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New health and wellness class coming to North Island College

Anna Walker (left) and Melissa Rollin will share information tonight (March 13) about a new exercise and wellness class at North Island College. - Photo submitted
Anna Walker (left) and Melissa Rollin will share information tonight (March 13) about a new exercise and wellness class at North Island College.
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Melissa Rollin will make fitness fun this spring, combining her career goals and love of exercise with international travel.

Anna Walker and Melissa Rollin during an Exercise and Wellness class at North Island College last year. Find out more about the program at a free information session Thursday, March 13 at 7:30 pm at NIC’s Comox Valley campus.

Anna Walker and Melissa Rollin during an Exercise and Wellness class at North Island College last year. Find out more about the program at a free information session Thursday, March 13 at 7:30 pm at NIC’s Comox Valley campus.

Rollin and a group of 23 other students are travelling to the Andes Mountains for 20 days in May to study how adventure tour operators interact with nature, communities, and Indigenous populations. Students will also to learn about the effects of altitude on human health and performance as they study how local residents adapt to extreme conditions.

For Rollin, the ability to study fitness and take part in adventure sports in Bolivia was too good to turn down.

“It was a chance to attend a field school out of country and learn about fitness in a different culture,” she said. “It sounded like a lot of fun.”

The trip is just one of the opportunities Rollin experienced because she signed up for North Island College’s Exercise and Wellness certificate.

“Someone once told me a rolling ball creates its own path,” she said. “And I realized they’re right. I needed to find something that I was interested in so I registered in the program and now all this is happening.”

North Island College gave her a definite advantage at Camosun.

“Staying in your home town while you learn is a great idea,” she said. “I got to know instructors and was able to really concentrate on learning before worrying about moving to a new city and finding a place to live.”

Both her and fellow NIC graduate Anna Walker adapted to Camosun’s second-year diploma easily and are taking advantage of the new Centre for Sport and Exercise Education at the college’s Interurban campus.

North Island College’s Exercise and Wellness certificate is designed for students with a passion for exercise and health. Students develop hands-on skills in Nordic skiing, kayaking, rock climbing, and paddle-boarding while studying the science of exercise.

NIC graduates are guaranteed admission into Camosun’s Exercise and Wellness diploma, which leads to a bachelor degree in Sport and Fitness Leadership. Students also move into health and fitness related careers in coaching, athletic therapy, personal training, or additional studies in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and health research.

“The program leads to so many exercise and wellness related careers,” said instructor Kelly Mackenzie-Rife. “If you’re interested in a fitness career, come talk to me at an information session this week at the Comox Valley campus.”

The next intake of NIC’s Exercise and Wellness certificate starts this September.

For more information about the program attend a free information session Thursday, March 13, at 7:30 pm in Tyee Building, Room 203 at the Comox Valley campus or visit www.nic.bc.ca/communitycare.

 

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