Our mission is to provide excellence in developing empowered, competent and marketable
outdoor recreation leaders while fostering responsible stewardship of the natural
environment through implementation of the Outdoor Leadership and Recreation Technology
Educational Philosophy (OLRTEP). OLRTEP encourages students to utilize thinking, planning,
doing and reflection techniques in studying and practicing outdoor servant leadership
and recreation-focused skills.
This degree is great to get students into the recreation and leadership industry and
Colorado Springs and the surrounding area are a perfect place to get field experience.
This two-year AAS degree includes a variety of hands-on learning opportunities and
a diverse elective list allowing students to enhance outdoor skills in their specific
area of interest. Training emphases include outdoor leadership, field studies, group
dynamics, risk management, wilderness skills, and low-impact techniques for environmental
stewardship. To enhance the learning process, students will utilize their education
by applying skills developed within the program to an internship of their choosing.