Outdoor Education Program Graduates

Graduates have a solid foundation for research, adventure guiding, and many related fields

Colorado Mountain College graduates secure jobs with impressive organizations and earn a comfortable living while making a difference. Others choose to transfer and pursue higher degrees in anthropology, environmental science or education at nationally recognized schools such as the University of New Hampshire, Alaska Pacific University, the University of Washington and Western Washington University.

James Skurupey
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Knowledge and Power

“CMC’s Outdoor Education program gave me the knowledge and power to strive ahead in my higher educational goals and life’s experiences. My degree in outdoor education provided valuable knowledge that transfers to my current profession as an environmental scientist.”

James Skurupey instructed and assisted with outdoor education courses while completing his bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado at Denver. From there, he obtained a position with the Bureau of Land Management as a recreation technician and wildlands firefighter. Currently, he is pursuing a M.S. degree in Environmental Science at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

Amy Marino
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More than Teachers — Mentors

“My instructors were extremely passionate about the courses they were teaching. The leadership skills and sense of place I developed through CMC play an integral role in my work. I now see those educators as more than just teachers, I consider them mentors for life.”

Amy Marino graduated from the Outdoor Education program in 2009 and transferred to Prescott College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree. She is now pursuing a master’s degree through CSU at the Walking Mountains Science Center, with the help of a National Science Educator Fellowship. She works as a program coordinator for the Vail Youth Foundation.

John Guerrerio
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Creates Lasting Awareness

“The perfect synthesis of technical outdoor skills and teaching methodologies, the Outdoor Education program at CMC gives its graduates the necessary tools needed to become an effective instructor in the field and in the classroom. By providing direct wilderness experiences, the program at CMC made me a lifelong environmental advocate and has inspired me to become an active participant in the effort to create awareness of our collective responsibilities to learn about and protect the earth.”

John Guerrerio currently teaches English in a high school in Brooklyn, NY. He also manages two websites and writes regularly on the topics of energy and environment. During the summers, he is an instructor in the Wilderness Education Experience, a two-week program that brings high school students from NYC to CMC for an experience that hopes to inspire environmental advocacy in youth.

Chad Mickschl
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Superior Faculty

“The outdoor program gave me a great foundational knowledge and set of skills to build upon and start a career in the outdoors. The staff is some of the most qualified and student-centered staff that I have experienced. They are there for their students first and want to see them succeed. I am still great friends with the OUT staff at CMC.”

Chad Mickschl continued his education after the Outdoor Education program by receiving a B.A. from Lake Forest College and Avalanche Level III certification. He has worked as a mountain guide, avalanche forecaster, and outdoor education instructor. Currently, Chad’s occupations include teaching snow-related courses at CMC’s Spring Valley and Timberline campuses, traveling around Colorado as a teacher of avalanche safety courses through the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education, and working as an Avalanche Rescue Technician for Flight for Life. He works for the Bureau of Land Management as a Recreation Technician during the summer.

Michael Whigham
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Skills and Knowledge

“Throughout m professional and personal experiences, I have utilized the leadership, teaching, technical and interpersonal skills which I learned in the Outdoor Education program. These skills and knowledge have allowed me to excel in the fields of experiential education and leadership development.”

Michael Whigham transferred to the Recreation program at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, where he graduated Cum Laude. He later returned to CMC and served as Interim Assistant Professor, Adjunct Faculty and Director of Teambuilding programs, as well as maintained employment with NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School). Michael received a M.S. in Environmental Education at Antioch New England graduate school.