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January 5, 2011

Nine Camosun students launch the new year with a program that combines training and work at one of the world's best places for acquiring the foundations for stellar hospitality management careers.

Nine students enrolled in the second-year of Camosun's Hotel & Restaurant Management program depart January 16 for a challenging and exciting six-month program that combines academic study with supervised paid training and work experience at an international leader in the world of entertainment, hospitality and tourism—the Walt Disney World Resort.

The students spend two weeks in southern California for orientation and studies at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), and then on January 30, fly to Orlando, Florida to start a six-month study/work term at Walt Disney World.

For students intent on careers in hospitality and tourism, the experience of working at Disney World as cast members (employees) will add magic to the foundations of education and training. Carl Everitt teaches hotel and restaurant management at Camosun."This experience offers our students so much in both the short-term, and as their career dreams and goals develop," says Everitt."The academic curriculum focuses on leadership and management skills that are transferable to any career, plus the practical work experience and networking opportunities are true career-builders."

Twenty students from Canada are taking part in the program. The educational component includes a transfer back of courses from UCR and Disney that are recognized by Camosun's School of Business as academic credits specific to the graduation requirements of the Hotel & Restaurant Management program. Students from North Island and Langara College are also attending the program. The students return to Canada at the end of July, 2011 and will receive credit for the academic courses and work-term experience.

This is the first year Camosun has sent students to this program managed by the University of California, Riverside. The nine from Camosun include twoInternational Camosun students —one from China and one from Japan. On December 21, Everitt received confirmation that the nine Camosun students will each receive $500 scholarships. The students are Johnny Tarasoff, Lindsey Danyluk, Erica Parsons, Christian Dewar, Chris Stitt, Derrek Leung, Erika Kanayama, Katy Zhang and Jaycie Zhang.

" We are thrilled to welcome both the University of California, Riverside, and Walt Disney World to our expanding list of partnerships offering high quality educational and experiential learning opportunities to our students,"says David Armstrong, Hotel and Restaurant Management program leader."Close ties between the academic world and industry are invaluable to both our students and their future employers. Employers benefit when they recruit skilled and motivated people who aspire to future management positions in this exciting and ever-changing industry".


Carl Everitt,
Instructor, Hotel & Restaurant Management program
Camosun College Hospitality & Tourism
250–370–3145 or 250–370–4565

Last updated: January 5, 2011 2:14 pm

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