|Faculty:||Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley (Pembroke)
|Field of Study:||Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
|Description:||This two-year Ontario College Diploma program, delivered in a compressed format over 47 weeks, is partnered with Wilderness Tours (Canada`s largest outdoor adventure company) and provides the training, practical skills, and tourism industry experience to satisfy the provincial, national, and international demand for skilled interpreters, nature and ecotourism guides. Appealing to individuals interested in working outdoors, guiding clients, and interpreting natural environments, the program focuses on nature and heritage interpretation, outdoor adventure training, leadership, business, and risk management skills. The curriculum includes approximately 800 hours of field study and practical training in the following: river touring skills (kayak touring and gentle rafting), river rescue, no trace camping and wilderness travel skills, cross-country cycle touring, flatwater canoeing, astronomy, winter camping skills, tracking, wildlife viewing, photography, wild edible plants, and birding. In addition to the outdoor courses, students participate in several weekend expeditions and extended activity skills training sessions.
Qualified students can participate in an optional summer work co-op. The 500+ hour paid work placement offers students real-world work experience and an opportunity to network and make contacts in the outdoor tourism industry. Alternatively students can complete a forty day work term in an industry related position to fulfill the work experience component required for program completion. This program offers one cooperative education (Co-op) Work Term(s) option. Qualified students with a minimum GPA of 2.7, have the opportunity to apply for paid co-op employment to gain valuable work experience and networks within industry. * See Additional Information for more details. Students who do not qualify for or choose not to do the co-op placement, must accumulate 40 days of industry-related work experience prior to graduating from the program. Completing either the co-op experience or the work term is mandatory for program completion.
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Amounts include tuition fee, program specific lab and material fees, applicable eText fees, Students` Association fees and compulsory ancillary fees.