Monaca, PA –Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) and Point Park University are teaming up to provide CCBC students with another option as they pursue associate and bachelor’s degrees. CCBC is now offering a Sports, Arts, and Entertainment Management (SAEM) degree that seamlessly transfers to Point Park’s program under the same name, allowing students to more efficiently earn a bachelor’s degree in one of Point Park’s most innovative programs.
“CCBC partnered with Point Park University to develop the Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management degree and is particularly pleased with the seamless transfer option to Point Park University’s Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management program that awaits graduates,” said Dr. John Higgs, Dean of the School of Business, Arts, Sciences and Technology at CCBC.
“This agreements provides Point Park an opportunity to expand our reach and work more closely with a well-respected community college in the region,” said Steve Tanzilli, founder of Point Park’s SAEM program and chair of the school’s Department of Management.
This new articulation agreement provides a way for CCBC students who earn the associate degree in SAEM to achieve advanced standing and junior status at Point Park University.
“In the last few years, programs that focus on the sports, arts, and entertainment fields have grown in popularity. The Sports, Arts and Entertainment degree offers students a wide variety of career options and paths,” said Dr. John Higgs, Dean of the School of Business, Arts, Sciences and Technology at CCBC. “The degree at CCBC creates an avenue for students to become more familiar with the path that they want to choose before transferring to earn a bachelor’s degree.”
New to CCBC, the SAEM degree provides students the opportunity to acquire a broad understanding of the functional areas of business within the sports, arts, and entertainment industries. After earning an associate degree at CCBC, students will further their studies in all three areas in Point Park’s program, which offers a strong foundation in business, marketing and management with the added expertise in sports, arts and entertainment management.
“The degree also allows students to build leadership experience through exciting internships around Beaver County, Pittsburgh, and the broader region. Students who complete this degree can find career opportunities in college athletics, professional sports, theatres, art galleries, television, radio, amusement parts, and more,” added John Ashalou, Director of Athletics and Student Programs at CCBC.
According to PittsburghFuture.com, there is significant job creation in the entertainment and tourism industry. Between 1999 and 2005, over 11,000 new jobs were created in the Leisure and Hospitality Sector – nearly 3,000 jobs in Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, and nearly 9,000 jobs in the Accommodation and Food Service industry.
The majority of the new jobs in Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation were created by the professional sports teams, amusement parks, and performing arts companies.
Graduates of Point Park University’s program are currently employed at top regional companies including Heinz Field, Rivers Casino, Stage AE, Phipps Conservatory, Andy Warhol Museum, and Dicks Sporting Goods.
To learn more about the new Sports, Arts, and Entertainment Management program at CCBC, visit www.ccbc.edu/SportsArt