Five in a row! Another Genesee Community College student has won the annual Ontario Motor Coach Association (OMCA) Education Foundation scholarship. Jaime Rodrigues is a second year student and a resident of London, Ontario, Canada, has received a $1000 scholarship from the organization this year, making this the fifth consecutive year that a Genesee student has claimed the award. Jaime, a Tourism and Hospitality Management major, traveled to her hometown of London, Ontario to attend the annual OMCA Conference and to receive her award.
Jaime received the scholarship based on her high GPA, her active involvement in industry clubs and events, and her long-term goal of launching a successful career in the travel and tourism industry by earning an Associate in Applied Science degree from Genesee’s Tourism and Hospitality Management program. After graduation in May 2010, she hopes to someday become an event planner or front-desk manager for an upscale resort back home in Canada.
Jaime was recruited to come to Genesee to play softball. She was a member of the Women’s Softball team for two years and is currently the assistant coach for the team. Last season she was awarded the Women’s Softball Coach’s Award which is awarded each year to an outstanding athlete on the team.
“I was attracted to Genesee Community College because of the small class sizes and personal attention I get from my instructors,” Jaime said. “I really enjoy my Tourism and Hospitality classes and my professor Amy Slusser has been really great to work with.”
As a student in Genesee Community College’s Tourism and Hospitality Management A.A.S. program, Jaime’s studies include hotel operations, food and beverage management, and meeting and convention planning, as well as courses in accounting, professional sales, and marketing. The hospitality and tourism industry is the largest and fastest growing industry in the world. It is estimated that in 2007, more than 100 million people worldwide were employed in this sector and there are more than 62,000 establishments in the United States alone that provide overnight accommodations to suit every interest and budget.
In addition to the Associate in Applied Science degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management, Genesee Community College also offers a Hospitality Management certificate program for anyone interested in an accelerated one-year introduction to the world’s fastest-growing industry. For further information contact Amy Slusser, assistant professor of Hospitality Management at 585-343-0055 x 6332 or go to: http://www.genesee.edu/academics/programs/Business/TravelTour/