Grace College and Manchester College Enter Athletic Training Program Partnership

On April 4, representatives from Grace College and from Manchester College (located in North Manchester, Indiana) attended a luncheon to formalize a partnership between the schools.  The partnership will allow students who graduate from Grace College with a B.S. in Exercise Science to continue their education at Manchester College in the Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program.  Students who take advantage of the three-year accelerated program at Grace will be able to graduate and enter the workforce in only five years.  The agreement is taking advantage of programs at each school – the new B.S. in Exercise Science at Grace, debuting Fall 2012, and the MAT at Manchester, which began in Summer 2010.

Manchester’s Master of Athletic Training program affords students practical, hands-on experience that prepares them for jobs in secondary schools, colleges and universities, hospitals and clinics, fitness and recreation centers, business and industry, and with professional sports teams.  This format will work especially well with Grace graduates, who will have completed their undergrad degree with 12 hours of applied learning credits.  It is anticipated that Grace College will become a Clinical Athletic Training Site for the MAT program.

The MAT program is a full-time two-year program designed for students whose bachelor’s degrees are in other disciplines, which promotes diversity and enhanced versatility within the athletic training profession.  The MAT program had an accreditation site visit in February and accreditation is anticipated in Summer 2012.  Only graduates of accredited programs are eligible to take the BOC examination for certification as an athletic trainer.

Dr. Glenn Sharfman, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Mark Huntington, Program Director, Graduate Athletic Training Education, and Jeff Beer, Program Director for Undergraduate Athletic Training Education, represented Manchester College at the luncheon.  Dr. William Katip, Provost, Dr. Jeffrey Fawcett, Dean of the School of Business, and Dr. Darrell Johnson, Director for the Sport Management Program,  represented Grace College.  The representatives agreed that the partnership is an exciting opportunity for both the schools and the students involved. “This is a great opportunity for Grace to offer an option in Athletic Training.  The Master’s Program at Manchester College is a quality program, and I am happy to send our students there to further their education.  Dr. Huntington and I are both pleased with the opportunities this cooperative program affords students at both institutions.  This program opens a new academic area for Grace College Sport Management Majors” Johnson said.

Manchester College is an independent, liberal arts college located in North Manchester, Indiana, with 1,320 students who choose from at least 55 areas of undergraduate study, two master’s programs, and 19 NCAA Division III varsity sports.  Manchester College is a college of the Church of the Brethren and has received acclaim in the 2012 America’s Best Colleges guide of U.S. News & World Report for academic programs and affordability. Manchester has received the “Best College” ranking for 16 consecutive years. The Princeton Review also consistently ranks Manchester as a “Best in the Midwest.”

Grace College is an evangelical Christian community of higher education that applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. The academic, residential, athletic, and social aspects of the college are designed to encourage intellectual and spiritual growth in a supportive campus community. The 180-acre campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Ind. It has historically been among the top schools of its size and listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges. The Princeton Review has regularly awarded it the title of a “Best Midwestern College.”

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