First Cohort Completes Program To Prepare For Personal Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Careers

These University of Arkansas at Monticello students recently became the first cohort to complete the National Strength and Conditioning Association's (NSCA) Education Recognition Program, which recognizes schools with standardized, approved strength and conditioning or personal training curricula. Completion of the program prepares students to become certified personal trainers and strength and conditioning specialists. The class was taught by Dr. Suzanna Guizar, an assistant professor of exercise science and an NSCA-certified personal trainer. Pictured from left are (first row) Guizar, Katie Houpt of Malvern, Vanessa Mendoza of Star City, Mia Hayes of Houston, Tex., Skyler Anderson of Foreman, Kristen Osteen of Hamburg, Korie Parker of Benton, Ashton Currey of Benton, Magda Ramos of Hermitage, Sydnie Ware of Hamburg, (back row) Justin King of Shaw, Miss., Dezmond Bedford of Cleveland, Miss., Christian Jefferson of El Dorado, Hunter Bell of Vicksburg, Miss., Andrew Mendoza of Star City, Tony Cox of Memphis, Tenn., Cooper Stephens of Rockwall, Tex., Matthew Cater of Monticello, Chris Calcote of Brookhaven, Miss., Wesley Williams of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Corey Young of Star City. (Not pictured:  Nick Akers of Monticello)