The Outdoor Leadership program is a two year degree program focused on teaching the skills needed to live and work outdoors. PWSCC’s Valdez campus is located in an outdoor paradise, with opportunities to ski, backpack, kayak, and explore natural settings right outside the doors. This degree program will provide students with the tools necessary to enter the outdoor recreation industry as a professional, while also becoming stronger and more confident in their personal outdoor skills.
Classes are hands on and taught with an experiential education model, 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 members are passionate about the outdoors, and share that enthusiasm with their students. By participating in Outdoor Leadership classes, students don’t just learn how to participate in outdoor recreation, they also gain key skills important for recreation professionals, including safety and risk management, program planning, and leadership. The program culminates with an internship in the student’s selected area of Outdoor Leadership. Internships can take place locally in Valdez, in another area of Alaska, or outside of the state. Program graduates will be ready to enter the job market at this point, or may choose to transfer to a four year university program to build on the coursework and experiences gained while at PWSCC.
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For more information, please feel free to contact our Faculty and Staff that specialize in Outdoor Leadership:
Heidi Franke, Academic Advisor
Page Updated: September 7, 2012 by arasmussen