Aloha! Study in Hawaii this Winter

Study USA/Canada: GCC Offers Courses in Culture, Photography Other Areas During Winterim Trip

Batavia, NY- Escape the chill of a New York winter and study in Hawaii! Genesee Community College offers another new experiential learning opportunity through a variety of courses in the Hawaiian Islands during part of the Winterim session, from December 29, 2013 to January 10, 2014.

Students can observe and capture images of Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures in one of the trip options. Classes are offered in Digital Photography (COM118), Social Problems (SOC102), and Hiking, Walking, and Backpacking (PED260) and earn up to seven credit hours. Highlights of the trip include tours of Pearl Harbor, Volcanoes National Park, Iolani Palace, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and Kualoa Ranch. This cultural and educational adventure also includes a traditional Hawaiian Luau. The cost, estimated at $3,100 plus tuition, includes round trip air fare, transportation, housing, some meals as well as course specific activities. Financial assistance may be available.

Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures bring uniqueness to the hospitality industry that students will explore in the second academic option. A three credit course in Hotel Operations (THM103) offers hands-on activities in hotel operations and immerses students in real-world industry experience in one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. This once in a lifetime opportunity includes tours of various hotel types from budget, boutique and luxury hotels all within walking distance. Students will also enjoy visiting other Hawaiian attractions such as tropical botanical gardens, waterfalls, Diamond Head State Park, and whale watching cruise. Participants will learn about local music, dance and culture while participating in a traditional Hawaiian Luau. The estimated $3,100 cost (not including tuition) covers round trip air fare, island transportation, housing, some meals and course specific activities. Financial assistance may be available.

To learn more about this and other Study USA/Canada opportunities available to GCC and other college students and, in some cases, the community at large, visit For more specific details about studying in Hawaii contact GCC Global Initiatives Director James Goodwin at 585-343-0055 ext. 6322 or

The Hawaiian Winterim learning adventure offers a perfect segue into GCC’s Tourism and Hospitality Management AAS (Associate in Applied Sciences) degree. The program offers two different tracks allowing students to focus on their area of interest in the fast-growing and multibillion dollar travel and tourism industry. In GCC’s Tourism Management track, students delve into marketing, sales and learn the nuances of planning successful vacations, business meetings and destination events. Alternatively, students in GCC’s Hospitality Management track learn the demands of managing resorts and hotel operations. Both tracks provide students with a rewarding co-op experience featuring hands-on learning, and transfer opportunities to four-year colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree are typically smooth and seamless. There is still time to enroll in GCC’s fall 2013 semester, which begins August 26, 2013. GCC’s admission application is free and online:

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