Outdoor Recreation and Tourism

Graduates will be able to function in an entry level position in the growing outdoor recreation and tourism industry.  Learning objectives will include:

  • Understanding of the demands and skills of customer service.
  • Proficiency in managing parks and natural areas
  • Guiding and outfitting single and multi-day excursions in outdoor settings ranging from front to back country
  • Knowledge of the career opportunities in the hospitality and tourism industry.
  • Development of management skills needed to be successful in various aspects of the field, from food service to lodging to tourism.
  • Mastery of managing principles for entry-level and mid-management positions.
  • Preparation for transfer to baccalaureate granting institutions.
  • Mastery of fundamental principles and procedures of accounting
  • Mastery of principles of marketing.
  • Knowledge of the work environment in the industry through a summer work experience.

In addition to an AAS, graduating students will acquire a number of relevant licenses and certifications. These include a Registered Maine Guide license with up to 6 specialized classifications, including Recreation, Fishing, Hunting, Whitewater and a Commercial Boat Operator License.  Additional certifications will include First Aid (Minimum: Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician), Leave No Trace (Trainer or Master Educator), Chainsaw operator (with focus on hazard tree identification and removal)