Intro to Sea Kayaking class testing the waters at Navajo Lake, Spring, 2013.
The OLER Mountain Biking class explores the many scenic,fun biking opportunities our area has to offer.
Receive the official Wilderness First Responder Certification through the OLER Program.
Backcountry skiing on Wolf Creek Pass in the San Juan Mountains, Spring 2013.
A Mountaineering class learns the basics of glacier crevasse rescue in Coal Bank Pass, CO.
AVI 1 Avalanche Training Course with Josh Kling.
Summit of Grand Turk Mountain, 13,160 ft. Spring 2013.
The scenery is always beautiful in the OLER classroom.
The OLER Program offers several climbing classes, suited for different abilities.
The High Endeavors Challenge Course lets students reach new heights.
Soon-to-be Swift Water Rescue instructors on the East Fork of the San Juan River, Pagosa Springs, CO.
Future raft instructor learning the ropes, Piedra River, Summer 2014.
Outdoor Leadership, Education, and Recreation
Outdoor Leadership and Recreation (AA.OLER) 64 credit hours
Outdoor Leadership and Recreation (CER.OLER) 37 credit hours
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The Outdoor Leadership, Education, and Recreation (OLER) Program at San Juan College is designed to provide an Associate of Arts Degree in Outdoor Leadership with a variety of transfer options. Outdoor Leadership classes are not limited to degree seeking students, faculty/staff and community members are welcome and encouraged to participate in the classes.
The program combines general education requirements with a core group of field based classes in outdoor leadership, education, and recreation. These classes are experiential in nature, meaning that you will learn the skills through participation in various activities. Although these classes are a lot of fun, you will learn a great deal about yourself, your peers, the educational value of the experience, and how you can become an effective professional in the field of outdoor adventure, recreation, and education.
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The mission of the San Juan College Outdoor Leadership, Education, and Recreation program is to provide students an education in adventure and outdoor recreation leadership that is consistent and up to date with industry standards and trends. We focus on the development of outdoor skills, teaching techniques, and leadership.
The philosophy of the San Juan College Outdoor Leadership, Education, and Recreation program is to administer an experiential curriculum of traditional and alternative teaching methods both in the classroom and in the field that meets the needs of the individual student's technical and theoretical foundation of becoming a professional in the field of outdoor adventure leadership.
To provide students with employable skills in outdoor leadership.
To provide students with leadership skills that can be used in any career or setting.
To provide students with a broad range of technical skills current with industry standards that are appropriate to wilderness leaders.
To give students an opportunity to acquire national certifications that make them more employable.
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