Wyndham Vacation Ownership Partners with UCF Grad Students

Wyndham Vacation Ownership

During the Fall 2014 semester, Wyndham Vacation Ownership invited a group of UCF Graduate students to partake in a real-world experience in the timeshare industry.

The students, studying at the University of Central Florida Rosen College for Hospitality Management, enrolled in a course called the Masters Level Immersive Learning Project. Students enrolled in this course worked directly with Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO) to solve real-world problems within the company.

WVO invited the students to purpose solutions for the company to increase a consumer’s interest in timeshare ownership and interest in their resort. WVO awarded scholarships to the students with winning proposals.

Megan Hawk, Graduate student at Rosen College, shared, “It was a great experience to work with a real company and a real problem. We go through all of these classes learning different aspects of the industry and being able to actually put some of the techniques to the test is a great way to analyze what we have learned.”

Located in the “timeshare capital of the world” UCF even has its own Timeshare Advisory Board to teach students about the industry. The board consists of some of the top employers in the timeshare industry such as ARDA, Disney Vacation Club, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, RCI, II, and Wyndham Vacation Ownership.

VP at Wyndham Vacation Ownership, John Wheeler said,

“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be included in this project with UCF and Wyndham Vacation Ownership. The level of detail and research the students put into the development of their presentations and the passion with which they all delivered the material was truly remarkable. It is great for the students to learn more about the timeshare industry as the product truly changes lives.”

Congratulations to the winner of the Masters Level Immersive Learning Project and a job well done to all who participated. To see the list of participants, visit UCF.edu.