Oklahoma City Community College has received approval to offer an associate degree in leisure services.
The degree program was approved by OCCC's board of regents.
The first classes in the program will be offered in the spring semester, with the majority of the courses starting in the fall, said Kevin Fink, OCCC leisure adjunct professor.
"In the spring we will be offering Introduction to Leisure Studies as well as an elective, Total Wellness," he said.
Students earning the leisure services degree can transfer to Oklahoma State University's leisure studies bachelor's degree program, or a degree program at another four-year school. Degree focus areas for four-year programs include tourism, nonprofit, grant writing, commercial, outdoor recreation, administration, facility management and camp operations.
The OCCC program is also designed to help prepare students for the parks and recreation professional certification examination offered by the National Recreation and Parks Association, Fink said.
Other students will seek jobs in the industry after receiving the associate degree. Potential employers of students earning the degree include tourism and travel agencies, natural resource management agencies, resorts, the armed forces, YMCAs and other nonprofit agencies and commercial businesses. Jobs could include cruise directors, trip leaders, raft guides, rock climbing guides and park rangers. …