Since 1980, GCC has been training highly-motivated adult learners as outdoor leaders and adventure guides in the only accredited one-year program of its kind in the U.S.
Same product. Different package.
OLP classes are now open to students not enrolled in our one-year certificate. Take one and see if OLP is right for you!
Certificate students earn five industry-standard certifications upon completion. Certification classes are offered à la carte to the general public, too!
Celebrating 50+ years
Our first-ever OLP reunion comes to campus March 8, 2018—celebrating over 50 years since we began offering outdoor education at GCC!
Greenfield Community College's Outdoor Leadership Program has been preparing students to enter the outdoor adventure education and recreation industry as qualified professional leaders for over 50 years. Our flagship certificate and curriculum have been redesigned so that our courses can reach more students in more ways, in alignment with trends and developments in outdoor recreation and adventure tourism while maintaining our high standards of excellence.
Four Ways to Participate in OLP
Get involved in a way that fits your personal schedule, interests and professional aspirations
One-Year Intensive Certificate
Earn a certificate in Outdoor Leadership in 9 months as a full-time member of our selective OLP cohort
Take OLP classes—for credit or credit-free one at a time to best fit your schedule and interests
Earn, renew or update a nationally-recognized certification for college credit or non-credit based upon your needs.
Coming soon! A new two-year option is under development for OLP students to earn a transferable degree in Outdoor Leadership.
Hire a Graduate
Or find a job.
We maintain a job board as a service for our Outdoor Leadership Program students and we are committed to helping our outdoor industry partners connect with our graduates.