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April 25

Emma Stokely
Public and Media Relations Manager
MCC personal trainer certification offering intended to max out
local employment pool in fitness, health and wellness field
OMAHA, Neb. (April 25, 2022) — Metropolitan Community College’s Workforce Innovation Division is now an authorized training partner of the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and will be offering a new personal trainer certification program starting summer quarter. After successful completion of the accelerated 10-week program, participants take the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredited NASM-CPT certification exam to gain entry into the high-demand fitness, health and wellness field.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of fitness trainers and instructors is projected to grow by nearly 40 percent nationally by 2030. Additionally, in Nebraska, demand for workers in the field outpaces the national average. NASM, a global leader in fitness certification, has trained more than 1.3 million fitness professionals throughout the world. MCC is the only public, non-profit institution in Nebraska authorized as a NASM academic partner.
“As the public becomes increasingly more conscious about maintaining good physical health and well-being, the College’s new certification is an important offering for people looking to get into a rewarding, high-demand career and employers who will benefit from a broader talent pool to fill open positions,” said Robert Caldwell, Workforce Training manager at MCC. “In addition to outstanding career opportunities immediately available in these fields, personal trainers make a lasting impact in the lives of their clients, and the profession is an excellent choice for someone who desires a flexible work schedule and has a passion for health and wellness.”
The certification content, which is provided with a blend of online activities and live instruction from a NASM Master Trainer, covers the most current evidence, strategies and training techniques to optimize human potential and performance. Topics include standards and codes of conduct; exercise psychology and behavioral coaching techniques; concepts and structures of anatomy and physiology, human movement, exercise metabolism and nutrition; client fitness assessments; exercise techniques; and exercise program design.
Common occupations of NASM-certified personal trainers include fitness trainers; gym owners or managers; virtual/online, athletic, strength and conditioning and nutrition coaches; group fitness instructors; massage and physical therapists; or corrective exercise specialists. Some occupations require further education and credentials.
“NASM is an industry leader in health and fitness credentialing and represents a standard of excellence that aligns with Metropolitan Community College’s reputation,” Caldwell said.
For more information on the NASM Certified Personal Trainer program, please visit or email Robert Caldwell at
Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.