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Welcome to the Health & Fitness Center at PWSC

The Health & Fitness Center at Prince William Sound Community college offers a modern facility with cardio equipment, resistance equipment, group fitness classes, a gear loan program, and special events. Our facility and services are designed for all fitness levels, and our staff are dedicated to providing a fun welcoming place for students, community members, and all visitors to get fit!

Hours and Contact Information

Phone: 907-834-1684

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday
5 a.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday
9 a.m. – 8:45 p.m.

View This Month’s Fitness Classes and Schedule

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June 2017 (1) (362.7 KiB)

June fitness class schedule

Membership Information

Membership at the Health & Fitness Center includes full access to the facility during open hours, as well as unlimited participation in our drop-in fitness classes. Showers and towel service are also provided.

Membership is available for adults over the age of 18, and youths under 18 with parental signature. Members must be 14 years of age to use the gym without adult supervision.

Cost for Membership and Passes
Membership LengthIndividualFamilySenior/MinorPWSC StudentsPWSC Employee
1 Year$300$600$120$120
6 Month$200$400$80$80
4 Month$150$300$70$20$70
4 Month (30 day limit)$110$220$55$55
4 Month (10 day limit)$75$150$30$30
1 Month$75$150$30$30
1 Day$10$20$5$5
Special Conditions:2 adults, plus up to 2 kids living in the same household.Seniors age 65 and older. Minors under age 18.Students enrolled in 6 or more credits.

Some local employers offer their employees a partial reimbursement for Health & Fitness Center memberships. Ask your employer for details.

Personal Training

We are happy to offer individualized Personal Training Sessions with our Certified Personal Trainers on staff.

Initial Consultation

The PWSC Personal Training Program begins with an Initial Consultation with a Personal Trainer. The Initial Consultation consists of a 1.5 hour session in which the Personal Trainer will discuss and set goals with the client, evaluate current fitness levels, and begin a fitness program. The Initial Consultation costs $60.

Please dress in comfortable work-out clothes, wear indoor gym shoes, and bring a water bottle.

Individual Sessions

After an Initial Consultation, the rate for Personal Training Sessions is $45. Sessions last one hour and are scheduled directly with the Personal Trainer.

Commitment Package

Buy a package of 10 Personal Training Sessions and receive the Initial Consultation for FREE! Total package cost is $450. This package is all-inclusive with:

  • Fitness testing and measurements
  • Goal setting and planning
  • Steadily progressing workouts customized for your fitness level
  • Nutritional information
  • Workout at the Health & Fitness Center or in the comfort of your own home.
  • Appointment times with Personal Trainers must be respected. Rescheduling will be considered within reason as long as at least 24 hours’ notice is given. Cancellations with less than 24 hours’ notice or no-shows will be charged the hourly Personal Trainer rate. If the Personal Trainer must cancel an appointment with less than 24 hours’ notice the client will receive one free session.
  • Client tardiness will be deducted from the appointment time, which is still full cost.
  • Participants in the Personal Trainer Program must have current memberships at the PWSC Health & Fitness Center or pay the daily membership rate when working with the Personal Trainer.

Ski for Free Program

Gear Loan is FREE — just bring photo ID!

Did you know that the Ski for Free program has summer equipment available as well?

Available for loan year-round:

  • GPS Devices
  • Gaiters
  • Headlamps
  • Trekking Poles

Once the ski trails are groomed for the winter:

  • Skate Skis
  • Classic Skis
  • Ski Boots
  • Ski Poles
  • Snowshoes

Gear Loan

Checking out gear through Ski for Free is easy! Just bring in photo identification and an idea of what you would like to check out. The Health & Fitness Center Staff will make sure you fill out the appropriate paperwork and get the sizes of equipment you need. Then you’ll be off to enjoy Valdez’s many outdoor recreation possibilities!

All gear is free of charge for the first two days and is due by closing on the second day. Each additional day will incur a rental fee of $5/day. Telephone extensions of the free loan period are not allowed. If the Health & Fitness Center is closed for a holiday on the regular due date, the loan is extended and the equipment is due no later than closing on the next business day.

Borrowers who fail to return equipment, or who return damaged equipment, will incur a fee of up to $400.00 to cover replacement of lost/damaged items. Borrowers with fees assessed against them are ineligible to borrow additional equipment until all fines are paid.

Gear Packages

1 pair skis, 1 ski strap, 1 pair boots, 1 pair poles, 1 pair gaiters, 1 headlamp
1 pair snowshoes, 1 pair poles, 1 pair gaiters, 1 headlamp
1 GPS unit, 1 pair gaiters, 1 headlamp

Rental Rates

Part or all of a ski5$/day after free loan period
Part or all of a snowshoe5$/day after free loan period
Part or all of a GPS5$/day after free loan period
Equipment BorrowedFree until:
Anytime Monday8:45 pm on Wednesday
Anytime Tuesday8:45 pm on Thursday
Anytime Wednesday8:45 pm on Friday
Anytime Thursday8:45 pm on Saturday
Anytime Friday8:45 pm on Sunday
Anytime Saturday8:45 pm on Monday
Anytime Sunday8:45 pm on Tuesday

Erin Cutts

Erin Cutts, PWSC Health & Fitness Center Coordinator, Valdez AK
Erin Cutts is the Health & Fitness Coordinator.
Erin grew up in Wyoming and was introduced to Alaska in 2007 working as a guide in Skagway. This began her career in tourism and gave her opportunity to travel and experience Alaska. For the past two years, she and her husband have lived in Alta, Wyoming (a small town near Driggs, Idaho). After this two-year hiatus, they were excited to return to the mountains and oceans of Alaska. Erin loves good food, corny jokes, traveling, exploring, and most anything that takes her outside. Erin is passionate about health, wellness, and leisure and is looking forward to serving the students and community members in Valdez. Erin has a degree in Recreation Leadership and Master’s degree in Experiential Education.

