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Camosun certificate program focuses on tourism and business skills equally

June 1, 2010

According to BC Tourism action plan (pdf), there will be 84,000 new tourism jobs in BC by 2015. Camosun has a 35-year history of providing job-ready graduates for the tourism sector, and now, a new certificate program expands the college’s ability to provide professionally-trained tourism employees.

The new Tourism and Business certificate program starts in September and will have up to 35 graduates trained and ready to work in 8 months.

Niranjala Storm, Camosun grad, The Fairmont Empress

Niranjala Storm, Camosun grad, The Fairmont Empress

Troy Dunning is the program chair of Hospitality and Tourism at Camosun. "The new program focuses on tourism and business skills equally, and will have graduates hit the ground running," says Dunning."Tourism benefits from an educated workforce that understands the business as an economic, environmental, cultural and social force. Plus the program is designed so that students have the option, post-graduation, or later in their careers, to transfer seamlessly into Camosun’s two-year tourism diploma program, and from there, even further education."

Ursula Pfahler is a tourism instructor at Camosun. "The faculty team consulted with tourism industry representatives to create the program with progressive curriculum that addresses the realities of tourism leadership today," says Pfahler. "As part of their education, students will connect with local tourism businesses and organizations to complete assignments and projects. By the time they graduate they’ll have the knowledge and skills to work locally, nationally and internationally."

Angus Matthews is the Executive Director of the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre in Sidney."Where does a new organization like us discover energy, enthusiasm and education all in one place?" says Matthews."For us it’s simple. Camosun students have helped us launch the Centre while they launched their own careers. The Tourism Management students continue to learn and build skills here in the 'real world'. The best part is, we learn from them too."

Courses in the new 8-month Tourism and Business program include Introduction to Marketing, Business Management, Perspectives in Indigenous Tourism, Service Operations and Financial Accounting. "We’re constantly engaged with the tourism sector, and know that employers want credentialled, trained people," says Dunning."If you’re passionate about tourism, this new program gives you business skills for success!"


Troy Dunning, Program Chair, Hospitality, Tourism and Golf Management
250–370–4168 or 250370–4565

Last updated: June 3, 2010 11:02 am

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