Recreation Studies, A.S.


The degree program has a balanced approach to classroom and in-the-field experience creating a dynamic experiential learning environment. Our program also offers top-notch internship opportunities with some of the biggest and best organizations in NY State. Recreation Studies students can also receive a certification as a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Council on Strength and Fitness. Our students receive a well-rounded educational experience with additional elective courses that allow our students the flexibility to design and explore opportunities specific to individual educational and professional goals.

Program Goals and Objectives
  • Develop students’ understanding and acquisition of knowledge, skills, and characteristics which define responsible and successful leaders in the recreation profession.
  • Professional Affiliation/Development – Participate in Special Projects during the semester for professional development and networking.
  • Program provides rich experiential learning opportunities for students.
  • Provide a pathway to employment upon graduation.

Alumni Spotlight

Jacob Norris ‘18

My favorite thing about the Recreation Studies program was how fun it was to actually learn. Program Coordinator Budd Termin makes the program what it is and is always there to help. I chose Niagara County Community College (NCCC) because of the closeness to home, affordable price and great help from Financial Aid. Since graduating, I got a good job with New York State Parks. I work for the gorge crew and deal with the park trails and paths in the Niagara Gorge. I have also worked with NCCC in helping evaluate the major for future students.

Jacob Norris

Program Contact

Brenda Simonson
Program Coordinator
Location: H-161
Phone: 716-614-6773
Division Office: 716-614-6410