Graduating Selkirk College students in three Nelson-based Hospitality & Tourism programs will now have an opportunity to carry forward their education thanks to a new deal signed with Royal Roads University.
After months of preparation, Selkirk College senior management has completed a memorandum of understanding with the Victoria-based university that allows students in the Resort & Hotel Management Program, Culinary Management, and Ski Resort Operations & Management diploma programs to move towards obtaining a bachelor’s degree.
“This is the result of our ongoing relationship with Royal Roads and a validation of the quality of the programming we hold within our School of Hospitality & Tourism,” says Bob Falle, Chair of the Selkirk College School of Hospitality & Tourism.
Selkirk College President Angus Graeme (middle) signs the memorandum of understanding between the regional college and Royal Roads University. Other Selkirk College administration who helped secure the agreement include (L-R) Vice President of Education and Students Neil Coburn, Selkirk Registrar Cathy Mercer and School of Hospitality & Tourism Chair Bob Falle.
Opportunity to Expand Education
The transfer agreement will put students directly into their third year of study in either the BA in International Hotel Management or the BA in Global Tourism Management at Royal Roads University. The pathway also opens up the option of further education with a Master of Arts’ degree in Tourism Management.
“Each year a representative of Royal Roads University’s School of Tourism & Hospitality Management visits our campus to promote their degree programs and have been very influential in convincing our graduates to seek a degree after graduating with one of our Hospitality or Tourism Management diplomas,” says Falle.
Royal Roads University is located in Victoria, BC. It offers on-line and accelerated degree opportunities for students. The Tourism & Hospitality Management Programs bring together current and future industry leaders in hospitality, tourism, destination development and sustainable tourism development. In collaboration with industry experts, the programs are designed to provide students with strategic vision and the skills to address workplace challenges across the global industries.
Program Addresses High Need Industry
The Selkirk College School of Hospitality & Tourism is based out of Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus and its programs are highly sought after jumping off points for those interested in careers in high demand industries.
Hospitality & Tourism students at the 2013 Selkirk College Gala which is organized every November on the Tenth Street Campus.
“I truly believe that in the future more of our Selkirk College students will attend Royal Roads to complete their undergraduate degrees and/or graduate degrees due to the innovative and flexible delivery models they have in place,” says Falle.
Students graduating from Selkirk College this semester will have the opportunity to take advantage of the new agreement between the two schools.