Sarah Histand

Sarah Histand, PWSC Health & Fitness Center Coordinator, Valdez AK
Sarah Histand is teaching group fitness classes. Sarah believes that fitness can be fun and that we are often capable of more than we realize. She brings this passion and excitement for possibility to her classes and her work at the Health & Fitness Center.

Sarah is a lifelong Alaskan, having grown up in Soldotna and worked around the state before moving to Valdez in 2013. She is a wilderness adventurer, a yoga junkie, and a bookworm. She loves Valdez for its outdoor recreation access, wild weather, and supportive community. Sarah has a Master’s degree in Social Work, is the Chair of the Sound Wellness Alliance Network (SWAN), and an AFAA certified Personal Trainer. She is also a certified Tabata Bootcamp Instructor, PiYoTM Instructor, Spinning® Instructor and a Wilderness First Responder.

Donna Lane
Donna Lane leads two classes at the Health & Fitness Center: Bodies in Tune and Longevity Stick Art. Leading these classes allows her the fun of encouraging others to work out and also keep herself active. She enjoys the social aspect of exercising with friends as well as the physical and mental benefits. Certified in Longevity Stick Art, she is currently studying to become a certified AFAA Group Fitness Exercise leader.

Born in New York City and raised in a suburb, Donna moved to Texas to attend college where she received a BA in Architecture. She has worked as an architect in a variety of position ranging from historic building researcher, landscape architect, and state park planner. She has lived in Alaska for more than 30 years including 22 years living aboard a sailboat. Donna feels quite lucky to have lived in three such different locations. She enjoys biking, gardening, community volunteering, reading and being fit.

Gianna Giusti McCune
Gianna Giusti McCune is a Health and Fitness Center PiYoTM Instructor. Gianna is a native of California but has called Alaska her home for the past 13 years. She is an advocate for promoting both mental and physical wellness throughout the community of Valdez. Her full time job is the K-5 school counselor at Hermon Hutchens Elementary school. She also serves on the Alaska State Board of School Counselors. In her free time she enjoys spreading her love of health and fitness through a variety of activities which include community presentations, running, swimming, outdoor recreation and teaching PiYoTM. She looks forward to continually adding new exciting fitness classes to her repertoire while always keeping all skill levels in mind. Gianna is a strong believer in setting goals, challenging oneself and never EVER using the word ‘can’t’!

Amber Mehlberg
Amber Mehlberg is a Certified Personal Trainer at the Health & Fitness Center and also teaches group fitness classes. She grew up in Alaska and now lives in Valdez with her husband and two children. Amber’s personal experience of lifestyle change through fitness helps her approach her work as a trainer at the Health & Fitness Center with understanding and compassion. A couple years after having her youngest child in 2007, Amber found herself still struggling to lose the “baby weight”. When she tipped the scale over 180 lbs. and tired of being out of shape and feeling unhealthy, she decide to make a choice for change and began running and exercising and making good food choices. Loosing over 50 lbs and becoming healthy empowered her to take charge of her life and go after her goals. She wanted to become a Personal Trainer to teach other people that good fitness is attainable and empower them to go after what they want and succeed. She believes that there is nothing you can’t achieve if you believe in yourself and are willing to work hard and never give up.

Michelle Worby
Michelle Worby is a Yoga Instructor at Health & Fitness Center. She graduated from Adrienne Reed Power Yoga School with certifications in Power Forms of yoga including Flow, Yin, and Restorative.
Michelle moved to Valdez in March, 2014 from Palatine, Illinois where she owned her own studio for over four years. Michelle’s love for yoga started in 1991 after she experienced some challenging health issues. Yoga helped her move through these health issues and toward a better quality of life. After personally experiencing how transformative yoga can be, Michelle became a teacher to share with others what yoga had given her. Michelle gets so excited to teach each class and help students feel the best they can. Her enthusiasm is contagious. Michelle says, “I just love yoga and seeing the progress of students as they grow in their own yoga practice.”

The Health and Fitness Center for PWSC Students

The Health & Fitness Center is pleased to support PWSC students in their health and wellness endeavors. Our facility is conveniently located on campus and is within a few minutes’ walk from the PWSC Student Housing complex. Health & Fitness Center staff are here to help students work toward their fitness goals and connect with the Valdez community in the process.

Student Discounts

We offer PWSC students taking at least six (6) PWSC credit hours a steep discount on their membership cost. Instead of paying $200 for a Six Month Membership, PWSC students pay only $25! Health & Fitness Center Membership includes unlimited use of the facility during open hours and a large variety of free group fitness classes each week. To qualify for this reduced-cost Student Membership, fill out the Student Membership Application and get it verified by the friendly staff in Student Services. Completed forms can be brought to the Health & Fitness Center, where we will set up the new membership.

Student Jobs

The Health & Fitness Center also supports our students by hiring student employees to work as Front Desk Attendants each semester. The Front Desk Attendant positions are active and diverse, with a typical shift including a mix of customer service, cleaning, outdoor equipment management, and interacting with gym members. Interested applicants should contact the Health & Fitness Center at rkbelnap@alaska.edu as early as possible, as these jobs go quickly.


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Health & Fitness Center Last modified: June 6, 2017, modified by Jessica Young