“With SIA and industry partners, we came up with what the test needs to cover, and at the end of the semester when they take the certification test, they need to achieve a certain score to get the certification,” said Michael Martin, CMC’s Ski and Snowboard Business Program Director. “The tests include Marketing, Sales Rep, Retail Sales and Retail Sales Management, and they are very difficult because we wanted them to set a benchmark. Students can put this on their resume that they got their SIA certification, and employers will know they’re getting the best of the best.”
CMC student Hazel Chorney said the SIA Certification has been a great experience for her, and helped her get an internship with Smokin’ Snowboards. “It’s been great to be here at the Show. It’s been a good experience working with Jay, the owner of Smokin’ Snowboards, and meeting so many influential people in the industry. I’m hoping to go on to a 4-year engineering school and learn how to build snowboards. All of the business classes I took at CMC have been a great foundation for that, and Mike and Tim, the program directors, are awesome so it’s been an incredible experience,” she said.
CMC Student Hazel Chorney is interning at Smokin’ Snowboards while enrolled in the SIA Certification program
CMC student Daniel Buri is in his second year interning for Amer Sports while earning his associates degree at CMC. “I just got the SIA retail employee certification,” he said. “My dream is to work for a ski company and be a sales rep, so that’s the next certification I’m enrolled in. I chose this degree because it’s so applicable to my goals. The professors are extremely knowledgeable, and it’s been a great experience. I feel like I could never have gotten so much industry knowledge and this opportunity to be here interning with Atomic if it weren’t for them.”
SIA President Nick Sargent congratulates CMC student Daniel Buri on his SIA Certification for Retail Sales.
The Ski and Snowboard Business degree at CMC has afforded many students intern opportunities to learn from experience within the industry. Currently, CMC students interning with SIA Members include:
Ashley Brovold, Never Summer; Austin Lutz, Phunksun; Beau Schecter, Salomon; Chase Boven, Tribe Snowboards; Cody Mertins, IFSA; Devin Miller, Wi-Me Snowboards; Eric Samuelson, Line; Hal Dean, Tech Nine; Hazel Chorney, Smokin Snowboards; Jake Nelson, Salomon; Jeremy Dorczuk, Smokin Snowboards; Jordan Rod, 540 Snowboards; Jordan Thomas, Colorado Mountain College; Michael Kochran, Never Summer; Nevin Weismman, K2; Will Morris, Powder Pursuits; Zak Blackburn, Salomon; Dan Buri, Atomic; Seth Smith, Smokin Snowboards
Congratulations to all the CMC SIA Certificate recipients! We wish these students luck in their future endeavors in the snow sports industry and look forward to their contributions to health of the industry in the years to come. For more information about the CMC SIA Certification program, go to the Colorado Mountain College website.