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As a social-venture structured as an SDVOSB and operated by a team of armed forces veterans who combined have 150 years of military service and 200 years of experience working at all levels in the fitness industry,VFCC provides veterans an unprecedented military transition path to a rewarding fitness career by providing a cutting edge online Personal Training certification, proven fitness business building course, quality job referrals to our career partners, and mentorships.

 

 

 

Featured Career and Academic Partners

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VFCC has partnered with many health club organizations who are eager to hire VFCC Certified veterans at their health clubs totaling over 2000 locations across the nation.  In addition, VFCC has partnered with multiple colleges and universities throughout the United States who were eager to offer our Fitness Training program and veteran support services. Below are just a few of our featured partners. See more of our partners here.

NOTE: STUDENTS MUST APPLY DIRECTLY THROUGH VFCC.  Details on local hiring locations in your area may be provided in advance of enrollment. Details on how to apply will be provided upon graduation.

Organizations seeking to partner with VFCC, please contact Chris Paschane.

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Gold’s Gym Announces Partnership with Veterans Fitness Career College to Create Viable Careers for Qualified Military Veterans

 DALLAS (November 9, 2012) – With historic unemployment rates reaching an all-time high, Gold’s Gym, the world’s leading authority on health and fitness, today announced a new commitment to our nation’s military veterans. The company will officially partner with Veterans Fitness Career College (VFCC), an organization that provides fitness education, certification, job placement, career guidance, advocacy and support to veterans and their dependents looking to launch a career in the fitness industry.

VFCC is the only academic institution with an all-veteran staff and extensive experience in the fitness industry, providing veterans a non-college degree personal trainer certificate program.

“The unemployment rate amongst our nation’s veterans is unacceptably high and Gold’s Gym is proud to provide an opportunity for veterans to work at our gyms and transition into civilian life,” said Todd Scartozzi, chief operating officer of Gold’s Gym. “This partnership will allow veterans to begin a new chapter in their lives. We’re excited to welcome all of the men and women who have sacrificed so much to preserve our freedom into the Gold’s Gym family and we look forward to launching their careers in fitness.”

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This partnership is part of a larger commitment that Gold’s Gym and its corporate-owned facilities have made with VFCC and the military veteran community. In addition to Gold’s Gym Holding Corp providing practical job training to veterans, the company’s corporate-owned gym locations will provide active duty and veterans with free enrollment and/or a one month complimentary membership with one free personal training session.

"It was a natural progression of my journey to combine my passion for fitness along with my commitment to help veterans into this social-venture. Gold’s Gym really stepped up to the plate to serve our veterans and we’re extremely excited to partner with Gold’s Gym corporate," said Chris Paschane, founder and CEO of VFCC. “Everyone at Gold’s Gym proved to us they really care about our veterans and are willing to do whatever they can do help veterans make a successful transition into a fitness career with their organization. We look forward to a great relationship with Gold’s Gym.”

About Gold’s Gym
Established in Venice, Calif. in 1965, Gold’s Gym is the largest full-service gym chain in the world with more than 650 locations in 35 states and 30 countries. The iconic brand ranks in the top 15 percent of Entrepreneur magazine’s 2011 “Franchise 500.” Gold’s Gym offers the latest equipment and services, including group exercise, personal training, cardiovascular equipment, group cycle, Pilates and yoga. With 3 million members worldwide, Gold’s Gym helps all kinds of people achieve their individual potential through fitness. For more information please visit www.goldsgym.com or www.facebook.com/goldsgym.

Ashland University’s Founders School of Continuing Education Partners with Veterans Fitness Career College to Offer Personal Fitness Training for Adults and Veterans                                 

1/19/12 ASHLAND, Ohio - In response to addressing the need for high-quality career training, Ashland University's Founders School of Continuing Education has developed a new partnership with Veterans Fitness Career College (VFCC) to offer workforce training in the fitness industry.

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"We're excited to embark on this partnership as part of our commitment to veterans in our community," said Dr. Dwight McElfresh, dean of the Founders School of Continuing Education. "As an addition to our dedicated office of veteran services, this program has been added in order to better accommodate the growing number of veterans on campus as well as our general public seeking careers in fitness."

According to McElfresh, the wellness industry is one of the 30 fastest growing job markets in the country.

"Because of VFCC's employment partnerships with Gold's Gym International, 24 Hour Fitness, and other health clubs, students acquiring VFCC's Fitness Training Certification will have a unique advantage in securing employment as a personal trainer or fitness instructor in a gym or health club," he said.

McElfresh said military veterans are targeted for enrollment to help them develop a niche in the fitness industry, but noted that the course is open to non-veterans as well.

Those interested in the personal fitness training course can sign up at the start of Ashland University's second semester, which begins Jan. 14, 2013. The students can enroll in this course any time after the start of the semester, and are able to go at their own pace.

