Created: 30 April 2020

Ty Casey grew up in Milford, PA competing in the USASA Mid-Atlantic series with hopes of someday working in a field he was passionate about, snowboarding business. So when the time came to seek out a college that would combine both his love for snowboarding with an education that would land him ready for the work world, Ty found Sierra Nevada University in a roundabout sort of way. 

In his quest for a ski business and resort management university program a small prospective college in Vermont told him “if you’re looking for a resort management program SNU is the best”. Ty went west and fell in love with Tahoe and the tight-knit community SNU cultivated between students, teachers, and mentors.

 “I was impressed by the entrepreneurs who taught at the school, these are people with real-life experience in their fields -- and they are very willing to be mentors in the community and guide you through your studies and beyond,” Ty said. That combined with the beauty of Lake Tahoe and over fifteen topnotch resorts within a 30-mile radius including Woodward Tahoe SNU had everything an eighteen-year-old prospective college student with a thirst for the outdoors could want.  

Ty didn’t get that ski business and resort management degree he’d come looking for but, the 2019 alum ended up with a whole lot more. Ty spent his four years at SNU as class president, captain of both the golf and snowboarding team, and graduated with a degree in Environmental Science and Business Management Entrepreneurship. All of this looks great on a resume but the best part is, that Ty had 5 job offers upon graduating that he says he “wouldn’t have had without the network of dedicated professors and SNU’s job guarantee program.” 

The job guarantee program at SNU offers students that don’t immediately find work upon graduation an opportunity to work with their advisors and mentors to determine next steps to enhance your prospects and if there is still no job offers SNU will take students back for a full semester of coursework to add to job-ready skillsets for free. 

But of all the job offers Ty received the most enticing one was staying put at SNU. Ty is now the Events Manager at SNU and the Head Men’s & Women’s Snowboard Coach. A dream scenario, “After spending four years in Tahoe and at SNU, I knew where I could fit into the university and make a difference, I also knew that having access to snowboarding and the mountain and lake lifestyle was priceless and worth more than any big city job.”  

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