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June 18, 2014
Contact: Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications
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Green Mountain College’s Killington School of Resort Management Undergoing Renovations

Green Mountain College has begun extensive renovations to The Lodge facility on Killington Road, which serves as a learning-living laboratory for students in the College’s Killington School of Resort Management.

The renovation includes nearly $400,000 worth of improvements including replacement of 17 bathrooms, installation of a sprinker system and energy efficient windows, upgrades to the building’s heating system, construction of a new multi-level deck, and creation of a large common room in the basement. Carpeting is being replaced and wood floors refinished. The project also reflects a key objective in the College’s strategic plan, which calls for “renovation of existing spaces to enhance comfort, aesthetic appeal, functionality and sustainability.”

The Moore Construction Company of Rutland is completing most of the work, and students at the Killington School of Resort Management are involved in designing and managing the project. The College expects renovations to be completed before the start of the 2014 fall semester.

“This represents the first major renovations to the building since the program began in 2001,” said Killington School of Resort Management Frank Pauze. “The Lodge is home to 34 students. The upgrades will greatly improve the quality of their daily life and add to the overall attractiveness of the program.”

The Killington School of Resort Management is an educational partnership between the College and the Killington/Pico Resort, combining GMC’s environmental liberal arts curriculum with real-world experience. The program includes an annual winter “co-op” program and an intensive third year internship. Students live at The Lodge and attend classes at Killington’s High Ridge Conference Center in Killington and the College’s main campus in Poultney. All students major in the resort and hospitality management (RHM) program, and graduate in three years with a bachelor of science degree and significant work experience in the resort industry.

Mike Solimano, President and General Manager of Killington/Pico, values the partnership and regularly hires alumni from the program. “The Killington School of Resort Management produces ambitious students and top-notch workers,” he said. “The program has a 90% retention rate and 98% job placement rate, so we know the school is successfully preparing future leaders in our industry.”

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