Geauga Family YMCA and Kent State University Kick-Off New Education Partnership
Last Monday, Kent State University at Geauga and the Geauga Family YMCA launched their physical education partnership. After a year of planning and coordination, physical education students at Kent State University can now attend classes at the YMCA’s state-of-the-art facilities.
Although off-campus, these students will receive full college credits toward their degrees by attending Kent State physical education classes at the YMCA. Kent State University supplies the students and instructors, and the Geauga County YMCA provides them with the space and resources they need.
“When Kent State University originally approached us about the partnership, we were more than happy to help,” says Paul Conley, Executive Director of the Geauga Family YMCA. “This is a naturally reciprocal partnership that we think benefits the entire Geauga community.”
The Need for Space with Room to Grow
Kent State at Geauga is an excellent place to pursue higher education. However, they’re lacking the space they needed for large, full-scale physical education classes. Before partnering with the YMCA, phys ed students and teachers had to use whatever available space they could find for their classes.
”What Kent State lacks in appropriate space for their classes,” says Conley, “the YMCA is ready and able to provide.”
Students will use the YMCA’s Aquatic Center and Health and Wellness Center to complete their Kent State coursework. The Aquatic Center includes an open-pool, lap pool and current pool. It also offers a sauna and hot-tub for post-workout rehabilitation.
The Geauga Family YMCA Health and Wellness Center is a complete fitness studio. It includes free weights, weight lifting machines, PRECOR cardio machines and Expresso exercise bikes. Most importantly, they have an open exercise studio large enough to accommodate a class of 40 people.
If students want full access to the Geauga County YMCA outside of their classes, the Y offers membership discounts exclusively to college students. Conley says he hopes to see all Kent State students join the YMCA and take full advantage of this opportunity.
Geauga Community Partnerships Create a New Place to Learn
Along with the tangible benefits of their partnership, both the YMCA and Kent State feel working relationships like these have a positive “ripple effect” throughout the community.
“We’re incredibly thankful to have the Geauga Family YMCA accessible to our students,” says Susan Emens, Ph.D, Assistant Dean for the Kent State Geauga Campus. “We constantly look for new ways to partner with the Geauga community and bring more opportunities to the 2,000+ students at Kent State University at Geauga.”
Along with the Geauga Family YMCA, Kent State has ongoing community partnerships and outreach programs with the Geauga Park District, the Geauga Council on Arts and Culture, Leadership Geauga and over thirty local organizations.
Paul Conley agrees it’s alliances like these that help shape a stronger community: “This partnership with Kent State is exactly what the YMCA is here for. The students attend their classes during our off-peak hours, and they get the proper facilities they need.
“If you have a project that can use our support,” continues Conley, “don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to serve Geauga and make life better for our neighbors.”
Join The YMCA and Kent State Geauga Partnership
All students at Kent State University at Geauga have access to these physical education classes, including group fitness, yoga, and more. For more information on these classes, and enrolling at the university, contact the Kent State Geauga Campus Admissions Office.
Along with their various fitness facilities, The Geauga Family YMCA offers premium exercise programs, senior fitness classes, youth development programs and much more. Any member of the greater Geauga community can join the YMCA. Enroll online or drop by in person for a day-pass.