Students attending the New York-based Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, the College for the Business of Fashion, can now use their ID cards at more than 50 restaurants throughout the city thanks to a program implemented by Off-Campus Integration, a company designed to help colleges expand their preexisting card programs to include off-campus capabilities.
Off-Campus Integration, headquartered in New York City, was founded in 1994 at the University of Massachusetts and currently serves more than 50 institutions nationwide.
“When we received a call from LIM asking us to employ technology that is generally used for campuses with more than 25,000 students, we jumped at the opportunity and challenge to employ the same technology, with the same features, at a college with approximately 1,300 students,” says Michael S. Hauke, President of OCI. “We set up the system last year and have seen our numbers double not only with LIM, but also with other New York City students.”
Not leaving any students behind, OCI also offers the Off-Campus Meal Plan or OCMP card for students who live in New York City but do not go to LIM.
“We wanted to roll out our OCMP card in New York City because there was a growing demand for meal plans. LIM is one of many colleges in New York City that do not have facilities to provide students with a cafeteria-style meal plan. We have hundreds of students on the OCMP program that are here for a semester abroad, taking summer session courses, or going to other schools which do not provide cafeteria-style dining facilities, or that use OCMP as a supplement to their on-campus meal plan,” said David Diana, CEO of OCI.