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Snow Resort Operations (Co-op)

Snow Resort Operations (Co-op) Ontario College Diploma, Co-op

What is Snow Resort Operations (Co-op)?

Snow Resort Operations is for people who love to ski or snowboard and want to explore opportunities to work in the snow resort industry. Students develop skills and knowledge they can use to find success at snow resorts, in other fields or in further studies. Students are also exposed to healthy, active ways of living, adventure, challenge and variety, and connectedness with the outdoors. The program is closely aligned with snow industry partners who offer two paid co-op work placements in the winter as well as hands-on learning opportunities during the off-season periods.

Study. Ski. Snowboard. Work.

Program Outline 2016-2017

Major:
SROP
Length:
2 Years
Effective Dates:
2016-2017
Delivery:
4 Semesters, plus 2 work terms
Credential:
Ontario College Diploma, Co-op
Location:
Barrie
Start:

Fall - Barrie

Summer - Barrie

Contact:
Robert Butler
Email:
Robert.Butler@GeorgianCollege.ca
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 1870

Snow Resort Operations is for people who love to ski or snowboard and want to explore opportunities to work in the snow resort industry. Students develop skills and knowledge they can use to find success at snow resorts, in other fields or in further studies. Students are also exposed to healthy, active ways of living, adventure, challenge and variety, and connectedness with the outdoors. The program is closely aligned with snow industry partners who offer two paid co-op work placements in the winter as well as hands-on learning opportunities during the off-season periods.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • utilize effective communication and problem solving skills to facilitate delivery of outstanding customer service


  • work competently and effectively as an individual, as a team member and as a leader in a variety of industry specific settings and situations


  • assess snow resort processes and environmental sustainability by using design principles and critical thinking


  • employ basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities, trends and technologies


  • analyze risk management practices, policies and procedures necessary to maintain a safe and marketable snow sport operation


  • apply basic financial and accounting principles appropriate to the snow resort industry


  • develop and implement basic sales and marketing tools, promotional plans, events and activities


  • exemplify professionalism, participate in society as an informed citizen, and pursue an enriched and ethical personal and professional life.

Co-operative Education is a mandatory component of all Co-op programs at Georgian College; it has been designed as a process by which students integrate their academic education with work experience related to their programs of study. This integration affects much more than simply earning a salary, including the adjustment to the work environment and the development of professionalism. It also reinforces skills and theory learned during academic semesters, develops professional contacts, job knowledge and career path, improves human relations and communication skills, and promotes personal maturity and financial independence.

Students are requested to register, attend and participate in their scheduled co-operative education classes. These classes are scheduled for all first year students and are expected to be completed in order for students to proceed successfully to their first co-op work experiences. To ensure students are eligible to proceed onto any co-op work experience, students should refer to Promotional Status and Eligibility for Co-op as outlined in the College Calendar. Co-op policies and procedures can be located on our website: www.georgiancollege.ca/student-services/co-op-and-career-services/students-tab/

Georgian College follows the Co-operative Education guidelines set out by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) by supporting the learning outcomes designed for the program specific graduate profile and curriculum as set out by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Fall Intake - Barrie

Sem 1 | Work Term 1 | Sem 2 | Sem 3 | Work Term 2 | Sem 4

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Fall | Winter | Summer | Fall | Winter | Summer

2016 | 2017 | 2017 | 2017 | 2018 | 2018

Summer Intake - Barrie

Semester 1 | Semester 2 | Work Term 1 | Semester 3 | Semester 4

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Summer | Fall | Winter | Summer | Fall

2017 | 2017 | 2018 | 2018 | 2018

Work Term 2

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Winter

2019

OSSD or equivalent with

- Grade 12 English (C or U)

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

- OSS curriculum: OSSD or equivalent, with Grade 12 English (C) or (U) (ENG4C, ENG4U)

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

- Any credit Communication course taken at Georgian College

- College preparatory programs including those taken at Georgian College: Hospitality Skills and General Arts and Science*

- Equivalent courses in English taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)

- Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications

- Mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*

- Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)

- English, Literature or Communication credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

Home school applicants:

- Applicants can write the mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.

12 Mandatory Courses

2 Communications Courses

7 Optional Courses

3 General Education Courses

2 Co-op Work Terms

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Mandatory Courses

ACCT1013 Accounting Fundamentals
COMP1003 Microcomputer Applications
ENTR2009 Entrepreneurship and Small Business
MGMT2003 Human Resources Management
MGMT2011 Management Issues and Trends
MKTG1000 Introduction to Marketing
SKIR1001 Resort Profit Centres
SKIR1002 Resort Design Concepts
SKIR1004 Snow Safety
SKIR1008 Snow Resort Operations Skills
SKIR2003 Programs and Events
SKIR2010 Risk Management
Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.
Optional Courses

To be selected from College list
General Education Courses

To be selected from College list
Co-op Work Terms

COOP1019 Ski Resort Work Term 1
COOP2016 Ski Resort Work Term 2

Applicants are invited to attend an information session or pre-arrange a visit to the Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation area of Georgian College.

View the Snow Resort Operations (Co-op) articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.

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Year:

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Year:

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Year:

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Year:

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Year:

2010


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Year:

2013


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For inquiries please contact the appropriate person below.

Contact:
Robert Butler
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 1870

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