Contact Information

Contact Information
Division
Kinesiology and Athletics
Dean
Roz Goldenberg (Interim)
Associate Dean
Rachel Johnson
Location
Division Office
Ft, Rocklin Campus

Overview

Recreation Management is designed to explore the skills needed to manage programs and events in a variety of recreational settings that include city parks and recreation programs, state and national parklands, hotels, playgrounds, forests, beaches, health clubs, tourism destinations and non-profit community centers. Career fields in recreation include public service, private recreation, outdoor recreation and leadership positions.

Faculty

Darci D. Brownell

Professor, Athletics/Health Education/Kinesiology/Recreation Management

B.A., California State University, Sacramento
M.S., National University

Mary V. Conway

Professor, Athletics/Health Education/Kinesiology/Recreation Management

A.A., Packer Collegiate Institute
B.S., City University of New York, Brooklyn College
M.S., University of Illinois, Chicago

Scott R. Decker

Professor, Athletics/Health Education/Kinesiology/Recreation Management

B.A., University of California, Davis
M.A., United States Sports Academy

Heather Eubanks

Professor, Athletics/Health Education/Kinesiology/Recreation Management

B.A., California Lutheran University
M.A., Azusa Pacific University

John C. Fusano

Professor, Athletics/Health Education/Kinesiology/Recreation Management

B.A., California State University, Sacramento
M.A., Saint Mary's College of California

Jason S. Gantt

Professor, Athletics/Health Education/Kinesiology/Recreation Management

B.S., California State University, Sacramento
M.S., California State University, Sacramento

Brandie Murrish

Professor, Athletics/Health Education/Kinesiology/Recreation Management

B.S., California Lutheran University
M.S., California State University, Northridge
M.Ed., Grand Canyon University

Vera Nelson

Professor, Athletics/Health Education/Kinesiology/Recreation Management

B.A., California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
M.S., California State University, Sacramento

Ben S. Noonan

Professor, Athletics/Health Education/Kinesiology/Recreation Management

A.A. Santa Rosa Junior College
B.A., Bemidji State University
M.S., Texas A and M University-Kingsville

Robert B. Willson

Professor, Athletics/Health Education/Kinesiology/Recreation Management

A.A., Laney College
B.A., Sonoma State University
M.A., Saint Mary's College of California

Recreation Management Advisory Committee

  • Amanda Clemens, Fund Development Director, Rocklin Chamber of Commerce
  • Matthew Eschrich, Sales Director, Rocklin Chamber of Commerce
  • Janna Evans, Business and Employment Specialist, Golden Sierra Job Training Agency
  • Kahl Muscott, District Administrator, Auburn Recreation District
  • Jessica Sacci, Area Manager, Marriott-Pillar Hotels and Resorts

Degrees/Certificates

Associate Degree

Certificate of Achievement

Recreation Management

AA or AS Degree

The Recreation Management program provides students an opportunity to learn how to motivate others to improve their lives through the constructive use of recreation. Successful completion of the Recreation Management associate degree prepares students for transfer to four-year universities. The curriculum has been designed to meet lower-division major requirements at most transfer institutions in Recreation, Recreation Administration and Resort and Lodging Management. Career opportunities include positions at recreation centers, corporate wellness programs, hotels, resorts and park and recreation programs. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. Students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete one of the following three general education patterns:

Required Courses
RECM 0010Foundations of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management3
RECM 0020Program Planning and Event Management3
RECM 0030Leadership in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management3
RECM 0040Leisure Aspects of the Hospitality Industry3
Select 9-11 units from the following:9-11
Human Anatomy (OR)
Human Anatomy I
and Human Anatomy II
Human Physiology
Concepts of Biology
Financial Accounting I
Financial Accounting II
Managerial Accounting
Introduction to Business
Business Law
Small Business Management
Applying Computer Software
Introduction to Computing
Communication Theory, Methods, and Practice
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Laboratory
Physical Geography
General Principles of Psychology
Internship in Recreation Management
Introduction to Sociology
Total Units21-23

Recreation Specialist

Certificate of Achievement

This certificate program provides an enhanced understanding of the basic service industry skills necessary for successful employment in the recreation, parks, tourism and hospitality industry. This program is designed to meet the needs of students interested in seeking entry-level employment in a wide range of positions within the industry. Career opportunities include: recreation attendant, program coordinator, event planner, recreation program leader, pool manager, sports official (umpire and referee), ski resort worker, camp counselor, theme park attendant, tour guide, golf course employee and other related occupations. A certificate is designed to provide career technical skills; it is not equivalent to an associate degree.

