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DCTC set to prepare students for luxury careers

Working in luxury may not seem like a possibility, but Dakota County Technical College instructor Rosalee Lee would tell you it is. And DCTC has created a new program to prepare people to work there.

The school's new spa and resort management program will begin this fall and Lee said it's the gateway to working in the glamorous industry.

To prepare students for the needs of the industry, the new program blends parts of the exercise and sport science and meeting and event management programs.

Through the program, Lee said students can either get a certificate or AAS degree. With a degree students will be able to manage and coordinate activities at a spa or resort.

Spas and resorts offer a variety of services and amenities that must be adequately and efficiently managed to provide an optimal experience for guests.

Lee said graduates will be able to get jobs all over the world working in a number of different positions, including fitness instructors, activities directors and spa managers as well as other positions.

"There are so many areas in the resort that require this," said Lee.

Worldwide hospitality is a growing industry and Lee said spas and resorts makeup a big parts of that.

She encourages her students to think global when considering employment. The average wage of someone working in the industry is $22.75, according to the DCTC website.

The AAS degree is 60 credits and will take about a year and half to complete.

Lee said the school started the program after employers indicated they are looking for employees with more education.

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Emily Zimmer
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