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The tourism and outdoor leadership program (TOL) is unique. We developed this program to provide the outdoor leadership, business, communication and other skills necessary for success in the tourism and outdoor leadership sectors.
You'll learn the technical and group leadership skills needed to be an outdoor guide or trip leader. You'll also learn the concepts, theory, and business skills needed to move beyond guiding and into management or creation of your own business.
The first two years of the program are primarily completed at Central Oregon Community College (COCC). Students are admitted to both OSU-Cascades and COCC. OSU-Cascades students taking COCC courses benefit from OSU scholarships and academic services, such as academic advising.
The COCC program provides you with a great core education, an ideal transition to upper division courses, and at lower cost than other universities.
Your first two years in the program emphasize:
Your final two years feature OSU-Cascade courses addressing:
A vital feature of this program is your internship, which you spend working for a company or agency in the field of tourism or outdoor leadership.
The TOL program is suited to all types of students: