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Ensuring a Legacy of FUN
Running a major amusement park is like running a small city, and a formal education that covers the specialized skillsets required has been almost nonexistent—until now. Cedar Fair and Bowling Green State University (BGSU) have co-developed a campus in downtown Sandusky, Ohio, to offer a Resort and Attraction Management (RAAM) Bachelor of Science degree. BGSU will run the program—the first of its kind in North America—and Cedar Fair will provide hands-on co-op experiences, training and opportunities to gain industry experience and fulltime employment. From this partnership, highly trained talent will emerge, ensuring the future of FUN at Cedar Fair and virtually every other company in the hospitality industry.
Sharing Real World Knowledge
Students will complete their general education requirements at BGSU or any two- or four-year accredited college and spend their third and fourth year living, working and learning at a new facility in downtown Sandusky. Led by BGSU faculty, the classroom curriculum is a combination of management-focused content as well as guest lecturers from industry leaders. These professionals will provide insights and knowledge to supplement textbook theory and share real-world application and context.
State-of-the Art Living & Learning
Students enrolled in the Resort and Attraction program can live where they learn at a multi-purpose academic facility and apartment complex in downtown Sandusky, Ohio – Falcon Point Lofts. Four classrooms, administrative offices and common space offer state-of-the art learning along with lakeside apartment housing for students and community residents.
Paid Co-Op Experiences
Each student will experience two paid co-op placements at Cedar Point and select Cedar Fair parks around the country. Co-op experiences include certifications, property tours and networking with Cedar Fair management. Additional professional development will be offered with a focus on preparing students for full-time employment opportunities upon graduation.