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Health/Physical Education/Recreation/Sports Management

ECC student working out in Dale Howard Wellness Center

Promoting good health behaviors and practices is becoming increasingly important in today’s society due to the stress, poor diets, lack of exercise, and the overall lifestyle to which our culture has grown accustomed. The Sports field encourages participation in physical activity by engaging people to commit to sports, exercise and various games. The rising interest in personal training, aerobics instruction and coaching has created good opportunities for fitness trainers, aerobics instructors and coaches of all sports at all levels. Recreation and fitness jobs are expected to increase due to more businesses recognizing the benefits of recreation and fitness programs.

You could be the one to change someone’s life for the better, providing them with support, motivation, and an appreciation for health and happiness. A physically active lifestyle results in better health behaviors and improved mood and mental health, helping people maintain peace of mind,  preventing diseases, and increasing life expectancy. Anyone wishing to pursue a career in this field should have strong communication skills, enjoy being physically active and organized, and work well with others. Great leadership skills and motivation will also make you a successful professional in this field.

Career Info

Related occupational areas include athletes, fitness trainers and instructors, recreation workers, teachers, and umpires/referees/other sports officials. Employment opportunities are found in education, recreational facilities, nursing homes, retirement communities, senior centers, amusement parks and athletic clubs, as well as temporary positions in summer camps and after school programs.


ECC’s two-year Associate of Arts (AA) transfer degree is designed to meet the requirements of colleges and universities to which students may wish to transfer for completion of baccalaureate (BA or BS) degrees. In many instances, transfer colleges accept this degree as equivalent to their own general education requirements.

Because the requirements for an AA transfer degree change periodically, students should check with their academic advisor or the ECC Admissions Office to confirm that they have the most current information. Students are responsible for knowing the requirements for the degree they hope to obtain and for planning their schedule accordingly.

Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa

ECC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable ECC students to transfer credits seamlessly to any of the state universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at ECC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the ECC Admissions Office for more information!

The Ellsworth Experience

  • ECC currently has the 17th highest student success rate (graduation rate + transfer rate) of any community college in the nation.
  • The College offers generous scholarships and financial aid packages, which is why our graduates have one of the lowest average student debt loads of any college in Iowa, public or private, two-year or four year!
  • What students appreciate about ECC is our smaller class sizes, which results in more one-on-one attention from the instructor and greater classroom success.
  • Take a virtual tour of our athletic facilities (below):

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