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Castleton U to take over hospitality program this fall

February 02, 2019 - 10:24 AM

KILLINGTON, Vt. - Vermont's Castleton University is going to take over the Killington School of Resort Management this fall from a college that is going out of business.

For the past 18 years, Green Mountain College has worked with the Killington Resort and Pico Mountain ski areas on a three-year bachelor's degree program in the fields of hospitality and business, but the Poultney school announced last month it would cease operations at the end of the current school year.

"While we're sad to see our relationship with Green Mountain College end, we're happy to have Castleton University step up and open their doors to GMC students," said Mike Solimano, president and general manager of the two resorts.

Solimano said Castleton plans to incorporate practical experience in the resort industry. There are currently 35 alumni of the GMC program working at Killington.

The Rutland Herald reports more than 90 per cent of the participants complete their bachelor's degree in hotel and resort management and 99 per cent of the students who graduate end up working in the hospitality industry.

Green Mountain College announced last month that due to declining enrolment it would close its doors after graduation in May.

The hospitality program was started by Green Mountain College in 2001.

Castleton, which is a part of the Vermont State College System, decided to keep the program alive.

Castleton University President Karen Scolforo her school and Killington have a long-standing relationship. She said students will be able to take classes at Killington and have the opportunity to interview for positions there while earning their degree.

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Information from: Rutland Herald, http://www.rutlandherald.com/

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