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Adventure Tourism & Outdoor Recreation

Why Choose ATOR at SWCC?

Do you want to explore your passion for the outdoors, gain leadership experience, and learn in a hands on, experiential environment? Join the Adventure Tourism & Outdoor Recreation program at Southwest Virginia Community College to gain the outdoor skills and nationally recognized credentials to land your dream job in the tourism & outdoor recreation industry.

What will I study?

The Adventure Tourism and Outdoor Recreation curriculum prepares students to be entrepreneurs in the tourism, parks, and recreation industries, and the program is designed to prepare students to work in or operate a small business in the tourism industry. Course work will include small business management, accounting, payroll, marketing, communications, technology, and outdoor recreation courses related to their discipline of interest.  The difference from other small businesses and entrepreneurs from this type of entrepreneur is the focus on outdoor recreation activities which could range from bed and breakfasts to an outfitter providing guided hiking, biking, kayaking or climbing trips.

This curriculum provides an entry-level credential for those interested in working in an outdoor recreation, parks/recreation, adventure tourism, or trail related job. Outdoor recreation activities are available in most areas, and visiting state and national parks is popular regardless of the state of the economy. State, national and other park services employ many employees in various types and classifications of jobs. At the heart of outdoor recreation activities, an integrated trail system and waterway infrastructure is necessary for adventure tourism and outdoor recreation activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, and ATV riding.  The adventure tourism and outdoor recreation curriculum embraces the relationship between entrepreneurship, tourism, hospitality, parks, and outdoor recreation.  Add additional skills with stackable credentials or preparation to transfer to continue your education

Upcoming Activities and Events

Adventure Quest: June 20 to June 22, 2017 (Registration Deadline: June 2, 2017)
Map Your Future: June 20 to June 22, 2017 (Registration Deadline: June 2, 2017)
Girls in the Outdoors: June 26 to June 30, 2017 (Registration Deadline: June 1, 2017)
Guide Essentials: Begins July 5, 2017

Student Spotlight: Brandon Senter

I chose SWCC because it was close to home and offered the outdoor recreation program, which is something I am interested in. My career goal is to get a job in outdoor recreation and provide others with the information they need about the outdoors. SWCC will help me be better prepared for a job in outdoor recreation.

Career Possibilities

There are a variety of career opportunities in this field – the only limits are your own!

Potential careers include:

  • Outfitter
  • Park Ranger
  • Wildlife Officer
  • Camp Director
  • Environmental Interpreter
  • Park Manager

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