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Why Choose Outdoor Leadership and Recreation Technology at PPCC?

Are you interested in exploring your passion, developing your outdoor skills, gaining leadership experience, or finding employment doing what you love? A variety of careers are open to students pursuing an Outdoor Leadership and Recreation Technology degree.

What will I study?

Your education will prepare you for employment in the Outdoor Recreation field by learning servant leadership and communication of environmental values; how to be an engaging and responsible leader; becoming an environmental steward; and being empowered through the Outdoor Leadership and Recreation Technology philosophy of Base Camp, Navigation, Ascent and Summit. 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!

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Example Classes I Might Take

This course emphasizes the physiological, psychological and practical principles of survival. Survival equipment, wilderness improvising techniques, and wilderness dangers are included.
A concentrated field experience in the Colorado mountain environment is provided in this course. Emphasis is on backpacking skills, safety procedures, ecology, geology, geography and group dynamics.
Develop the knowledge, ability and leadership skills necessary to instruct and safely lead a group on a mountaineering experience.
on the latest information philosophy, and techniques necessary to safely conduct outdoor programs and expeditions as an outdoor leader. Skills are applied under actual field conditions. Emphasizes minimal impact camping, wilderness ecology, judgment and decision making, group dynamics and trip logistics. These skills enhance effectiveness as an outdoor leader.
Emphasizes the motivation, aesthetics, and ethics of wilderness. Examines viewpoints from Native American, Western, historic, and modern environmental writers.

What are graduates doing now?

Successful OLRT alumni are currently working with such exciting organizations as the National Park Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the United States Forest Service and a wide variety of guiding, education, outdoor gear retail and manufacturing occupations, as well as self-owned businesses.

Student Story

"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

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Career Options

Potential 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
  • Entry-level Park Ranger or Wildlife Officer
  • Forest recreation worker
  • Camp Director

Careers in OLRT

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