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Truax D3631
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

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Recreation Management

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 101094

Overview

The Recreation Management associate degree program at Madison College will develop your skills, as they apply to the recreation industry, in:

  • Leadership
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Human relations
  • Team building
  • Management 

You will also receive management training for efficient and effective marketing, programming, budgeting and finance knowledge. The design of Madison College's Recreation Management program will allow you to work within public municipal recreation departments, nonprofit organizations or commercial industries.

You may choose an Activity/Fitness emphasis that focuses on improving quality of life, or you can choose the Outdoor Education emphasis that focuses on growth through adversity. 

You can also transfer credits to UW-La Crosse, Carroll University, George Williams College or Aurora University toward their Recreation Management degree.

Pro‚Äčgram Details

Recreation Management classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

All courses for this program are offered only in person.

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Admission

To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 

Questions?

Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.

Curriculum

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

First Semester






Second Semester





 

Emphasis Area Course (see below)

3 credits


Third Semester (Summer)

Fourth Semester




 

Emphasis Area Course (see below)

3 credits


Fifth Semester




3 credits


 

Emphasis Area Course (see below)

3 credits


Activity/Fitness Emphasis




If choosing to take Body Structure and Function, students must also complete Anatomy & Physiology for Exercises Lab:



Outdoor Education Emphasis


Choose from one of the following two courses:



Outcomes

After completing the Recreation Management program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

  • Relate foundations of play, recreation and leisure to stages of the human lifespan.
  • Facilitate recreational activities to meet the needs of a variety of populations.
  • Adhere to safety rules and regulations governing parks, recreation and fitness.
  • Integrate leadership techniques to enhance recreational experiences for individuals and groups.
  • Align recreational procedures to management, marketing and finance goals.
Careers

Prospective employers throughout Madison consider Madison College Recreation Management graduates top candidates. Associate degree graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of recreation management, including:

  • Recreation Programmer
  • Sports Coordinator
  • Aquatics Supervisor
  • Activity Director
  • Fitness/Health Club Specialist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Adaptive/Therapeutic Assistant
  • Facilities and Grounds Maintenance
  • Parks/Golf Course Assistant
  • Seasonal Camp Program Director
  • School-Based Outdoor Program Director
  • Outdoor Activity Instructor
  • Challenge Course Facilitator
  • Outdoor-Based Entrepreneur

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

  • Parks, Recreation or Camp Director
  • Park Ranger
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
  • Challenge Course Director
  • Director of Wilderness-Based Program
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Program Graduates 9 12 9
    Number of Surveys Sent 9 12 9
    Number of Surveys Returned 8 8 8
    Percent of Surveys Returned 88.90% 66.70% 88.90%
    Available for Employment 7 8 8
    Percent Available for Employment 87.50% 100.00% 100.00%
    Not in Labor Market 1 0 0
    Percent Not in Labor Market 12.50% 0.00% 0.00%
    Available for Employment

    2015 2016 2017
    Graduates Employed 7 8 7
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00% 87.50%
    Employed in Related Occupation 5 5 7
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 71.40% 62.50% 100.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 2 3 0
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 28.60% 37.50% 0.00%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 0 0 1
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 0.00% 12.50%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.6 3.3 3.4
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 8 8 7
    Very Satisfied 5 2 3
    Percent Very Satisfied 62.50% 25.00% 42.90%
    Satisfied 3 6 4
    Percent Satisfied 37.50% 75.00% 57.10%
    Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 8 8 8
    Preparation for Getting a Job 3 6 2
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 37.50% 75.00% 25.00%
    Career Change 2 0 2
    Percent Career Change 25.00% 0.00% 25.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 1 0 2
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 12.50% 0.00% 25.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 2 0 2
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 25.00% 0.00% 25.00%
    Personal Interest 0 2 0
    Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 25.00% 0.00%
    Other 0 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 7 8 7
    Before Enrollment 1 2 2
    Percent Before Enrollment 14.30% 25.00% 28.60%
    While Attending the College 2 2 3
    Percent While Attending the College 28.60% 25.00% 42.90%
    After Training at the College 4 4 2
    Percent After Training at the College 57.10% 50.00% 28.60%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Employment Location Responses 7 8 7
    In College District 4 4 7
    Percent In College District 57.10% 50.00% 100.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 2 3 0
    Percent of In Wisconsin 28.60% 37.50% 0.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 1 0 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 14.30% 0.00% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 0 1 0
    Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 12.50% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2015 2016 2017
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 4 3 5
    Average Monthly Wage $2,746 $1,688 $2,294
    Average Hourly Wage $15.96 $9.82 $13.34
    Average Work Hours per Week 40 44.2 45
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 3 2 1
    Average Hourly Wage $12.17 $12.00 $12.00
    Average Work Hours per Week 25 27.3 20
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open
    TechConnect Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 132 38
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 270 19
    Total Jobs 402 57
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2017
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Ho-Chunk Nation Madison Youth Services Center Director
    Hyland Crossings Life Enrichment Assistant Sun Prairie
    Vertical Illusions Store Manager/Tour Guide Wisconsin Dells
    Village of Cottage Grove Interim Recreation Supervisor Cottage Grove

    * - TechConnect jobs are through the Wisconsin Technical College System.

    ** - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

    *** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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