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Fitness and Recreation Management
The Fitness and Recreation Management associate degree program at Madison College will develop your skills, as they apply to the recreation industry, in:
- Problem solving
- Human relations
- Team building
You will also receive management training for efficient and effective marketing, programming, budgeting and finance knowledge. The design of Madison College's Fitness andRecreation Management program will allow you to work within public municipal recreation departments, nonprofit organizations or commercial industries.
You may choose an Activity/Fitness emphasis that focuses on improving quality of life, or you can choose the Outdoor Education emphasis that focuses on growth through adversity.
You can also transfer credits to UW-La Crosse, Carroll University, George Williams College or Aurora University toward their Recreation Management degree.
Fitness and Recreation Management classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:
- Madison - Truax
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All courses for this program are offered only in person.Recreation Managementhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vFJ3MRdHMQ
- View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.
- Attend an Advising, Application, Information & More (AAIM) Session to get started in the admission process.
- Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC.
Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2020-2021 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.
Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:
- Progress toward your specific requirements
- Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements
If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.
Madison College has the following Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review the list and identify the right college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree.
After you identify your best transfer options, review the steps to transfer, attend transfer events, and meet with your program advisor every semester to keep your transfer plans on track.
Wisconsin SchoolsDetailsStudents who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.DetailsPer the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.DetailsEntering students who have completed Madison College general education courses with a grade of "C-" or better may apply them toward satisfying Stritch Liberal Arts requirements.DetailsStudents who complete the Recreation Management program will be credited for all work completed. Transfer credit may also be granted for general education credit pending evaluation of coursework. Only courses passed with a grade of a "C" or better will be considered for transfer. Students may transfer a total of 64 credits. Students interested in this transfer opportunity should work with their Recreation Management program advisor.DetailsA student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.DetailsStudents will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University.DetailsStudent who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.DetailsStudents must complete the 48 credits of general education requirements required by UW LaCrosse. Students should work closely with their Madison College program advisor to ensure the correct transfer courses are taken. Transfer courses must be completed with a "C" or better.DetailsThe terms of the Leadership & Org Studies agreement are limited to students who complete an associates of applied science degree and are admitted to the Organizational Studies emphasis of the Leadership and Organizational Studies at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. The terms of the Human Services Leadership agreement are limited to students who have complete an associates of applied science degree and have been admitted to the Human Services Leadership degree at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.DetailsStudents who complete the recreation management program can transfer up to 62 credits toward the Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Leadership offered through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies.
Non-Wisconsin SchoolsDetailsStudents who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.DetailsPer the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.DetailsStudents graduating with an associate degree from MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed admissions into CSU-Global and can transfer up to 64 semester credits from MATC to be applied toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Global.DetailsA student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.DetailsFranklin University will guarantee acceptance of all Madison College graduates with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate of Applied Science. Madison College graduates will have junior standing at Franklin University and may transfer additional credits (up to a maximum of 94) toward their baccalaureate degree.DetailsStudents will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University.
After completing the Fitness and Recreation Management program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:
- Relate foundations of play, recreation and leisure to stages of the human lifespan.
- Facilitate recreational activities to meet the needs of a variety of populations.
- Adhere to safety rules and regulations governing parks, recreation and fitness.
- Integrate leadership techniques to enhance recreational experiences for individuals and groups.
- Align recreational procedures to management, marketing and finance goals.
Prospective employers throughout Madison consider Madison College Fitness and Recreation Management graduates top candidates. Associate degree graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of recreation management, including:
- Recreation Programmer
- Sports Coordinator
- Aquatics Supervisor
- Activity Director
- Fitness/Health Club Specialist
- Personal Trainer
- Adaptive/Therapeutic Assistant
- Facilities and Grounds Maintenance
- Parks/Golf Course Assistant
- Seasonal Camp Program Director
- School-Based Outdoor Program Director
- Outdoor Activity Instructor
- Challenge Course Facilitator
- Outdoor-Based Entrepreneur
With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:
- Parks, Recreation or Camp Director
- Park Ranger
- Exercise Physiologist
- Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
- Challenge Course Director
- Director of Wilderness-Based Program
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2016 2017 2018 Number of Program Graduates 12 9 18 Number of Surveys Sent 12 9 18 Number of Surveys Returned 8 8 16 Percent of Surveys Returned 66.70% 88.90% 88.90% Available for Employment 8 8 16 Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% Not in Labor Market 0 0 0 Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Available for Employment
2016 2017 2018 Graduates Employed 8 7 15 Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 87.50% 93.80% Employed in Related Occupation 5 7 10 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 62.50% 100.00% 66.70% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 3 0 5 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 37.50% 0.00% 33.30% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 0 1 1 Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 12.50% 6.30% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2016 2017 2018 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.3 3.4 3.6 Number of Satisfaction Responses 8 7 16 Very Satisfied 2 3 9 Percent Very Satisfied 25.00% 42.90% 56.30% Satisfied 6 4 7 Percent Satisfied 75.00% 57.10% 43.80% Unsatisfied 0 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Very Unsatisfied 0 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2016 2017 2018 Number of Primary Reason Responses 8 8 16 Preparation for Getting a Job 6 2 8 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 75.00% 25.00% 50.00% Career Change 0 2 2 Percent Career Change 0.00% 25.00% 12.50% Improvement of Existing Skills 0 2 1 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 25.00% 6.30% Preparation for Further Education 0 2 4 Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 25.00% 25.00% Personal Interest 2 0 1 Percent Personal Interest 25.00% 0.00% 6.30% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2016 2017 2018 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 8 7 15 Before Enrollment 2 2 3 Percent Before Enrollment 25.00% 28.60% 20.00% While Attending the College 2 3 4 Percent While Attending the College 25.00% 42.90% 26.70% After Training at the College 4 2 8 Percent After Training at the College 50.00% 28.60% 53.30% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2016 2017 2018 Number of Employment Location Responses 8 7 15 In College District 4 7 10 Percent In College District 50.00% 100.00% 66.70% In Wisconsin, Not in District 3 0 1 Percent of In Wisconsin 37.50% 0.00% 6.70% Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 2 Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 13.30% Employer Location Unknown 1 0 2 Percent Location Unknown 12.50% 0.00% 13.30% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 2 5 5 Average Monthly Wage $1,372 $2,294 $2,812 Average Hourly Wage $7.98 $13.34 $16.35 Average Work Hours per Week 48.3 45 44 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 1 3 Average Hourly Wage $11.00 $12.00 $11.14 Average Work Hours per Week 25 20 25.3
Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018 Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison Number of Full Time Positions Open 378 22 Number of Part Time Positions Open 434 58 Total Jobs 812 80 Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018 Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions City of Madison Parks Division Laborer City of Stoughton Recreation Supervisor Stoughton Justin Moen Child Development Associate Middleton Madison School & Community Recreation Recreation Field Supervisor Stonehill Franciscan Services Director of Wellness & Programming Operations Dubuque IA Storybook Island Manager Rapid City SD Verona Area Soccer Club Premier Fields Youth Soccer Coach Verona West Madison Little League Groundskeeper Whitewater Aquatic Center Head Lifeguard/Instructor Whitewater
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Disney College Program
Student can register and receive up to 6 credits for participating in the Disney College Program. If a student needs to have full-time status they can also take additional online classes through Madison College.
The 6 credits consist of the following online classes:
- 10-109-144 Disney College Internship: This course provides credit for work experience for students selected to participate in the Disney College Program at Walt Disney World in Florida.
- 10-109-146 Disney College Seminar: This course provides credit for the workshops and seminars required for participants in the Disney College Program.