Outdoor Leadership Program Requirements

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There are no entrance requirements for the outdoor leadership program, however, there are several prerequisites 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.

The Block / Cohort

The OL program models a cohort program, whereby students complete a set of courses each term with a single peer group. It is advised that students complete as much pf their general education requirements prior to beginning their OL courses.

Students begin their OL work in the Fall, completing a set of introductory/fundamental courses. Fall is particularly special as students attend class for the entirety of the term, in an outdoor classroom, everyday of the week and complete an 8-day backcountry expedition. Once students begin in the Fall, they complete a prescribed set of courses in both the following Winter and Spring terms.

During Winter term, students work on advanced theory and application courses, gaining more extensive understanding about the practices of professional outdoor leaders. Finally, in Spring, students complete advanced skills courses, aimed at developing students' practice of professional standards within specific activities.

Outdoor Leadership Classes

The following classes serve the core of Outdoor Leadership. There are other requirements for the A.S. degree (Please consult the catalog), but these are the main classes students must complete within Outdoor leadership.

OL 111 Intro to Outdoor Leadership 
OL 171 Technical Skills for Outdoor Leadership 
OL 207 Seminar in Outdoor Leadership 
OL 244 Psychology of Risk and Adventure 
OL 263 Basic Wilderness Life Support - (a Wilderness First Responder certification course!) 
OL 255 Outdoor Living Skills 
OL 271 Facilitating Group Experience 
OL 273 Outdoor Recreation Leadership 
OL 294AC Alpine Climbing 
OL 294RC Teaching Rock Climbing 
OL 294MB Mountain Bike Guiding and Trail Stewardship 
OL 294WG Whitewater Raft Guiding 
OL 294CA Canoe Instruction

Descriptions of each of these classes can be found in the COCC catalog.

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The Ideal OL Year

For many students, an ideal year in Outdoor Leadership consists of focusing entirely on the core classes for the program. 
It is recommended that students complete as many general education requirements for the Associates degree before committing to this full year OL schedule.

Fall Term

OL 111 Introduction to Outdoor Leadership 
OL 171 Technical Skills for Outdoor Leadership 
OL 255 Outdoor Living Skills 
OL 263 Basic Wilderness Life Support - (a Wilderness First Responder certification course!); 
this includes HHP 212A The American Heart Association's Health Care Provider CPR

Winter Term

OL 207 Seminar in Outdoor Leadership 
OL 271 Facilitating Group Experience 
OL 273 Outdoor Recreation Leadership

Spring Term

OL 244 Psychology of Risk and Adventure 
Choose 2 or more of the following 
OL 294AC Alpine Climbing 
OL 294RC Teaching Rock Climbing 
OL 294MB Mountain Bike Guiding and Trail Stewardship 
OL 294WG Whitewater Raft Guiding 
OL 294CA Canoe Instruction

Descriptions of each of these classes can be found in the COCC catalog.