The Outdoors is filled with unlimited opportunities for the person seeking adventure, challenge, and opportunities for unexpected growth. Now more than ever the Outdoors needs professionals who understand the importance of maintaining natural areas for their power to invoke adventurous, challenging, and educational opportunities. The general area of outdoor leadership includes specific careers in outdoor recreation, outdoor education, adventure education, wilderness therapy, and tourism and leisure enterprises.
At the forefront of this movement is COCC's Outdoor Leadership Program. At COCC, we provide students with options for an associate of arts degree, associate of science degree, or an Associate of Science Direct Transfer degree designed specifically for transfer to OSU-Cascades and their Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Tourism bachelor's degree program. Depending on your long-term goals, we have an option that will work for you. Not sure which is best? No worries... we'll connect you with an advisor to help get you on the right track!
Vision: The COCC Outdoor Leadership program will be a premiere provider of Associate's level preparation in outdoor leadership development and will be grounded in the principles of lifelong learning, environmental stewardship, personal growth and leadership. The program emphasizes experiential methodologies to combine theory and practice in a strong field-based curriculum. Students will gain current and accepted skills, knowledge and standards in the professional field, while being taught by highly skilled and knowledgeable faculty who exemplify the highest level of standards, integrity and ethics. Faculty and students will be supported in their efforts to foster innovative practices in pursuit of excellence in outdoor leadership.
There are no entrance requirements for the outdoor leadership program, however, there are several pre-requisites for many of the OL courses. Please refer to the list below, which outlines the variety of courses. Students entering into the OL program are required to complete a set of first year courses before enrolling in second year courses.
What Students Learn: The First Year!
- Contrast the
variety of outdoor and adventure programs and their respective educational
and/or recreational intentions.
the historical and cultural factors of Outdoor Recreation.
a personal reason for pursuing a degree in outdoor leadership.
a potential course progression through the Outdoor Leadership program and a
plan of professional improvement.
potential career focus and organizations of employment.
the use of the outdoors as an educational and developmental resource.
- Examine their personal connection to the outdoors and
its impact on their world view.
the need for professional training of outdoor leaders.
the complexity of traveling in backcountry terrain.
a personal philosophy of venturing into the backcountry and wilderness
effective skills for travelling and living in a backcountry and wilderness
various skills toward developing a sense of comfort in backcountry and
and prepare a backcountry and wilderness experience through appropriate
measures of risk management for a backcountry and wilderness setting.
various ethical considerations of travelling and living in backcountry and
assessment in an emergency situation.
- Treatment and
care for immediate life-threatening injuries or sudden illness, excluding cardiopulmonary
- Proper treatment
of open wounds and burns, including dressing and bandaging.
- Proper treatment
of head and facial injuries.
- Care for bone,
joint and muscle injuries.
assessment and treatment of circulatory, respiratory, neurological, abdominal, and
- Proper assessment
and treatment of diabetic emergencies.
assessment and treatment of anaphylactic emergencies.
- Evaluation and
treatment of altitude illnesses, near drowning, and heat and cold emergencies.
- Proper care for
bites and stings
- Ability to read
a USGS topographic map, including valleys and ridges.
- Ability to take
a field bearing and use it on the map, including triangulation.
- Ability to take
a map bearing and use it in the field (using the base plate method).
- Ability to
orient the map utilizing both terrain matching technique as well as by using a
- Correctly adjust
for declination when converting bearings from map to field or field to map.
- Utilize various
forms of navigation aids such as handrails, catch lines, aiming off or
- Utilize time
and/or pace count to determine distance traveled.
- Recognize and
Distinguish advantages and shortcomings of specific gear and methods for a
variety of unique vertical challenges.
- Integrate the
use of specific equipment and skills in providing safety protection in a
- Examine and
operate various methods of travelling through a vertical environment.
appraise and design effective anchor systems.
- Generate and
Organize vertical rescues utilizing various skills, techniques, and methods