A Letter from ODS Lead Faculty member:
Dr. Palmer, EdD, LPC, NCC, WFR, & Master Counselor
Welcome to Valdez, Alaska! We are situated in one of the most epic locations on the planet. The Outdoor Leadership program is a two year degree program focused on teaching the skills needed to travel and work in the dynamic tourism, adventure film, and expedition leadership fields. PWSCC’s Valdez campus is located in an outdoor paradise, with opportunities to film, ski, fish, backpack, kayak, and explore natural settings right outside the doors.
When I came to Alaska, I was seeking adventure, wilderness, and exploration. I’ve been all over this amazing state, and when the opportunity to direct the Outdoor Leadership (ODS) program arrived, I put all my energy into getting here. Our ODS program is one of the most unique and targeted programs in the world. From my own background in Recreation Management and Expedition Leadership, I knew that I wanted to craft a program that would attract students from around the world, and a program in which I would want to study. So many outdoor leadership programs focus on generalized skill-sets and tons of theory courses. Our program is laser-guided, task-focused, and employment-minded. This degree program will provide motivated students with the tools necessary to enter the outdoor recreation industry as a professional, strong and confident in their skills and knowledge.
Our classes blend theoretical and experiential education models, involving each student in the learning process. Some courses take place in a classroom while others are field based, taking place in outdoor environments. We believe that learning can occur in many settings and encourage this exploration. Faculty are passionate about the outdoors, and share that enthusiasm with their students.
The ODS program represents the first of its kind, offering Adventure Filmmaking within a full concentration, something that no other program has done. As we worked to design the concentration, we worked with Michael Brown of Outside Adventure Film School and Serac Films, as well as Maya Salganek of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Film Department, to ensure that our program was both cutting edge and transferable within the University of Alaska.
If you are searching for a place to find adventure, wilderness, and to explore; I heartily recommend Alaska. If you are looking to gain a laser-targeted, task-focused, and employment-minded degree; I fully recommend PWSCC of the University of Alaska. I am always available to speak with interested students and parents, and I look forward to showing you our Alaska!
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For more information, please feel free to contact our Faculty and Staff that specialize in Outdoor Leadership:
Dr. Palmer, EdD
dbpalmer AT pwscc DOT edu
Heidi Franke, Academic Advisor
hafranke AT pwscc DOT edu