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

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 or



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.

"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

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 ( 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.

VFCC Founder & CEO,
Chris Paschane...

...a legacy of serving others
in fitness since 1991:

“In the veteran's support world, you can certainly fine virtuous veterans helping veterans, really smart businessmen, and expert practitioners. Unfortunately, it impossible to find these all wrapped up in one veteran advocate. Well, almost impossible ... Chris is proof that commitment to veterans, smart business development, and application of expert skills earned over decades of work CAN be found in one person. To top that off - his sense of ethics is nothing less than you'd expect from a military veteran - peerless. If your business, veterans' initiatives or fitness interests are aligned with Chris, you'll find no better partner, provider, or colleague!” 

Andy Gibbs, US Army Veteran; Chairman at Patriot Enterprise Project; Chairman, Veterans Business Institute

Chris knows what it means to “serve” and has a genuine passion to serve those who have served our country. We are working on a program to use his services to put more veterans to work through VFCC's excellent fitness training and job placement program. I have made several referrals to government agencies because of his excellent company and program. It has been my privilege to know him and an honor to work with him.”

Michael Kissinger, US Army Special Forces Veteran & Business Development Director at the non-profit Swords to Plowshares

"Chris, Your creativity and entrepreneurial record, plus your intelligence and public relations skills are highlighted and noteworthy. Your spirit and work are exemplary and Ashland University is pleased to partner with you on providing better employment opportunities for vets. Your efforts are timely and making a positive difference for many people in need of personal assistance.
We are proud to be associated with you. Please keep up your outstanding service."

- Dr.John Sikula, Director, Division of Adult Studies & Veteran Services Ashland University’s Founders School of Continuing Education

 "Chris's personal & professional experience rank him among the most respected and seasoned professionals in the fitness industry."

- Richie Jaynes, BS: Former Gym Owner Dallas, TX; Strength & Conditioning Coach SMU; fitness & nutrition entrepreneur

"Chris is a very innovative, hard working and a personable individual. He always seems to be on the cutting edge of new concepts and ideas. Chris helped us 'initially' get Bowflex home gyms the late 90's. He has always been a man of his word and I value his friendship.”

-Brad Carlson, MS: Senior Strenght Training Specialist at Bowflex/Nautilus, Inc.

“Chris Paschane is a born leader, motivator, and inspirational life coach. His dedication to excellence goes beyond the gym or office. He strives to be an example in all areas of his life. Chris is also a masterful stragetist in business as well as a creative marketer. He is an all around great guy and I am pleased to know him.”
-Numair Khaled, Diversity Plan Action Co-Chair at Humboldt State University


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