Health and Wellness Student Spotlight – Jackie Rein

Three Health and Wellness students performing an activity on an exercise ball.

MPTC Health and Wellness students in action!

1. Could you share your “story” how did you end up at Moraine Park?

I was a stay at home mom and when my kids went back to school I didn’t want to just work at a job I hated. So, I went back to school. I had a few different program changes and then I found the Health and Wellness program.

2. How did you decide you wanted to continue in the Health and Wellness degree?

I decided to continue with this program because I have a big interest in health and fitness. I have always been interested in fitness and exercise classes. I also took a few of the wellness courses in previous years so I decided to add on to that knowledge.

3. What do you like best about your education at MPTC?

I love to learn new things and there are so many courses here that I find extremely interesting. I have taken classes here at MPTC that I don’t even need for my chosen program because they fascinate me.

4. What is your career goal?

I’m still undecided about my career goal. I have a year until I am ready to work because I want my days free for my kid’s activities. When I do decide to work, with the education I received at MPTC I could work in a chiropractic office, be an ACE certified personal trainer, be a wellness coach, work in a clinic or veterinary office. I feel like I have a few careers I can pick from.

5. What would you say to encourage someone with an interest in Health and Wellness careers to apply to the program?

Apply to this program. There are so many different aspects of health and wellness that are covered in this program. It gives you the option to get certificates in just the area you are interested in or to complete the program and walk away with a degree. I have learned so much from this program that I try to apply to my life to make healthier choices.

6. What is your education like, what is expected? (hands-on, face to face, activities, discussion, papers, etc…)

This program is on the West Bend campus and has all different types of learning depending on the class you are in. The classes are both online and in-class. Discussion is a main tool for learning. Lecturing is used but activities are incorporated to enhance what is being said. Some classes are more intense than others but all of them are useful, knowledgeable and interesting.

7. Anything else you would like to say or share?
This program is for those who have an interest in health and wellness, and want to learn how to make healthier lifestyle changes to share with others. I have met great friends throughout this program and the instructors are great. Not only do I feel like I have a great career path, but I gained lifelong healthy lifestyle tips and an education that will last and be used to teach others.

Written by Brenda Raad
Associate Dean of Health