The ski area business management program is a joint program between Northern Michigan University and Gogebic Community College in Ironwood, Mich. At GCC, students learn the technical skills necessary to manage ski areas or functional areas in ski area operations. At NMU, students gain comprehensive knowledge of accounting, finance, management, marketing and computer information systems. Graduates of the ski area business management program are placed at resorts nationwide.
Due to course sequencing and prerequisite course work for admission to the NMU College of Business, this program can take more than four academic years to complete. To finish the program in a timely manner, students should select one of two options: (1) Attend GCC for two years, complete an associate degree in ski area management, and then transfer to NMU to complete the bachelor's degree; or (2) Attend NMU for one year, transfer to GCC for two years, complete an associate degree in ski area management, and transfer to NMU to complete the bachelor's degree.
Ski resorts are large operations that require a large workforce. Careers for ski area business management majors could be ski operations manager, business operations manager, service and retail management, as well as lift operations supervisor.
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