Paul Smith's, Finger Lakes Community College announce new partnership - 2008-08-13
The Two Schools Sign a Memorandum of Understanding That Gives FLCC Students the Opportunity to Earn a Paul Smith’s Bachelor’s at FLCC
Kenneth Aaron, Paul Smith's, (518) 327-6297
Danielle Read, FLCC, (585) 394-3500, x7231
Anthony Benedetti, Dixon Schwabl, (585) 899-3269
Canandaigua, N.Y. (Aug. 13, 2008) – Top officials from Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) and Paul Smith’s College met at FLCC today to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The MOU will give FLCC students the opportunity to complete a bachelor in science degree in hotel, resort and tourism management from Paul Smith’s College by taking courses with Paul Smith’s instructors at the FLCC campus. The program will be ready for enrollments by the spring 2009.
“Here at FLCC, we are very excited about this new partnership with Paul Smith’s College,” said Dr. Barbara Risser, president of FLCC. “Our program will prepare students to compete in the rigorous program through Paul Smith’s and give them the opportunity to complete a world-class four-year hotel, resort, and tourism management degree without leaving the local area.”
More than nine in 10 Paul Smith’s students find a job in their chosen field or go to graduate school within six months of graduation. “Paul Smith’s College is honored to partner with FLCC,” said John W. Mills, Ph.D., president of Paul Smith’s College. “Our premier hotel, resort, and tourism program will be enhanced by what the FLCC alums will bring to it not only while they are pursuing their Paul Smith’s degree, but after they earn their degree and enter the workforce as well.”
FLCC’s associate in applied science in hotel and resort management degree program will
prepare students for a successful career in the exciting hotel and resort management industry anywhere in the nation. The program is designed to provide students with a broad-based knowledge of the hotel and resort industry by analyzing hotel management theories and industry trends. It will also utilize the most advanced computer software in the industry.
Students will spend considerable time in hotels for a firsthand look at the dynamic field. They will have the opportunity to intern at any Marriott, Sheraton, Hyatt, Radisson or Microtel in the Rochester-area. They will also be able to intern at a Hard Rock café anywhere in the country, and even in Walt Disney World. Field trips from the finest bed and breakfasts to the most elaborate five-star hotels and restaurants in major cities will be a part of the program as well. During these trips, students will visit such renowned institutions as the Plaza, Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, Waldorf Astoria, and Royal York in New York City, Toronto, Las Vegas and Boston. On campus, they will participate in catering College events, hosting guest lectures, and much more.
After completing their associate’s degree at FLCC, students will be able to develop the skills they need to become managers, directors, and corporate executives while in pursuit of their bachelor’s degree through the Paul Smith’s Division of Hospitality, Resort and Culinary Management. They will gain practical experience along the way, and have the opportunity for real-world application of all of their newly acquired skills by using the latest technology in the industry, communicating with actual guests and employees and working in a global environment, managing all aspects of a dynamic business.
ABOUT FINGER LAKES COMMUNITY COLLEGE:
Finger Lakes Community College (www.flcc.edu) is a State University of New York two-year higher education institution. FLCC’s 250-acre park-like campus is located in the heart of the Finger Lakes in Canandaigua, N.Y. The College offers more than 45 degree and certificate programs, including environmental conservation, ornamental horticulture, music recording technology, nursing, massage therapy, and graphic design. FLCC’s current enrollment is more than 5,350 full- and part-time students.
ABOUT PAUL SMITH’S COLLEGE:
Paul Smith’s College (www.paulsmiths.edu) is located in heart of the Adirondacks on the doorstep of Lake Placid. The location gives students up-close and personal experiences in their chosen field in a safe, world-class setting. The philosophy of Paul Smith’s College is that actually doing is a critical part of learning. That philosophy is an integral part of the college’s diverse degree offerings in forestry, biology, natural resources, business, culinary arts and hospitality. More than nine of 10 Paul Smith’s alums land jobs in their chosen fields or go to graduate school within six months of graduation.
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