February 3, 1999: First of its kind program for international students in B.C.


      For immediate release: February 3, 1999
      Contact: Shelley Kean
      (604) 983-7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)--Students from around the globe have an opportunity to learn about tourism managment in a new 16-month program offered at Capilano College.

      Beginning in May, the tourism management diploma program for international students will offer 20 students English as a Second Language instruction along with tourism and related courses. It also offers an eight-week Canadian work experience, as well as access to the bachelor of tourism management degree program offered jointly by Capilano College and the Open University.

      "This type of program is not offered anywhere else in British Columbia," says tourism instructor Jonathan Rouse. "There may be other colleges offering tourism programs, but none which are available only to international students."

      Applicants are from vastly diverse regions of the world, such as Russia, Taiwan and Japan. There have also been inquiries from South America.

      The program trains students to successfully operate resorts, adventure tourism, attractions, conferences and special events. Marketing, research, business and communication skills are also taught.

      The new international program complements the College's extremely popular tourism management coop diploma program and the bachelor of tourism managment program.

      For more information, contact tourism and outdoor recreation instructor, Jonathan Rouse at 984-4960.