New resort/recreation management program open for enrollment at NIC

North Idaho College recently hired Ryan Hayes to head its new Resort/Recreation Management program.
|photo1|Hayes was most recently a senior graduate instructor at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, teaching in the physical education activities program since 2004. Prior to that he taught physical education at Elmdale Elementary School in Arkansas and served as event manager for Anthony Travel based in Dallas, Texas where he managed International Sports Travel accounts and Ironman Triathlon accounts.
He holds law degrees from the University of California Santa Barbara and Gonzaga University. He earned a master’s degree in sport management from the University of Tennessee and is working toward a Ph.D. in kinesiology.
“Ryan brings a wide variety of knowledge and experience to this position,” said Judy Parker, chair of NIC’s Business and Professional Programs Division and Trades and Industry Division. “We believe his background will prove to be a true asset to NIC.”
The Resort/Recreation Management program is new to NIC this fall. It is a four-semester program and successful graduates will receive associate’s degrees.
According to job outlook statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, the resort and recreation industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation. Those statistics certainly suit the Coeur d’Alene market, Parker said.
“We live in a tourism-based market with many career opportunities in the hospitality and recreation industries,” Parker said. “There has been a need in the community for this type of training and we’re pleased to be able to help provide well-trained, qualified candidates for these jobs.”
Students in the Resort/Recreation Management program will complete a core of classes relevant to the program. Then, students will choose from electives to design the degree according to their particular interests. Electives include food and beverage service and sanitation, supervisory housekeeping, hotel security management, turf management, terrain park management, whitewater guiding and many other courses.
Room is still available in the open-enrollment program. Fall semester begins Aug. 28.
Information: Professional-Technical Student Support Services Office at (208) 769-3468 or Professional-Technical Adviser Don Bjorn at (208) 769-3371.

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Judy Parker, chair of NIC’s Business and Professional Programs Division and Trades and Industry Division, (208) 769-7783

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2006

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