“We’ve condescend [the fitness tests] to make them a little bit shorter and not so challenging for the students here today, but just to give them an idea as to what the emergency services protocols are like if they’re interested in that field of study.”
Hamilton, Ontario (PRWEB) October 30, 2012
Mohawk College hosted the second annual Fit for Future event at their Brantford Campus on Elgin Street.
The event is directed and organized by Mohawk’s Justice and Wellness Studies department, with the help of staff and students. The purpose of the annual program is to expose high school students to the sorts of physical testing that is required to be completed by those pursuing studies in emergency services. Examples of emergency services include, but are not limited to, RCMP, firefighting, policing, and security.
The Fit for Future testing consisted of six challenges, each focusing on one or more athletic ability, including speed and agility, aerobic strength, physical endurance and mental focus. Although quite difficult compared to a teenager’s typical daily training routine, the Fit for Future challenge is designed to be less of an obstacle course and more of a learning experience.
“We’ve condescend [the fitness tests] to make them a little bit shorter and not so challenging for the students here today, but just to give them an idea as to what the emergency services protocols are like if they’re interested in that field of study.” says Niki Macpherson, Technologist at Mohawk’s Justice and Wellness Studies.
The faculty representatives and event participants were all pleased to see that attendance increased since Fit for Future was launched last year. “We have far more teens this year than we did last year,” says Niki, “and considering that it’s a rainy day, we’re still very successful, so the event is growing for sure.”
The Justice and Wellness Studies department is part of Mohawk College’s Faculty of Community and Urban Studies, and includes programs in Policing, Message Therapy, and Security and Investigation. With several interdisciplinary and community courses, the faculty offer students a variety of diploma, certificate, and apprenticeship programs that lead directly into corresponding career paths.