July 26, 2000: Wilderness Leadership program fits Howe Sound’s economic development

      July 26, 2000
      Contact: (604) 892-5322

      (SQUAMISH, B.C.)--Squamish Mayor Corinne Lonsdale will be at the Squamish campus of Capilano College on Tuesday, August 8 at 9 a.m. to help kick off the institution’s new Wilderness Leadership program.

      The exciting 12-week intensive certificate program runs August 8 to November 23 and again in early 2001. It is designed to lead 18 participants through training required to obtain competency in wilderness leadership skills.

      With the outdoor pleasures of the Howe Sound/Whistler corridor luring people from around the globe, job opportunities abound. Ecotourism and outdoor-based activities generated revenue of about $777 million in 1998 and $808 million in 1999. Of tourism-related jobs in 1998, the adventure tourism and recreation sector accounted for 10,400 jobs or four per cent of the total 234,200 tourism-related jobs in B.C.

      "The Wilderness Leadership program supports the economic development directions set out by the district of Squamish," says Stephanie Forsyth, dean of college and community partnerships. "It would appeal to outdoor enthusiasts over the age of 18, or working professionals interested in outdoor adventure."

      Through an agreement with the Howe Sound School District, students enrolled in Tourism 11 and 12 will gain early preparation for the College program and will obtain transferrable credit for some of their course work. Graduates from the Wilderness Leadership program can work towards the College’s Outdoor Recreation Management diploma program, which can lead to the Bachelor of Tourism Management degree program.

      For more information, call 892-5322 or send an e-mail to: outdoor@capilanou.ca. Visit their Web site at http://www.capilanou.ca/programs/wilderness/index.html