"The time of instruction is very flexible, depending on the individual student's schedule," McElfresh said. "The online course is taught by 27 of the most well-known, progressive health and fitness educators in the fitness industry and comprised of professors, physical therapists, exercise physiologists, biomechanics and some of the top personal trainers in the world."

McElfresh said program support and guidance is provided by highly qualified veterans of the armed forces, all who have extensive experience in the fitness industry.

The eight-week personal fitness training program consists of online instruction, including videos, downloadable text, video-based questions and answers, questionnaires, and online workshops and webcasts. Enrolled students have access to support services, tutoring, counseling, and a 24/7 crisis line. Students also have electronic access to a Global Fitness Community and library.

Students completing the program will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from Ashland University's Founders School of Continuing Education and be prepared to take the PTA Global Certification test, which is recognized internationally. To receive a certificate and to have the course documented on an Ashland University transcript, students must complete 65 hours of instruction and pass an exam at the end of the course.

Those interested in the program or wanting more information, can contact Dr. John Sikula, director of the Division of Adult Studies & Veteran Services at Ashland University, at 419.289.5751 or jsikula@ashland.edu.

Created in 2010, the Founders School of Continuing Education brings together outreach programs, continuing education (CEUs), professional development, economic education, post-secondary options and adults studies and veteran services. Veterans Fitness Career College was founded in 2011 by Chris Paschane, a service-connected, disabled USAF Gulf War veteran, seasoned fitness expert, and industry strategist.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.

   

Unitas Fit Concepts LLC operates and owns Anytime Fitness Clubs in the Orange County area. One Anytime Fitness Club is open in Fountain Valley with nine (9) others expected to open within the next 18-24 months. Anytime Fitness -Fountain Valley, CA, a recently Certified Veteran Friendly Fitness Organization, is eager to provide career opportunities to veteran VFCC graduates at their health club.

Clark Bevans, Managing Member of Unitas/Anytime-FV has been helping Marines at Camp Pendleton for many years, which is why he jumped at the opportunity to work with our veterans at VFCC. Bevans is himself a decorated USMC Veteran who served from 1992-2001. In addition to his achievements in the Marines, Bevans has been very successful in the health club and fitness industry over the last 15 years where he has been a managing partner and/or Manager with companies such as Gold’s Gym, 24 Hour Fitness, Bodies in Motion and Evolution Fitness. On top of all of this, Bevans has found the time to compete professionally in MMA with a 4-0 record.

Since Bevans has partnered with us at VFCC, many other Anytime Fitness health clubs have also partnered with VFCC.  Contact us directly to find which Anytime Fitness health clubs in your area are in our career partner network.

 

24 Hour Fitness health clubs is one of VFCC's Career Partners who  approve/except the Veterans Fitness Career College Personal Training certification.  However, VFCC graduates seeking employment at 24 Hour Fitness must be processed directly through our back door “pilot program” which has been coordinated directly through Zen Nguyen, Manager of Fitness Services and Lance Sapera, Director, Talent Acquisition | Human Resources and approved by the other relevant executive stakeholders at 24 Hour Fitness.  Local General and Fitness Managers will not be directly notified of this pilot approval; therefore, when a student graduates from VFCC who is interested in working at 24 Hour Fitness, they must apply directly through VFCC channels because 24 Hour Fitness has not officially accept our certification into the published “approved certifications list” until we’ve successfully completed this "pilot period" with them. The key to officially being excepted comes down to the job performance of the veterans we refer to them. So, let's be sure to represent ourselves well.

"When I left active duty, finding a job/career was a nightmare. 11 years in the USMC, exemplary record, good civilian education creditials--didn’t matter. In the course of literally hundreds of applications/interviews, I was told in a round about way by many employers, ‘so you led a Platoon of Marines in combat and you traveled all over the world in leadership positions-so what?' I know what it's like to be a veteran looking for a career niche in a world that doesn’t appreciate our credentials. So, in the absence of any other direction, I carved out my own niche in the fitness industry and I'm thankful I did.  Now, that I have my own gym, I'm always looking to hire motivated veterans certified by VFCC at our gym". --USMC Captain Tommy Dunaway, Owner of Snap Fitness - North Arlington, tX

Since Dunaway has partnered with us at VFCC, many other Snap Fitness health clubs have also partnered with VFCC. Contact us directly to find which Snap Fitness health clubs in your area are in our career partner network.

 

"At Pure Fitness, we really believe our heroes need some career help when they come home. In my experience veterans are very organized, passionate and trustworthy people willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. Working with VFCC veterans allows my company to give something back to people who sacrafice everything for our freedom". - Charles DeFrancesco  DeFrancesco is co-owner Pure Fitness Group, LLC and sole owner of Fit and Functional, as well as a consultant for Next Level Speed, LLC.  Charles is also a former co-owner of Greenwich Sports Medicine, where he was in charge of all personal training and therapy operations for over five years.

