Aurora/East Aurora

The teacher of a relatively new program for helping high school students get a head start on careers in sports conditioning and exercise science is trying to get the word out.

“There’s so many people who I talk to and they say I never knew you had this program,” said Mark Aquino, who started teaching the class for the Board of Cooperative Educational Services four years ago. For the last two of those years, he has taught at the satellite East Aurora Erie 2 BOCES campus at the Southside Municipal Building on Gleed Avenue.

Aquino, a certified personal trainer, offers training for BOCES students from Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties and East Aurora High School who are interested in careers such as massage therapists, sports trainers, physical therapists, nutrition and chiropractors.

Juniors and seniors in the class spend two and a half hours each day working on lessons in things like anatomy and physiology or heading to internships with chiropractors and even professional sports teams like the Bandits lacrosse team and Sabres hockey.

“They get to choose where they want to go,” Aquino said. “It’s an opportunity to get to see first hand the everyday operations of that career.”

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Also this week:

• The East Aurora Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at Village Hall, 571 Main Street.

• The Aurora Town Board meets for a workshop session at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Southside Municipal Building, 300 Gleed Avenue.

• The Aurora Zoning Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Southside Municipal Building.