Outdoor Career Academy
The Outdoor Career Academy (OCA) is a credentialing and skill-building program that engages youth to build life-long connections to the outdoors and a pathway to employment in the outdoor and environment industry. The training includes small group workshops, hands-on experiences, and exposure to jobs in the outdoor industry, as well as ongoing career coaching and mentoring to support youth throughout the year. The OCA promotes positive youth development and prepares youth with the strength of character and determination to be successful in all aspects of their life.
Our goal is help diversify the outdoor industry through equitable opportunities in experiential education, training, and mentoring for youth and young adults. Connecting with potential employers through career fairs and volunteer experiences are invaluable parts of the experience. With increasing opportunities for youth to continue leadership training through outdoor adventures we are helping create leaders for a brighter future.
Training: Intensive 4-day credentialing training that includes:
- First Aid and CPR Certifications
- Leave No Trace Ethics
- Situational and Servant Leadership
- Professional Ethics
- Natural and Cultural History Interpretation
- Outdoor Leadership, Survival, and Paddling Skills
- Job skills such as Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision-Making
Career Coaching and Mentorship: Ongoing individual support and skill-building.
- Goal setting
- Resume writing
- Job interviewing
Networking: Connections to professionals in the field.
Internships and job placement: Gain experience working in the outdoors.