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USC Beaufort Hospitality School Set to Move to Hilton Head Island

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The University of South Carolina Beaufort is set to expand one of its programs onto Hilton Head Island, in a project that's been met with some adversity in the past.

For several months, the school tried to move a location of its Hospitality Management program into the Coligny Park area. However, when that fell through, a different area was eyed.

Nick Brown believes a presence on the island is just what hospitality students need.

When he drives his motorcycle on the half-hour one-way trip to Hilton Head, it's gas that costs the most.

"I don't hardly make any money. I work over at Levi's now, and before I worked there it was impossible to do anything," Brown says.

He says those hospitality students who have internships at the hotels and resorts are out there every day, facing an inconvenience.

"Most people here are struggling, like typical college kids. It's not going to be the easiest thing," he says.

"Our hospitality management program works closely with many of our resorts and hotels in the area," says Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Mack Palmour.

These are internships that give real world application to planning events, and working at hotels and restaurants.

And the new location given the nod of approval by Hilton Head Town Council is on Office Park Road, not far from the Sea Pines community.

So far, town council reports the cost of the plan to be around $17,500,000. School officials say they are currently working out the cost with the town, as the plans are in the preliminary phase.

"Many of our juniors and seniors are out there already working or doing internships, so having the physical location there, we think will add to a convenience factor," Palmour says.

"What we think it will do is give our students an opportunity to put theory into practice, to expand on those opportunities," he says.

The idea is to convenience the students with taking classes near their internships, but also allow for them to have easier access to the job opportunities in the area after college.

"Getting a job, I think works out really well, being on the island," Brown says.

That also gives students more of an incentive to live in Hilton Head than before.

However, Brown isn't so sure Sea Pines neighbors will not oppose the plan.

"They seem to try to stay really private," he says.

He hopes things will pan out for the students' best interest.

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