Cedar Fair And BGSU® Introduce New Pilot Internship And Leadership Training
SANDUSKY, Ohio, May 2, 2013
SANDUSKY, Ohio, May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Cedar Fair Entertainment
Company(NYSE: FUN), a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and
active entertainment, today announced a new partnership with Bowling Green
State University to introduce internship and leadership training programs.
The partnership with both campusesis designed to develop and implement
training programs for full-time and seasonal supervisors and help expand the
Company's pipeline of well-trained and service-oriented employees. The pilot
programs also will enhance the overall BGSU collegiate experience, giving
students the opportunity to bring classroom skills and theories to life at the
"Best Amusement Park in the World."
"We have always had a strong relationship with BGSU and are thrilled to
announce this partnership that will help us achieve our objectives of
recruiting and retaining high-quality personnel," said Matt Ouimet, Cedar
Fair's president and chief executive officer. "Strong leadership is crucial
in the hospitality industry, as a leader has a major effect on our employees'
performance and thus, the quality of our guests' experience at our parks and
properties. We welcome the opportunity to provide real-life leadership
experience to the students of BGSU while working toward our goal of providing
every guest with a great experience," said Ouimet.
In conjunction with the joint announcement, Ouimet addressed full-time and
seasonal Cedar Point staff, as well as current BGSU students and faculty, on
the leadership lessons he has accumulated throughout his career. "It is
important that along with creating a legacy of great rides and attractions, we
leave a legacy of great leaders," Ouimet concluded.
William Balzer, Ph.D., Dean of BGSU Firelands College, said, "The partnership
of Cedar Fair andBGSU, through its new Center of Excellence for Developing
Effective Businesses and Organizations, brings together two strong, regional
presences, giving our students a real-world laboratory to put classroom
theories into practice and gain invaluable on-the-job experiences."
About Cedar Fair
Cedar Fair is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio,
and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The
Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks,four outdoor water parks, one
indoor water park and five hotels. Its parks are located in Ohio, California,
North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri,
Michigan, and Toronto, Ontario. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens
Family Theme Park in California under a management contract. Cedar Fair's
flagship park, Cedar Point, has been consistently voted the "Best Amusement
Park in the World" in a prestigious annual poll conducted by Amusement Today
Founded in 1910 in northwest Ohio, Bowling Green State University offers
students a community that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and
an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A state-assisted,
residential institution, the University has an enrollment of about 18,000
students on two campuses and nearly 900 full-time faculty. More than 200
undergraduate majors and programs are offered, focused master's and specialist
degrees and a select number of nationally recognized doctoral programs.
Committed to ensuring that every student succeeds, BGSU offers rich
opportunities for engagement in research, community service, study abroad and
other learning experiences.
This news release and prior releases are available online at
Contact: Stacy Frole (419) 627-2227
Lisa Broussard (419) 609-5929
SOURCE Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
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