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"Recent studies reported by the U.S. Surgeon General and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirm that physical activity reduces the risk of developing some of the leading causes of illness and death, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes for all ages. Many students, however, are not getting enough physical activity; and are not learning to be responsible for their own health." (National Association for Sport & Physical Education)

The Physical Education department at WWCC offers a variety of courses that expose the student to leisure activity skills and fitness activities that educate students how to be responsible for their own health.



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Walla Walla Campus
500 Tausick Way
Walla Walla, WA 99362


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Clarkston Campus
1470 Bridge Street
Clarkston, WA 99403

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The mission of the Physical Education and Recreation Division is to provide knowledge that encourages positive lifestyle practices, attitudes and values. The division is committed to promoting continual self-assessment and personal growth to enrich the quality of life.

Program Outcomes

  • Calculate target heart rate and demonstrate its use.
  • Articulate and practice proper activity mechanics.
  • Develop an individual workout plan with strategic design and attainable goals.
  • Identify the benefits of proper exercise methods, warm-up and cool down techniques, stretching techniques, and safety.
  • Demonstrate the progressive increase of workload to improve fitness levels.
  • Articulate and practice concepts associated with general fitness, cardiovascular improvement, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, stress reduction and safety.

Degree Options

Students may earn an Associate in Arts AA-DTA degree (90 credits) which is designed for students planning to transfer to a baccalaureate institution with junior standing. Students pursuing this degree should meet with an academic advisor at WWCC and an advisor at their intended baccalaureate institution to determine an appropriate educational plan. (See AA-DTA in Degrees section of catalog).

Preparation for Success

Students interested in fitness careers should be outgoing, good at motivating people, and sensitive to the needs of others. Excellent health and physical fitness are important due to the physical nature of the job. Those who wish to be personal trainers in a large commercial fitness center should have strong sales skills.