came to the United States to experience the culture everyone was talking about in Europe. My plan was to stay for one semester and study physical therapy. However, my plans changed as soon as I met the GCC faculty and staff that became my good friends. As a student-athlete, I spent a lot of time in the athletic training room which led me to my career in athletic training. GCC did not offer an athletic training major, so I majored in Physical Education. The Certified Athletic Trainer at GCC took extra time and effort to teach me English and about the athletic training profession.

People at Genesee Community College and my host family changed my life. I decided to complete my Baccalaureate Degree and become the first Certified Athletic Trainer in the Czech Republic. I continued my education earning a Master's Degree in Athletic Training and am presently pursuing a Ph.D. in Teacher's Education with a cognate area in Athletic Training. My goal is to establish Athletic Training as a profession in the Czech Republic. I would love to be as influential on the lives of students in the USA and the Czech Republic as the GCC faculty and staff were on my life.

Marketa Schublova, MS, ATC, CSCS
GCC, Associate of Science in Physical Education, 1998
Slippery Rock University, Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, 2003
Ohio University, Master of Science in Recreation and Sport Sciences with a concentration in Athletic Training, 2004
Ohio University, PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with cognate in Athletic Training, 2006
Currently employed by Slippery Rock University

The Physical Education program at GCC helped prepare me for my eventual major in Athletic Training at a large 4-year university by believing that every student has the ability to excel. The PE program and staff at GCC helped to create an academic foundation that allowed me to surpass my own expectations and graduate at near the top of my class both at GCC and at WVU.

The courses I took at GCC can compete with the larger colleges and universities and at the same time offer the bonus of remaining small and personal. You get to know your professors at GCC and do not get lost in the crowd. After feeling overwhelmed and lost during my senior year in high school, at GCC I learned who I wanted to be and what I wanted to do with my life. I loved my experience at GCC and would not trade it for anything.

Hillary Battles, ATC
GCC, Associate of Science in Physical Education 2001
West Virginia University, Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training 2003
Employed by Work-Fit® as an Industrial/Occupational ATC at Alcoa, Massena

Having not decided on my career path prior to coming to college, Sport Management presented an opportunity for me to pursue something I enjoy. The classes I took were very interactive and hands on, which added to the experience, and prepared me for a career in the Sport Management Field. Introduction to Physical Education was very exciting to me, and provided me with knowledge about all the different job opportunities available in my field.

Brad Kozak, Class of 2006

Being a part of the Physical Education major provided me the opportunity to study and explore all areas of physical education, sport and recreation. The Coaching Principles class taught me effective methods of reinforcement. All the classes prepared me to successfully transfer to a four-year college, to further my education and obtain my Bachelor's degree.

The Physical Education Program opened my eyes to the different jobs and other avenues I can explore. There are many diverse jobs available to graduates with a degree in Physical Education. Being a scholar athlete at the school, they made me realize that it is important for students to strive for excellence on the playing fields, as well as in the classroom. The Physical Education Program helped me to grow, meet challenges, and have fun!

Jeff Gmerek
GCC, Physical Education Major 2004-2006

I found that the Sports Management classes at Genesee Community College were very interactive. The professors were very knowledgeable in their fields, and voiced their opinions, while allowing the student a platform to voice theirs as well. This was very valuable because it allowed students to shape and mold their perspectives, and offer other points of view on the subject.

There are many different certifications available to Sport Management Majors at GCC. A few of these include NYS Coaching Certification, First Aid Training, and Child Abuse Certification. These Certifications are vital to preparing students to be fully trained and prepared to be the best possible candidates when applying for jobs within the Sport Management Field. I feel that the Sport Management courses I took at Genesee Community College fully prepared me to transfer to a 4 year institution and join the workforce.

Justin Bye, Class of 2006