Degree Outcomes

Reflection of students in the Crevasse Rescue course at Thompson Pass, Alaska

Degree Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the AAS in Outdoor Leadership student will:

  • Understand and explain the benefits of outdoor recreation for individual and community well-being.
  • Successfully evaluate risks associated with outdoor activities and identify methods to reduce and/or mediate risk.
  • Understand key skills necessary for recreation professionals such as program planning, assessment, leadership, outdoor safety skills, and budgeting.
  • Demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills in a recreation context.

A Few Words About Risk

Risk is a part of life. We all take a constant progression of risks throughout every day. That said, we each are responsible for choosing which risks we deem appropriate within our lives. The program is not designed for every student, and there are a number of inherent risks that we choose to take.

In addition:

  • Many of our courses require good physical condition and ability to perform comfortably in extremely cold and/or inclement weather.
  • Students may need to rent or purchase additional equipment for courses.
  • Multi-day overnight trekking and camping are required.
  • Courses will be occasionally carried out over uneven terrain, often without a trail, and may include river crossings or other hazards, depending on route and travel logistics.
  • Students must be prepared to spend long days in potentially harsh terrain, with a number of environmental concerns to mitigate, including bears, mosquitos, moose, wolves, rivers, tides, weather, temperature, etc.