Required Courses
HED 0001Standard First Aid/Community CPR3
RECM 0010Foundations of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management3
RECM 0020Program Planning and Event Management3
RECM 0030Leadership in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management3
RECM 0040Leisure Aspects of the Hospitality Industry3
RECM 0095Internship in Recreation Management1
Select 3 units from the following:3
Introduction to Oral Communication
Small Group Communication
Intercultural Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Select 3 units from the following:3
Introduction to Business
Introduction to Marketing
Select 2-4 units from the following:2-4
Avalanche Safety I
Avalanche Safety II
Backpacking
Rock Climbing
Wilderness Survival
Total Units24-26

Courses

Understanding course descriptions

RECM 0010. Foundations of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management

Units: 3
Hours: 54 lecture
A foundational course focusing on the history, nature, scope and social aspects of leisure services in Western and international cultures. Includes philosophical and ethical issues as well as exploration of possible career paths. (CSU)

RECM 0020. Program Planning and Event Management

Units: 3
Hours: 54 lecture
Theory, delivery systems and processes of program planning, implementation, and evaluation applicable to a variety of public and private agencies. Addresses programs that serve different age groups, interests and needs within a range of environments. Leadership for both professionals and volunteers presented in terms of their relationship to the human services field. (CSU)

RECM 0030. Leadership in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management

Units: 3
Hours: 54 lecture
Leadership of recreation activities with emphasis on the social development and integration of individuals into group programs, mechanics of planning, techniques of presentation and a repertoire of social activities as tools of social recreation. (CSU)

RECM 0040. Leisure Aspects of the Hospitality Industry

Units: 3
Hours: 54 lecture
Overview of structure and financial performances of the hospitality industry; food and lodging, resorts, tourism enterprises, attractions, and related operations. Focus on orientation on customer service, cultural/economic trends, and career opportunities. (CSU)

RECM 0050. Avalanche Safety I

Units: 4
Formerly known as Forestry 38
Advisory: Students should have an intermediate level of proficiency at skiing or snowboarding, and have backcountry access and climbing capability
Hours: 108 (54 lecture, 54 laboratory)
Designed to help winter enthusiasts assess avalanche hazard through field observation of weather, terrain, and the mountain snow pack. Field sessions in stability evaluation, terrain analysis, and route selection are conducted, applying theory learned in the classroom. Necessary equipment: beacon; probe; shovel; snowshoes, snowboard, or freeheel skis. (CSU)

RECM 0051. Avalanche Safety II

Units: 2
Formerly known as Forestry 39
Prerequisite: Completion of RECM 50 with grade of "C" or better
Advisory: Students should have an intermediate level of proficiency at skiing or snowboarding, and have backcountry access and climbing capability
Hours: 54 (27 lecture, 27 laboratory)
Stability evaluation, route selection, and decisions made in a field context relative to backcountry travel and avalanche safety. Necessary equipment: beacon; probe; shovel; snowshoes, snowboard, or freeheel skis. (CSU)

RECM 0070. Backpacking

Units: 2
Formerly known as PHED 0076
Hours: 54 (18 lecture, 36 activity)
Basics of minimum impact camping and wilderness safety with maximum personal comfort and enjoyment. Emphasizes "leave-no-trace" camping skills, wilderness navigation, shelter use and site selection, group dynamics and leadership. Students should be ambulatory and in good physical health to complete the two required backpacking field trips. Camping, entrance, and transportation fees may be required. (CSU, UC-with unit limitation)

RECM 0071. Rock Climbing

Units: 2
Formerly known as PHED 0077
Hours: 54 (18 lecture, 36 activity)
Covers various aspects of climbing including: how to use rope systems and other climbing gear safely, how to tie and use various knots, belaying techniques, call signals, balance, climbing techniques, footwork, flexibility, and rappelling. Students should be ambulatory and in good health to complete the required field trips. Entrance and transportation fees may be required. (CSU, UC-with unit limitation)

RECM 0072. Wilderness Survival

Units: 2
Formerly known as PHED 0078
Hours: 54 (27 lecture, 27 laboratory)
Designed to enhance the student's understanding of the outdoors and the natural world. Interactive discussions and experiments involving shelter, water, fire, food, tracking, hazards, and other basic survival skills. Field study required. (CSU)

RECM 0095. Internship in Recreation Management

Units: 0.5-4
Designed for advanced students to work in an area related to their educational or occupational goal. Provides new on-the-job technical training under the direction of a worksite supervisor, allowing students to expand knowledge and skills in the chosen field. Mandatory orientation session and faculty approval to determine eligibility. Students may earn up to a total of 16 units in internship courses (any course numbered 95 and PDEV 94). (CSU-with unit limitation)

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • Identify and practice high safety standards, support environmental needs, and provide a safe positive experience for other participants (students, student athletes, visiting athletes, community and faculty).
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills needed for recreational programs.
  • Demonstrate personal responsibility and the importance of different leadership roles.
  • Outline criteria for event planning, marketing and promoting in communities.
  • Create a balance between physical fitness, social well-being, health, and academic success.