Outdoor Leadership And Adventure Education - Garrett College

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Outdoor Leadership & Adventure Education


What is Outdoor Leadership & Adventure Education?

Outdoor Leadership & Adventure Education (OLA) is an innovative major leading to an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. OLA students learn the necessary skills to work in the outdoor, adventure, and recreation fields. With experiential learning opportunities such as backcountry living, ropes/challenge, and adventure-based skills classes like rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, and skiing, OLA professors use Garrett County’s mountains, lakes, forests, and whitewater rivers as classrooms.

OLA students have the opportunity to earn several national certifications including but not limited to:

  • American Canoe Association (ACA)
  • American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA)
  • Leave No Trace (LNT)
  • Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA)
  • Swiftwater Rescue
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

Career Placement

Employment: Graduates of the Garrett College Outdoor Leadership & Adventure Education program can be found working in the ski industry, land management agencies, and university adventure programs. Click here for Garrett College’s Career Services.

Bachelor’s Degree: OLA students also have the option to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor's degree in recreation, business, or education. Click here to explore Transfer Information.

Curriculum

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate a strong sense of environmental stewardship.
  • Students will effectively plan and facilitate an instructional experience.
  • Students will successfully plan and manage an adventure program.
  • Students will assess and respond to an emergency situation.
  • Students will earn at least one instructor-level certification in an adventure sports field.

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Why GC?

Why Garrett College?

  • Garrett College's location in Garrett County, Maryland provides scenic year-round opportunities for climbing, camping, skiing, rafting, and biking.
  • The region is home to some of the best adventure activities in the eastern United States including mountain biking at Fork Run, whitewater paddling on the Youghiogheny River, and rocking climbing at Coopers Rock and Seneca Rocks.
  • An internship is required for the program. Students have the opportunity to practice their adventure and leadership skills in a real-world setting in places such as ski resorts, state parks, outfitter/guide services, and camps.
  • The Outdoor Leadership & Adventure Education program has received Statewide Designation status from the State of Maryland. Verifiable Maryland residents who meet enrollment criteria will receive the in-county tuition rate.

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