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GCC 2013-14 Academic Catalog

Outdoor Leadership (olp)


32-40 credits

Required courses

The certificate

Provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to lead entry-level or above adventure programs and services. Students learn by doing: activities are primarily field-oriented, with hands-on training. The certificate prepares you to design and deliver experiences in five areas: backcountry travel, rock climbing, paddling sports, Nordic skiing, and challenge course work. Certification competencies comply with adventure industry nationally recognized standards. OLP is accredited by the Association for Experiential Education.

Your next step

Students are prepared to work in outdoor centers and organizations, paddling schools, outdoor schools such as NOLS and Outward Bound, human services organizations, educational institutions that utilize adventure, and a diverse variety of recreational programs. Students with previous career skills may combine those with current technical training towards entrepreneurial ventures, counseling, or other specialized fields. Students also choose to continue studies in outdoor education, adventure recreation, natural or social sciences, and a myriad of related fields.


More info

Please note that transfer to many four year colleges and universities will require the completion of four semesters of World Languages. Four sequential semesters of World Language classes from GCC will fulfill any UMass-Amherst language requirement.

Learn more

Program coordinator

Austin Paulson, Office: N112, (413) 775-1126,

Related links

For a list of courses that can be taken online, refer to

Associate in Arts (AA) degrees

Associate in Science (AS) degrees


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