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)