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Oklahoma City Community College's ‘leisure' degree designed for transfer

OCCC program can lead to careers such as cruise directors, trip leaders, raft guides, rock climbing guides and park rangers.
From Staff Reports Published: November 28, 2010
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A new associate degree at Oklahoma City Community College prepares students for jobs of “leisure.”

The leisure services degree can lead to jobs as cruise directors, trip leaders, raft guides, rock climbing guides and park rangers, said instructor Kevin Fink.

“The leisure industry is a multibillion dollar industry, so the sky's the limit regarding potential careers,” Fink said. “In the spring we will be offering introduction to leisure studies as well as an elective called ‘total wellness.'”

More courses will begin in the fall.

The leisure services degree is designed to prepare students to transfer to Oklahoma State University's leisure studies program upon completing degree classes at OCCC, and to prepare professionals currently in the field to take the parks and recreation professional certification exam.

Jobs also can be found with tourism and travel agencies, natural resource management agencies, resorts, the armed forces, nonprofit agencies and commercial businesses.

OCCC students enrolled in leisure services classes will be provided with foundational material in parks, recreation, and leisure as well as diversity in services, clients and cultures, Fink said.