For Immediate Release
DUBUQUE, Iowa—Loras College has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Dubuque Racing Association. The funds will pay for the renovation of a 13-year-old athletic training classroom/laboratory inside the college’s Graber Sports Center that includes new equipment.
The renovation coincides with Loras College’s launch of a new double-tiered degree program. Beginning in the fall, students can earn both a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and a master’s degree in athletic training within five years. Loras is the only college to offer an accelerated athletic training program in eastern Iowa. The program aligns with Athletic Training Strategic Alliance’s two-and-a-half-year study that determined a master’s degree in athletic training best prepares practitioners.
“In a field that is increasingly more sophisticated, having state-of-the art facilities and equipment is critical to educating students,” Jim Collins, president of Loras College, said. “The renovation will also allow students in the new program to expand their volunteer outreach to athletes and patients in the community.”
Loras College athletic training students volunteer for a variety of community groups, including Loras athletes, athletes at Beckman Catholic High School; Dyersville; Western Dubuque and Galena high schools; patients of Dubuque Physical Therapy, Unity Point-Finley Sports Medicine, Spine and Sport Chiropractic; and the Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey Team.
The need for athletic training professionals is expected to grow 30 percent by 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those with such degrees often fill positions not only in athletic training, but also in physical rehabilitation, physical therapy, wellness and various other healthcare areas.
Loras athletic training programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education and the Kinesiology major is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Administrators of the athletic training program have raised an additional approximately $5,000 for the renovation. Work will begin before summer’s end and faculty will purchase some of the needed equipment while continued fundraising will pay for the remainder of the equipment.
About Loras College
Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. According to the 2016 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, Loras College was named the 13th Best Regional College: Midwest. Visit www.loras.edu for more information.
About Dubuque Racing Association
Through its racing, gaming and entertainment facilities, Dubuque Racing Association, Ltd. provides for social, economic and community betterment and lessens the burden of Dubuque City and area government, while contributing to the growth and viability of Dubuque area tourism. The Association strives to support a broad range of nonprofits, including organizations in education, health and human services, arts, culture, recreation, and civic and community development. Visit www.dradubuque.com for more information.
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