To be accepted into the PRM Program, students must achieve and maintain a 2.5 GPA overall and write an essay explaining why they want to be a PRM major. As a major in the PRM program, students will meet with an advisor to complete a strategic plan which will outline courses, certifications, and professional development options to help them achieve their academic and career goals.
The essay: To become a PRM major, students are required to write an essay on why you want to be in the program. To prepare for the essay, research potential careers through online searches, the career connection bulletin board in Reid 122, reviewing professional journals, and interviewing PRM faculty. Parks and Recreation Management is a very diverse field, so it is important to research which direction you would like to take and formulate a strategy to help you prepare. Students are introduced to the PRM Essay in PRM 250. A copy of the essay directions can be found here.
The strategic plan: As a PRM major, you will be appointed an advisor to assist you in your academic and career planning. At the first advising meeting, you and your advisor will develop a strategic plan that will cover your academic and career goals. If you are a transfer student, you will only have two years to execute your plan, so it is important to set up a meeting in your first semester at WCU to develop your strategic plan. Feel free to download the strategic plan to get a head start.
The portfolio: As a PRM major, you will earn certifications, complete meaningful projects, present research, obtain references, and participate in conferences. It is important to save and document each of these items to be used as you begin your career search. In PRM 350: University & Career Planning, students will begin the process of developing an interview portfolio, both as a hard copy and an electronic one using a platform such as LinkedIn. It is important to save all of your work as you progress through the program. In PRM 495: Senior Seminar, you will complete your portfolio for a final grade.
The portfolio is extremely important. It demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities you have obtained through the course of your academic career at WCU. A well organized portfolio which includes samples of your various projects, certifications, outdoor activities, resume, and reference letters will assist you in obtaining your capstone internship. These items can also be used as templates in your future career.
The portfolio may contain the following items depending upon your focus area in PRM:
• Grant proposal
• Program proposal
• Evaluation report
• Trip planning document
• Research prospectus
• Business plan
• Risk management plan and/or analysis
• Leadership self-analysis
• Activity Log/Journal
• Lesson plan or activity proposal
• 3 Letters of Reference
• PERT chart
• Marketing plan
• Tent Peg article
• Newspaper articles, blog posts, press releases
• Service learning or volunteer work
• Unofficial transcripts
• Photographs of interpretive work or programs
• Certifications related to your career path
For more information, reference the PRM Student Handbook (pdf).