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University adds management degrees

By SARAH LUNDGREN The Brunswick News

Troy University in Alabama is expanding its satellite programs in Brunswick with its School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management.

Beginning this fall, students will be able to obtain a bachelor of science degree in the three areas of concentration - hospitality, sports or tourism management.

Not all of the classes will be available at the Brunswick site, but eTroy, the university's online instruction, will augment the classes of full-time faculty in Brunswick, said Lynn Chapman, area coordinator for the university.

Chapman says practical experiences will be available in each area. As the demand for individuals in these management areas is on the rise, students who complete the degree program will be more marketable after graduation.

It doesn't hurt that the coastal region attracts plenty of tourist traffic.

"Alabama, Georgia and Florida are very popular sport and tourism destinations," Chapman said. "Troy hopes to provide individuals with a quality education in these locations that results in a well-trained labor force capable of filling positions in these industries."

After offering a seminar series on careers in hospitality, sport and tourism management on June 25 at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island, Chapman says response to the program has been overwhelming. Business managers and potential students have turned a listening ear.

"We appreciate their willingness to share with us, and many leaders verbalized a desire to work with us as we progress. Our official 'panel of experts' who spoke at the seminar were from Sea Island Co., the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau and consultants from St. Simons Island and Jacksonville," Chapman said.

"Our audience also included interested community leaders and members and, very importantly, prospective students who are interested in the degree and current students who are considering choosing this program as their major."

The program's faculty will be in Brunswick beginning Aug. 1, Chapman said. The satellite instruction program at 664 Scranton Road, Glynn County, operates on five, nine-week terms per academic year, the first beginning Aug. 12. Deadline for applications is July 26. Details about Troy programs in Brunswick are online at www.troy.edu/brunswick.

* Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at slundgren@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 322.