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UW-Green Bay offering new master's degree

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will be offering students a specialized degree only offered at a handful of other colleges in the state.

Beginning in the summer of 2018, a master's degree in Athletic Training will be available on the Green Bay campus.

College officials say the degree provides a unique opportunity for students.

"The 'sports-rich' nature of Northeast Wisconsin makes this an excellent training ground for future athletic trainers," said UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Amanda Nelson. "These students will have opportunities to work with our Green Bay Division I athletes, but also with area high schools and organizations such as the Green Bay Blizzard, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Green Bay Gamblers and of course, the Green Bay Packers."

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for athletic trainers across the the country is expected to grow by as much as 21.3% from 2014-2024 and a projected 18% increase in the number of athletic training jobs in Wisconsin from 2012-2022.

"We're very excited that UW-Green Bay is starting a Master's of Science in Athletic Training program," said Green Bay Packers' President Mark Murphy. "There is a real need for athletic trainers in this area, and I'm confident it will be a popular program. It's a win for both the community and UW-Green Bay."

To learn more about the new Master's degree, click here.

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