Why Choose Outdoor Leadership and Recreation Technology at PPCC?
By pursuing an Outdoor Leadership and Recreation Technology degree at PPCC, you will explore your passion, develop your outdoor skills, gain leadership experience, and find employment doing what you love. The variety of careers open to graduates include Environmental Educator/Interpreter, Camp Director, Outdoor Adventure Guide and Forest Recreation Worker.
What do PPCC Outdoor Leadership students study?
Your education will prepare you for employment in the Outdoor Recreation field by teaching you how to become an engaging and responsible leader and a steward of the environment and how to communicate environmental values.
The following Student Learning Outcomes are reflective of the goals you will meet during your time here at PPCC.
- exhibit mastery of outdoor leadership and recreational technical skills
- display ethical leadership in an outdoor environment
- communicate effectively and professionally with clients and other community members
- assess potential environmental impacts of recreation activity
- explain and implement relevant environmental conservation practices
Once you gain your degree you will be a competent, educated and marketable outdoor leader.
Example Classes You Might Take
"I wanted to share exactly how the OLRT program has affected my life so far. After graduating a year ago, I've already worked in four recreation related positions, with an offer for one more. Going back to college and studying OLRT has been the most important thing I've done -- it is the very reason I've had these awesome opportunities, and get to live and work in a recreation capital like Salida. I don't even want to think about where I'd be if I hadn't joined the program. OLRT has done wonders for me. Again, thank you and all of the other instructors that changed my life." – Matthew Sweeney, 2015 graduate
Career OptionsPotential careers range from designing, creating, leading, evaluating and managing outdoor recreation opportunities – the only limits are your own! Example careers include:
- Outdoor Adventure Guide
- Environmental Interpreter/Educator
- Camp Director
- Forest recreation worker