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BGSU and Cedar Fair Partnership

Cedar Fair Resort and Attraction Management

The only program of its kind in the country, BGSU is partnering with Cedar Fair to offer a Bachelor's of Science in Resort and Attraction Management beginning fall of 2020. This innovative partnership will provide graduates with leadership opportunities in the resort and attraction management industry.

Domestic and international travelers spent $1,036 billion in the U.S. in 2017.

This industry generates $165 billion in tax revenue in the United States each year, and Cedar Fair – parent company of Cedar Point – is widely recognized as a leader. A booming industry, 8.8M American jobs are directly supported by domestic and international travelers in the United States and 15.6M American jobs are supported by travel. Travel is the seventh largest employer in the private sector.  

Quality classroom experiences

This co-developed program will be led by BGSU faculty. It’s a two-year degree completion program that will be taught in downtown Sandusky, Ohio at a new multipurpose facility developed by Cedar Fair. This is the first program of its kind to specifically address the unique needs surrounding amusement parks and similar destinations. 

Students will complete the first two years at BGSU or come from any two- or four-year college and finish at the Cedar Fair facility in downtown Sandusky. The facility will house classrooms and apartment-style housing.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Revenue Management
  • Social Media and Advertising
  • Leadership
  • Professional Development
  • Managing Public Safety
  • Operations Planning

Curriculum

Coursework will focus on preparing students for management careers in the resort and attraction management industry. Students will be required to complete two paid co-ops at one of the 11 Cedar Fair parks or another similar establishment, a key element in developing career-ready graduates.

Last year, this industry supported 8.8 million jobs directly, and generated $259 billion in payroll income and $165 billion in tax revenues for federal, state, and local governments.

Internships and Careers

Students will be required to complete two paid co-ops at one of the 11 Cedar Fair parks or another similar establishment.

  • California’s Great America, Santa Clara, California 
  • Canada’s Wonderland, Vaughan, Ontario 
  • Carowinds, Charlotte, North Carolina 
  • Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio 
  • Dorney Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania 
  • Kings Dominion, Doswell, Virgnia 
  • Kings Island, Cincinnati, Ohio 
  • Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park, California 
  • Michigan’s Adventure, Muskegon, Michigan 
  • Valleyfair, Shakopee, Minnesota 
  • Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun, Kansas City, Missouri

GO FAR in your career

  • Park managers
  • Tourism directors
  • Resort and hotel managers
  • Food and beverage managers
  • and other leadership positions