Brevard College is a four-year private, residential liberal arts college in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina that offers innovative and distinctive baccalaureate degree programs. Founded in 1853, Brevard College has a long standing commitment to an experiential liberal arts education that strives to inspire students to artistic, intellectual, and social action and encourages personal growth.
Brevard College offers an engaging education with over 40 different majors and minors, allowing students to find their fit whether a student is leaning towards a traditional degree or something that is a little out-of- the-box. The deeply dedicated faculty offer an education that is both supportive and challenging with a focus on student development, collaboration and creativity. Brevard College fosters meaningful local partnerships in which students learn from and alongside experts in the field, apply their learning, and make a genuine difference to their community.
While experiential education integrated across the Brevard College campus, one of the hallmark programs is the Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education (WLEE) Program. WLEE students experience a unique outdoor leadership program like no other in the nation. Our innovative educators support, challenge, and guide students – both personally and academically – to build teaching and leadership abilities through outdoor adventures in one of the most biologically diverse and opportunity filled outdoor recreation environments. At Brevard College, students make meaningful interdisciplinary connections, explore and develop interests and talents, and turn outdoor passions into a professional career.
The highlight of the WLEE degree program is the Immersion Semester, a full semester experience in which a team of ten students study six interrelated WLEE courses under the direction of one faculty member and other outdoor professionals. Highlights include day trips whitewater canoeing and kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking and nearly 35 overnights in the field, including a six-day coastal sea kayaking expedition, shorter multi-day trips, and a 21-day student developed wilderness expedition. Students develop their leadership, teaching and technical outdoor skills, gain from direct feedback from their experiences, peers, and faculty and have the opportunity to earn professional certifications along the way. The growth of leadership and teaching abilities of Immersion graduates is consistently recognized as students embark upon internships and graduates begin professional positions suited their goals and interests.
Through a variety of engaging learning opportunities across campus, BC faculty support, challenge, and guide students through many deep and meaningful learning opportunities. Among these opportunities include:
- Paddling on a three-week interdisciplinary source-to- sea Voice of the Rivers expedition with the Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education (WLEE) program;
- Visiting Amazon headquarters through the Business and Organizational Leadership program;
- Examining the large scale cultivation of microbes and waste water treatment in a Microbiology trip to Sierra Nevada;
- Gaining insights from the reenactment of world events in a History class;
- Collaboratively writing a children’s book in the Teacher Education program,
- Working with the local sheriff’s office to examine and refine policies and
- procedures in the Criminal Justice program.
Brevard’s experiential academic programs, small class sizes, outstanding faculty, and mountain location combine to create a unique educational atmosphere that truly challenges students to meet their potential and make significant contributions to their communities.
Country: United States
State: North Carolina
Name: Jennifer Kafsky