Outdoor Recreation Management program introduces two new minors to fall 2019 academic offerings

The Outdoor Recreation Management program, housed within the School of Business and Management, has introduced two new minors that students can enroll in for the fall.

The two programs, the Ski Industry Business and Instruction minor and the Wilderness Medicine minor, were recently approved and are now open to students who wish to register.

The only minor of its kind in the Southeast and only the third on the East Coast, the Ski Industry Business and Instruction minor is designed to provide students the diverse skills needed for employment and success in the ski industry.

“This program provides students with a true hands-on learning experience and environment through a strategic partnership with nearby Beech Mountain Ski Resort,” said Katie Wall, assistant professor and program coordinator of outdoor recreation management. “The program incorporates an outdoor recreation management foundation with professional business practices and industry certifications.”

The program includes classes such as contemporary issues in the ski industry, winter adaptive adventure recreation, outdoor recreation administration, and outdoor emergencies for ski resorts among others.

The Wilderness Medicine minor is designed for students with a medical or emergency management career interest in the outdoors. The only Wilderness Medicine minor in the country, the program will train students to perform in low-resource environments such as backcountry guiding, search and rescue, and many others.

The interdisciplinary program combines courses in emergency medical services and management and outdoor recreation management with an emphasis on risk management and wilderness medicine.
Students completing this minor and passing all national exams can go on to obtain their Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) certification.

Learn more about the Ski Industry Business and Instruction minor here

Learn more about the Wilderness Medicine minor here
By Nina MastandreaMarch 29, 2019