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Thursday April 3rd, 2014

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St. Clair College’s new SportsPlex is seen in this photo from Friday March 29th 2014 (Owen Wolter/windsoriteDOTca)

St. Clair College is listening to the demands of its students by adding a new program this September.

Kevin Corriveau is the program coordinator for St. Clair College’s new three year diploma Sports and Recreation Management program, beginning its first classes in the fall. Corriveau said they are optimistic, seeing as they have had 180 applicants thus far. However, he said, they will be only accepting 60.

“We’re looking at the possibility of students engaging themselves when they’re finished here in a number of different venues,” said Corriveau. “We’ve narrowed it down to seven specific – we’re talking about the possibility of working for pro sports, teams and leagues, working in the community in the community sport and recreation area.”
Corriveau said if there is an innate interest in the sports industry, this program would most definitely be a great fit for the applicant.

According to St. Clair College’s website, the Sport and Recreation Management program “prepares students to work in the business of sport management, sport marketing and recreation related industries.” The students will be focusing on courses studying customer services, sport economics, legal aspects or sports and much more.

“We did our homework, we did our research,” said Corriveau. “We realized that students were asking for it and other colleges were successful with it and they’re graduates are certainly finding employment with it so we’re always looking at what our community is asking us to do.”

Upon completion of the three year diploma, graduates will be able to find employment in facility management, business administrations, sales, marketing and even event planning centered around sports. According to St. Clair College’s website, the program offers it’s applicants a wide variety of career opportunities in dealing with the public, in relation to sports, community sport and managing recreational facilities.

During their final year, students will also be able to gain crucial experience during a field placement which Corriveau said will immerse the students specifically in to the sports side of the recreational management.

The overall hope from Corriveau as well as other faculty at St. Clair College is to be able to educate their students on up to date, state of the art programs. St. Clair College hopes to send students out with the best chances possible to gain employment.

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