Jesse Torres says that when he was injured in high school sports (and the school didn’t have an athletic trainer), he knew what career he wanted. And now the August, 2009 graduate looks forward to being an athletic trainer. He is continuing to pursue his goal, working as a personal trainer at Twin Peak Performance in Saginaw, and is awaiting results on his exam from the Board of Certification. He is evaluating graduate schools, planning to begin Fall 2010.
Jesse notes that there are two “best” parts of the athletic training program at SVSU. "I gained experience in athletic training at several levels of competition; high school,
semi-professional and professional. It helped seeing different levels of sports and how each had a different approach in how they helped their athletes."
He says he got a lot out of the clinical setting work he was engaged in, which ranged from working with disabled kids at the Special Olympics to working with the Flint Generals on endurance and conditioning. Even better for Jesse, he says, is the learning environment of the program. “Our classes were small; we studied together, hung out together and learning was much more personal. We’re like family.”
Jesse wrapped up his last semester at SVSU with an internship with the Detroit Tigers, which he simply describes as “awesome.”