Jeremy Partney

Wellness Center Director and Physical Education Department Chair

 

Jeremy Partney just completed his 5th year as the Wellness Center Director at Mineral Area College.  He was named Department Chair of the Physical Education Department in the Fall of 2011. Jeremy started working at MAC in January of 2004 as an assistant baseball coach and as an assistant in the Learning Center.  He transferred to the Wellness Center in 2006 to become the Assistant Director.  He worked in this position until the Fall of 2009, when he was promoted to the position of Director.  In Jeremy's 5 years as Director the Wellness Center has seen many improvements.  The center has updated equipment, added group classes, and improved the overall quality of instruction for the students.  Under Jeremy's leadership, the Wellness Center has started Zumba, Core Conditioning, Boot Camp, Women's Self Defense, Mixed Martial Arts, Beginning Fitness and Strength Training.  The Wellness Center now employs 2 certified personal trainers as well as 4 certified group fitness instructors.  The Wellness Center works with some of the communities fitness centers to reward students with temporary memberships for their success in the class.  The focus of the center has changed to helping the student achieve their goals on a more personal level, as well as helping students meet the requirements for their degree from Mineral Area. 

The Wellness Center staff has made a concerted effort to get their staff more involved in good health and fitness.  This year many of MAC's employees have participated in the Wellness Center's group fitness classes and have achieved good results.  The college is currently working on an effort to open up a walking trail on campus so MAC's employees can get exercise on campus while on the clock.  Anybody who works at the college has a free membership to the Wellness Center.  The staff has also volunteered to personally train any full-time employee at the college as well as set up a nutrition plan for them. 

The Physical Education Department has also improved under his guidance.  Mineral Area has added many Dance classes including Dance I and II, Jazz I and II, Hip Hop I, a Psychology of Coaching class as well as a Sports and Society class.  Last Spring the department added Fit For Life.  Fit For Life is an online class where students can earn their physical education activity credits.  MAC also has added a Care and Prevention class as a part of the department.  Partney also works in the athletic department where he handles the athletic website.  He is also Vice-Chair of the Curriculum Committee.

Jeremy graduated from Mineral Area College with an A.A. degree where he was a member of the baseball team and Phi Theta Kappa. Then, he continued his baseball career and earned his Physical Education degree from The University of Missouri-St. Louis.  He worked at Better Bodies Inc. of Leadington for 4 years.  He has a Master's Degree in Counseling from Central Methodist University.