Brock University is partnering with Niagara Catholic District School Board (NCDSB) to deliver a new dual-credit course intended to give high school students an early introduction to the world of kinesiology.
The course will see a group of 30 Grade 12 students travelling to Brock twice a week to learn about the science of body movements — all while receiving credit at both the high school and post-secondary level.
Jamie Mandigo, Brock’s Vice-Provost, Enrolment Management and International, said the University was pleased to work with the NCDSB on such a significant opportunity for students.
“Offering a course related to student wellness is particularly symbolic,” said Mandigo, “as it represents an area that both Brock and the NCDSB share expertise in, and are committed to supporting together.”
Some overlap already exists between Grade 12 exercise science classes and the introductory course offered at Brock, said Kinesiology Professor Brian Roy, but those classes are available at only a few high schools.
“Ideally we would like to see this exercise science course, which really sets students up well for what we offer in the Department of Kinesiology, offered at all high schools,” said Roy, while adding the first step is to begin developing partnerships with local school boards.
The new course will touch on many aspects of kinesiology, including the role of physical activity in society, ethical issues in physical activity in sport, anatomy, physiology, human performance, biomechanics and nutrition, among others.
“Welcoming students from secondary schools across Niagara to feel comfortable on a university campus is of particular importance for Brock given that applications from Niagara students to universities in Ontario have decreased 10 per cent since 2011,” Mandigo said.
“Exposing Niagara students to post-secondary education at an earlier age will help them realize that pursuing and obtaining a university degree is possible.
“This unique opportunity to obtain a high school credit while also obtaining a Brock University credit speaks loudly to our commitment to supporting our local community and students. It also speaks to the NCDSB’s commitment to encouraging and preparing their students to be successful at their next step of learning at post-secondary institutions.”
An official announcement ceremony to launch the Exercise Science Dual-Credit Course will take place Monday, June 19 at 9:30 a.m. in Brock’s Bob Davis Gymnasium.
Representatives from Brock University and the Niagara Catholic District School Board will be in attendance to celebrate the partnership.