The following is an unedited press release:
IAAPA Foundation Announces Support of Attractions
Management Track at University of Central Florida's
Rosen College of Hospitality Management
(Orlando, Florida) – The IAAPA Foundation, supported by members of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), announces its support of the University of Central Florida (UCF) Rosen College of Hospitality Management's Attractions Management Track with the funding of three scholarships.
"Supporting the pioneering programs Rosen College offers students interested in a career in attractions management goes to the heart of our Foundation's mission to inspire life-changing careers in the global attractions industry by cultivating tomorrow's leaders," said IAAPA Foundation Chair Jane Cooper. "Our collaboration with Rosen College will include scholarships for attractions management students and will help ensure relevant curricula by connecting industry executives to Rosen's classrooms and providing professors and students from Rosen College with direct exposure to operating attractions."
Today during IAAPA Attractions Expo, the attractions industry's largest global event, the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management announced the winners of three $7,000 scholarships funded by the IAAPA Foundation for students in the college's Attractions Management Track. The three scholarship recipients are Bridget Frost, Matthew Temmer, and Ashley Kaczor.
"We are delighted to support these attractions management students all of whom have demonstrated their commitment to learning by maintaining excellent grade point averages at Rosen College," Cooper said.
Dr. Abraham Pizam, Dean, Rosen College of Hospitality Management, welcomed the support and collaboration with the IAAPA Foundation. "The Rosen College's partnership with the IAAPA Foundation and members of IAAPA will provide our students with unprecedented access to educational opportunities and facilities, as they pursue their careers in attractions management. We are grateful for the financial support the scholarships will provide for our students, and for the alliance with the IAAPA Foundation which will expand the means for our faculty and students to connect directly with a host of attractions through our collaborative Executive in Residence and Professor in Residence Programs," said Pizam.
The IAAPA Foundation, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is supported by members of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, a global organization with members in more than 100 countries served by four regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, Hong Kong, and Orlando, Florida. IAAPA recently announced the relocation of its global headquarters to Orlando beginning spring of 2017. Rosen College of Hospitality Management, currently ranked fifth in the world among 1,000 hospitality management colleges, is located in the heart of Orlando's hospitality and tourism corridor. Over 3,600 students attend the College and are taught by faculty from more than 17 different countries The Rosen College is a 159,000- square-foot, state-of-the-art, Mediterranean resort-style campus, featuring 18 high-tech classrooms, a 200-seat training dining room, a beer and wine laboratory, two test kitchens and a 400-seat auditorium.
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The following is another unedited press release:
IAAPA Foundation and JA Worldwide Announce Partnership
(November 14, 2016—Orlando, Florida) – The IAAPA Foundation, supported by members of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, has announced a major effort to connect attractions operators and industry suppliers to JA Worldwide offices throughout the world.
The IAAPA Foundation and JA Worldwide believe the amusement park and attractions industry can provide a compelling opportunity for youth to experience and understand many aspects of global business. According to Jane Cooper, chairman of the IAAPA Foundation, "the IAAPA Foundation mission is to inspire life-changing careers in the global attractions industry by cultivating tomorrow's leaders. Attractions industry executives can meaningfully impact youth throughout the world by supporting the local and regional efforts of their JA Worldwide offices."
Asheesh Advani, president and CEO of JA Worldwide, is looking forward to the collaboration with the IAAPA Foundation. "Linking the global attractions industry to our efforts offers a unique opportunity for JA Worldwide," he said. "The excitement and appeal of attractions and the turnkey work-readiness and entrepreneurship curriculum of JA, create a powerful vehicle to inspire and prepare young people to become engaged in business and in the future of jobs."
To kick off the alliance, the IAAPA Foundation and JA Worldwide will collaborate on a Job Shadowing program during November's IAAPA Attractions Expo 2016 in Orlando. As part of the program, 30 JA of Central Florida students will study the attractions industry, meet with attractions executives, and have an opportunity to explore the world's largest attractions industry conference and trade show.
The IAAPA Foundation, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is supported by members of IAAPA, a global organization with members in more than 100 countries served by four regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, Hong Kong, and Orlando, Florida. JA Worldwide serves more than 10 million students with a mission "to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy." In addition to the JA Worldwide office in Boston, Massachusetts, there are six regional operating centers: JA Africa, JA Americas, JA Asia Pacific, JA Europe, INJAZ Al-Arab in the Middle East and North Africa, and Junior Achievement USA. JA Worldwide and its regional operating centers support JA offices in over 100 countries.
From left to right, Matthew Temmer, Ashley Kaczor, and Bridget Frost will be three faces to watch as they pursue a career in attraction management. They are part of a new generation of leaders and maybe one day they will be at a park near you. Congratulations to all of you.