Role of an APE Assistant and Volunteer

Adapted Physical Education (APE) is a diverse exercise program offered for college students with a verified physical disability. The APE program has trained classroom assistants and volunteers who work with students in carrying out their individualized exercise program. This is a great opportunity for students interested in any therapeutic career or medical profession looking for first-hand experience working with disabilities.

General Guidelines


  • Work up to 19 hours per week (paid assistants)
  • Work/Volunteer flexible hours on-campus according to schedule/availability
  • Earn valuable work experience

Important Information

Minimum Qualifications for paid assistants:

  • Currently enrolled in 12.0 units
  • Minimum GPA 2.0
  • Completed time as an APE volunteer with recommendation from APE Specialist to work


  • Treat all students with respect
  • While working with students, keep social interaction with other assistants to a minimum
  • Keep the main focus on the APE student
  • Eat lunch/snacks between classes and not in front of students
  • Arrive to class on time
  • Ask questions if unsure of an exercise or situation
  • Seek direction and assistance before attempting a movement that may potentially cause injury to self or the student
  • Use proper technique at all times, wear comfortable and appropriate clothing
  • Maintain a positive attitude


  • Assist students with disabilities with their exercise program
  • Set-up/take-down exercise equipment and ensure that equipment not in proper working order is reported
  • Properly put away all exercise equipment before leaving the classroom
  • Notify the instructor or staff of any problems that may arise or any changes in a student's condition while working in the classroom
  • Follow student's exercise program unless modified by the instructor

How to become an APE Assistant or Volunteer

Volunteer of Record

The Volunteer of Record form requires information about the volunteer and the duties to be provided as well as information regarding the supervisor and the name of the dean or department head. The signature of the dean or department head is required at the bottom of the form, which is sent to Risk Management once completed.


The final step for the prospective volunteer is to go to the Police Department at either Foothill or De Anza College and be fingerprinted. The completed Volunteer of Record form must accompany the individual’s request to be finger printed. 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or exercise assistant, you must contact the APE Coordinator at 408.864.8978.

Cindy Lee


Hours and Location

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Building PE1, Gym PE-13
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