 

 

Why Hire VFCC Veterans
at Your Health Club?


Veterans make "Ideal Fitness Trainers"
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With more than 870,000 unemployed veterans along with another 150-200k added annually, due to normal attrition, there is no doubt that the need and the opportunity to help veterans is enormous. 
Now with
historic government tax credit incentives in place, hiring veterans is    not only more important than ever,     it's more profitable than ever.

VETERAN VALUATION

 Veterans are career-oriented and looking to start a full time career.

Veterans are solution-oriented professionals who have spent four or more years in the military focused on completing a mission, sometimes in spite of difficult personnel, faulty equipment or serious time constraints.

Veterans are experienced team leaders  who have already managed groups of other professionals, written performance appraisals, set developmental goals, managed training programs, and spent time reinforcing the goals of the organization to improve individual performance.

Veterans are courageously decisive. Veterans are often invovled with major decision making that involves reasonable risk. These experiences have helped them learn to trust their instincts, as well as their training, when big decisions must be made.

Veterans are accountable.  Regardless of task importance, accountability is forged into the mind of every veteran.  In fact, many veterans have been accountable for projects involving tens of millions of dollars in value. These veterans are conditioned to consider all aspects of organizational goals – direct and indirect.

Veterans are flexible and adaptable. Military work experience is the most challenging of jobs.  Quick and frequent relocations are standard, and members learn quickly the importance of flexibility – accepting changes necessary to fulfill their assigned mission.

Veterans are back ground checked and they've all had frequent random drug testing, annual dental exams and complete health assessments every 5 years. 

Finally, most veterans are of the ideal age and are in great shape. The majority of transitioning veterans are in their youth around 22-30 years old and they look the part. They are often very fit due to the extensive military training and weight management standards.

VETERAN FRIENDLY EMPLOYERS???

With historic unemployment rates among our veterans, it’s encouraging to know that many organizations (in and out of the fitness industry) are becoming more aware of the value of hiring a veteran.  This growing awareness has motivated many organizations to improve their efforts towards recruiting veterans and invest into marketing plans to recruit veterans. While this is good news for veterans, VFC College feels that fitness organizations should be able to do more than just hire veterans; we want them to help veterans be successful in their career.

In the past, there are has been a few annually published rankings of veteran friendly employers (e.g. “Top 100 Military Friendly Employers”).  However, less than 5% of these rankings are based on “retention efforts”.  And, there is ZERO expectation or evaluation on how well these organizations are helping veterans be successful in their new career with these organizations.  In fact, these rankings are not even coming from fitness industry experts and they are mostly (approx. 60-70%) based on an organization’s “assets dedicated to hiring military” veterans and the “percentage of new veteran hires”.

These current ranking systems only tell you which organizations are making the largest investment to hire veterans; they are not telling you who are making the greatest effort to help veterans with retention and accommodation programs. Therefore, ranking organizations as “veteran friendly” through these old methods makes as much sense as ranking the “Top 100 Customer Friendly Organizations” by how much they invest in marketing to their customers--not on how much they invest in serving their customers. Clearly, that would be ridiculous, and so is this method for ranking a veteran friendly employer.

Seeking to create viable careers for veterans in the fitness industry, VFC College has set and continues to advocate for a new standard, the “Golden Standard,” for a Veteran Friendly Fitness Organization (VFFO).

Fitness companies can now be recognized by VFCC as Certified "VFFO" if they are willing to hire and reasonably provide negotiable accommodations for veteran employees (as well as veteran customers).  As the advocate for veterans in the fitness industry, we negotiate individually with each organization for accommodations such as:

  • Top priority for interviews and job placement
  • Reserve and Guard rehire commitments
  • Free memberships to ALL veterans (minimum of one month)
  • Veteran Scholarship Contribution for VFCC students
  • Paid apprenticeship programs  for VFCC students
  • Free Fitness Training session for Disabled Veterans (Varies from 1 -15 sessions)

At the end of these negotiations, fitness organizations are categorized as either a "CERTIFIED VFFO" or a "verified VFFO".

As one example of our CERTIFIED VFFOs, we can look at companies like Gold's Gym International (GGI), championed by Tim Keightley, Vice President of Fitness for GGI who eagerly jumped on board with us at VFC College to provide some of the best job placement employment opportunities to our veteran graduates at their 80 clubs across the US.  Tim is now working with VFC College to get the word out to their several hundred franchisees as well.

In addition to GGI,  VFC College has also "verified" veteran friendly employment opportunities with over two thousand (2000) locations with our other job placement partners at 24 Hour Fitness, Fitness Together, Anytime Fitness, Snap Fitness, EFT Group/Retro Fitness, and many others who will accept our certification and provide our veterans job placement.

Please contact chris@vfccollege.org for more details on how your organization may become certified and registered in our global registry of Veteran Friendly Fitness Organizations.

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