Exercise Science & Rehab Program Premiers At Montco Career Prep School

WILLOW GROVE, PA — Exercise Science and Rehabilitation has been added as a brand-new course at a career prep school headquartered in this Montgomery County community, and the school this month is recognizing one of the first students to participate in the curriculum.

The Eastern Center for Arts and Technology in Willow Grove is spotlighting Vanessa Hurgunow, a senior from Upper Moreland High School and a first-year Eastern student whose earlier struggle with her weight caused her to embark on a dedicated fitness journey at the age of 13.

“Working out has always been my outlet where I can destress from whatever is going on in my life,” Hurgunow said in a statement. “It is my passion to see other people become healthy and get interested in their health and fitness.”

Hurgunow, whose passion is to inspire others to hit the gym and find a healthy life balance, credited the new Exercise Science and Rehabilitation course with preparing her for college.

She said she plans to take advantage of Eastern’s partnership with Montgomery County Community College that enables cross-credit accreditation.

Successful completion of the Eastern course could give her an eight-credit advantage when she gets to college, and could take the place of MCCC’s Conditioning, Weight Training, and Weight Control, Safety and First Aide, and Prevention and Care of Athletic Injury classes, according to Eastern.

Hurgunow said she plans to attend a four-year university after completing a program at community college where she hopes to eventually obtain a degree in physical therapy.

She also has her sights set on becoming certified as a personal fitness trainer.

“This is such an amazing base to build off of, and I feel like I am getting a head start,” she stated.

She urged students interested in the health and fitness sciences to get involved in the program.

“You will learn all about all of the careers available in this field and will help you to narrow down your own path,” she said.

Hurgunow said her fitness journey began as a young teen when she started exercising on her mother’s bike, investing 30 minutes a day with the goal of losing that extra weight she had put on as a youngster.

She soon joined a local gym and eventually moved on to powerlifting and even competitive bodybuilding.

Before attending Eastern, Hurgunow took several classes at Upper Moreland High School that led to her ultimate decision to study physical therapy.

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology serves students in Abington, Bryn Athyn, Cheltenham, Hatboro, Horsham, Jenkintown, Lower Moreland, Springfield, Upper Dublin and Upper Moreland.