The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), a provider of fitness certifications, announces a collaboration to offer reportedly the first-ever fitness certification program through the Academy at Goodwill Industries of Michiana.

NASM’s support comes from its Academic Partnership program, combining industry-preferred certification curriculum with hands-on application to successfully prepare students for gainful employment. The program length will be 10 to 14 weeks in a hybrid virtual format to serve individuals throughout its service territory.

The Academy at Goodwill Industries of Michiana is a Career and Technical Educational (CTE) initiative that focuses on the Education pillar of the organization’s mission statement. Empowering individuals to have resources and knowledge to further or complement their career is essential to the success of the program and the community. Among the Goodwill programs that have found the partnership between NASM and the Academy rewarding are Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) and The Excel Center.

NFP staff have used the information NASM provided to help mothers live healthier lives which positively impacts birth rates. The Excel Center is a unique, tuition-free adult charter high school that awards industry-recognized certifications and high school diplomas to adult learners. The Certified Personal Trainer certification program from NASM has allowed Excel Center students the opportunity to earn a credential and find employment in an in-demand career.

“The collaboration with Goodwill Industries and NASM will help fitness enthusiasts turned professionals continue to grow as the industry evolves and expands,” said Laurie McCartney, President of NASM. “This is significant as the need for personal trainers is at an all-time high. We’re excited to be a part of the mission to prepare students in Michiana for successful careers. By going through this program, they gain the knowledge and tools to transform lives, starting with their own.”

“Goodwill Industries is pleased to partner with the National Academy of Sports Medicine to provide this opportunity to the Michiana community. The wonderful career opportunities in the fitness industry add another pathway to our work of helping people find ‘their most abundant life’”, said Debie Coble, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Michiana.

[Source(s): The National Academy of Sports Medicine, Business Wire]