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Mickey, Pooh coming to recruit students at WMU

Nov. 7, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University students have the opportunity to learn about a one-of-a-kind education and work program for the "Magic Kingdom" on Monday, Nov. 12, on the WMU campus.

Representatives from the Walt Disney World College Program will be on hand at 5 p.m. in Room 208 of the Bernhard Center to provide information about the real world of make believe and becoming a Disney "cast member." The free event is sponsored by the Walt Disney World College Program Alumni Association WMU chapter, which was established in 1996 to provide networking opportunities as well as to promote the development of the Walt Disney World College Program at WMU. Disney representatives began recruiting at WMU in 1993.

The program offers a paid spring semester internship at the amusement park near Orlando, Fla., that consists of three components: living, learning and working experience. Students live on the Disney complex in apartments and participate in the program with approximately 7,000 other students from around the world each semester.

The learning aspect, called the Walt Disney World College Program Educational Curriculum, involves core business classes, elective seminars and self-directed study opportunities. Core business classes focus on the Disney culture, situational leadership, communication, the business world and cultural change. The seminars include lectures, interactive case studies and individual and group activities. The electives allow students to personalize their learning experience and provide networking opportunities with professionals from various departments and disciplines within the Walt Disney World Resort.

The work experience places students in positions at various theme parks, resorts and other Disney operations. Students serve as "cast members" in areas such as merchandising, transportation, attractions, food services, custodial services, lifeguarding and hospitality.

For more information, visit www.disneycollegeprogram.com.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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