PELLA  Central College's strength and conditioning program, part of the exercise science major, has been approved through the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Education Recognition Program.

In pursuing and achieving NSCA recognition through the ERP, Central's program has demonstrated that it is committed to quality and meets the requirements to prepare students for NSCA exams in becoming certified strength and conditioning specialists. This test is the gold standard in the field and enhances a student's credentials when seeking job opportunities.

Central is one of just four colleges and universities in Iowa to hold this distinction from NSCA. The others are Loras College, St. Ambrose University and University of Dubuque.

The recognition provides students access to grants, scholarships and internships, while also offering discounts on exams and conferences.

Through the partnership with NSCA, Central students also have access to professional development and networking opportunities.

The NSCA is a nonprofit association dedicated to advancing the strength and conditioning and related sport science professions around the world.

It exists to empower a community of professionals to maximize their impact through disseminating evidence-based knowledge and its practical application by offering industry-leading certifications, research journals, career development services, networking opportunities and continuing education.

The NSCA community is composed of more than 60,000 members and certified professionals throughout the world who further industry standards as researchers, educators, strength and conditioning coaches, performance and sport scientists, personal trainers, tactical professionals and other related roles.

The recognition is valid for three years.

Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, four-year liberal arts college. Central is known for its academic rigor, leadership and character development, global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and sustainability education, athletics and service. For more information about Central College: www.central.edu.

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