MCCC Responds to Community Interest in Fitness and Sports with New Degree in Exercise Science


Jenny Takter, who completed an associate degree in General Business this spring, has signed up to be one of the first students in Mercer's new Exercise Science program. Faculty member John Kalinowski is coordinator of the new major.

Responding to growing interest in fitness and sports, Mercer County Community College will begin offering an associate degree in Exercise Science when classes begin August 29 for the fall semester.

According to program coordinator John Kalinowski, “Students will take a wide range of courses that include anatomy and physiology, health and fitness, team sports management, exercise physiology, nutrition, exercise measurement/ prescription and kinesiology.”

A practical field experience will also be part of the program, which is now pending final state approval. Students who complete the program will be prepared to transfer to four-year colleges to major in fields such as exercise physiology, kinesiology, personal training, biomechanics, cardiac rehab, coaching, health and fitness, education, and strength conditioning for athletes.

Kalinowski has been teaching health and fitness classes at MCCC for several years and taught at The College of New Jersey as an adjunct faculty member. He is also the strength and conditioning coordinator for the MCCC’s award-winning athletics teams. He has worked with corporate, college, and semi-professional fitness and athletics programs, as well as youth and professional athletes for the past ten years. His client list includes the New Jersey Wildcats, the New York/New Jersey Hitmen, and MLB and NFL players. Kalinowski holds a B.S. in Corporate Fitness/Exercise Science from The College of New Jersey and an M.S. in Kinesiology from Georgia Southern University. He is also a strength and conditioning specialist certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Student Jenny Takter of East Windsor, who just completed an associate degree in General Business at Mercer, is looking forward to being one of the program’s first students this fall. A fitness instructor and personal trainer who works at Gold’s Gym, Takter said “I am interested in the science behind fitness and hope to combine my business and fitness interests for a career in the field.” She plans to continue her education for a bachelor’s degree.

For more information on pursuing an Associate degree in Exercise Science at Mercer, contact John Kalinowski at 609-586-4800 ext. 3675 or e-mail

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