Central Wyoming College's unique Outdoor Education and Leadership degree program seeks to double enrollment over the 2014-2015 school year. This year, the experience-based program piloted a new Living-Learning-Community which allows students to live in cabins in the foothills of the Wyoming Rockies while earning their college degree. To make room for the anticipated program growth the college is adding a 12 bedroom residential "bunkhouse" to its 7 existing cabins at the Outdoor Education Facility near Sinks Canyon State Park and the Shoshone National Forest.
For 2014, the program has expanded its curriculum to include an environmental science course and hands-on glacier research expedition in addition to existing college courses like Mountainbiking, Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding, and Rock-climbing. The new rental program makes a variety of outdoor equipment available to students on site, including: alpine and cross-country skis, snowboards, whitewater rafts, sea kayaks, mountain bikes and climbing equipment.
Graduating students receive an Associate of Arts degree in Outdoor Education & Leadership and a variety of outdoor skills certifications. Many continue their education by transferring as juniors into baccalaureate programs to study Adventure Education, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Studies, or Outdoor Recreation. Others begin their careers as climbing or rafting guides, ski guides, camp directors, or wilderness instructors for organizations like the National Outdoor Leadership School.
If you or someone you know is interested in career of outdoor adventures, come join us! Fall 2014 registration just opened and will continue all summer long. To keep up with recent events, follow us on tumblr and Facebook.