Marshall University in West Virginia first offered a minor college degree in OHV Recreation Management in 2003. Now the four-course series is available online in a distance-learning medium.
The University says the first course will be offered on-line during the summer of 2005. The course, Introduction to Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation (PLS 450E/550E), is a 12-week course that will begin May 16, 2005, and end August 10, 2005.
As for the other three courses, Planning and Design of OHV Trail Systems (PLS 451E/551E) is to be offered in the Fall 2005 schedule as an on-line course, while Construction of OHV Trail Systems (PLS 452E/552E) and Operation and Management of OHV Trail Systems (PLS 453E/553E) may skip a few semesters before they're ready as distance-learning courses.
This series of OHV courses was developed through the collaborative efforts of the Park Resources and Leisure Services program at Marshall University, the Nick J. Rahall, II Appalachian Transportation Institute, and the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC).
Individuals may enroll in the course for undergraduate credit (PLS 450E) or graduate credit (PLS 550E). Prospective students must be admitted to Marshall University to be eligible for course enrollment. Registration begins April 4, 2005. Complete admission and enrollment information is available at www.marshall.edu/muonline.
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