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New Certificate Program Puts Golf Pros on the Greens and Behind the Scenes (08/01/2013)

MCC aims to fill workforce gap in Western New York

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – July 31, 2013 – With an estimated 220 public and private golf facilities in Western New York and 125 with a recognized PGA professional on staff, area leaders in the golf industry say there is a high demand for people seeking careers as a golf professional or course supervisor.

Between 25 and 30 entry-level positions can be available in the region in any given season, and facilities often must search outside the area for qualified candidates, according to the Western New York Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America.

In response to the industry’s regional workforce needs, Monroe Community College has developed a new golf management certificate program — the only one of its kind in the Western New York region —to prepare students for immediate employment in any area of the golf business, ranging from course maintenance and equipment repair to golf shop operations and human resource management. The curriculum also covers golf operations, rules and tournament play, club fitting and teaching skills as well as key components of starting and managing a small business.

The certificate program, which was recently approved by the MCC Board of Trustees, is anticipated to be offered in fall 2013 pending approval by the State University of New York and the New York State Department of Education. MCC also offers an associate degree in hospitality management with a focus on golf management.

For more information about the programs and enrollment, call (585) 292-2200.

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