Westminster Announces New Minor in Outdoor Education and Leadership

Nov 5, 2013

Nov. 5, 2013 New academic minor reflects demand for leadership skills in outdoor industry and beyond SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster College announces the creation of a new minor in Outdoor Education and Leadership to address the demand for graduates who can lead in the outdoor industry and beyond. A press conference with the director of the new Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation, Brad Petersen, was held on November 12, to announce the program. The press conference kicked off Westminster's 6th Annual Intercollegiate Bouldering Competition. Students from University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, BYU, etc., competed on Westminster's 46-foot climbing wall-one of the tallest in the state-for the title of "Best Boulderer." The event also included kayaking and packrafting demonstrations. Utah's outdoor industry brings in nearly $6 billion annually, with 14 ski resorts, five national parks and 1,000+ outdoor product companies that contribute to the state's economy. Westminster's minor in Outdoor Education and Leadership will help students develop effective leadership, communication, management and technical outdoor skills to help place them in companies and organizations in this growing industry. "Educated leaders and contributors in the field are needed more than ever as we see the outdoor industry's continued growth in Utah," said Brad Petersen, director of Utah's Office of Outdoor Recreation, which was recently created to promote economic development in Utah's outdoor industry. "Westminster's new minor in Outdoor Education and Leadership will infuse the state with skills and expertise needed as we work toward implementing Governor Herbert's outdoor vision." Westminster's new minor will also help students understand the history and foundations of outdoor education, be prepared to pursue graduate studies in related fields, demonstrate competence in outdoor skills such as backpacking, rock climbing and skiing, plus become educated in current trends and issues affecting the outdoor industry. In Utah, this connection, combined with a student's major focus of study, can also lead to a great career in the outdoor industry. "Many colleges nationwide offer outdoor recreation studies, however, Westminster's new Outdoor Education and Leadership program is tailored to preparing students to lead in business, the community and possibly work in our booming outdoor industry," said Liz Rogers, Westminster's director of the Outdoor Recreation Programs. For more information on Westminster's Outdoor Education and Leadership minor, click http://www.westminstercollege.edu/outdoorrec/index.cfm?parent=14398&detail=14420here.    

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About Westminster

Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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