Secretary: Pat Meiller
The recreation and leisure industry is one of the largest industries in
the world with spending exceeding $3 trillion annually with
approximately one half of all jobs in the United States related either
directly or indirectly to leisure.
The Recreation, Parks, and Tourism curriculum is designed to prepare
students for employment in these leisure-related settings. Students are
primarily prepared for direct leadership and program delivery for a wide
range of career areas, such as: parks management; public recreation
(national, state, county, city); commercial, private, and resort
recreation; Morale, Welfare, & Recreation (MWR) in the armed forces;
recreation therapy; outdoor and high adventure activities; camping;
correctional recreation; voluntary non-profit agencies; employee leisure
services; and the travel, tourism, and the hospitality industry.
The A.A.S. Career program is divided into two option areas, Therapeutic
Recreation, and Recreation and Parks. After completion of the A.A.S.
Degree, opportunities exist on the Catonsville campus to continue with a
Bachelor of Science degree in either of two option areas through
Frostburg State University:
B.S. degree in Recreation and Park Management at the Catonsville
Campus and the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
BS degree in Therapeutic Recreation at the Catonsville Campus and the
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).
The leisure industry is one of the largest industries in the world
with spending exceeding $3 trillion annually. One quarter of all jobs
in American are related directly to the leisure industry and another
quarter of all jobs are indirectly related. In other words, one half
of all jobs in the United States are either directly or indirectly
related to the leisure industry.
An A.A.S. Degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism is an important
first step that can lead to professional positions in local, state,
and federal government, and commercial and private industry.
Graduates who successfully complete the A.A.S. degree can be found in
the following positions: program leaders or specialists, supervisors
or directors, activity and recreation therapists, outdoor
coordinators, park rangers, naturalists, conservation aides, student
activities directors, intramural coordinators, historical
interpreters, tourism assistants, travel agents, cruise directors,
armed forces youth workers, employee services coordinators, inner city
at-risk youth workers, coaches, referees, or golf professionals.
Graduates who successfully complete a Bachelor's degree or further
education may pursue careers as administrators with various agencies
such as, the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the
Maryland Department of Natural Resources, or local park and recreation
departments in cities, counties, or districts; as certified recreation
therapists with various agencies such as, the National Institutes of
Health, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Manor
Care, Inc. (and other life care communities, rehabilitation centers,
nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or group homes); or as
directors or managers of private recreation with various agencies such
as, the Columbia Association, convention, visitors, and tourism
agencies, fitness and health clubs, tour agencies, YMCAs, Girl Scouts
or Boys Scouts, aquatic facilities, Police Athletic Leagues, or
New opportunities for Recreation, Parks, and Tourism graduates are
always developing as people search out new ways to satisfy their
leisure time wants, needs, and desires.
Our graduates excel at four-year institutions and in the work place
because they are highly skilled in the fundamentals of leisure
Our faculty are experienced and highly qualified professionals from
the field of recreation, parks, and leisure services.
The Recreation, Parks, and Tourism program at CCBC Catonsville is
widely respected and considered the finest community college program
of its kind in the country by members of the Society of Park and
Our curriculum is overseen by an Advisory Board of fifty-three
committed professionals and educators who see as part of their many
responsibilities to help keep curricula up-to-date, to mentor students
in the curriculum, and to assist students with employment upon
Full-time Teaching Faculty:
Willa J. Brooks, Ed.D.
, Temple University