Outdoor and Experiential Education Program Partnerships


Western State Colorado University Extended Studies has developed partnerships with quality outdoor wilderness education and other experiential education programs to offer college credit. Extended Studies offers students the opportunity to earn credit while participating in valuable learning opportunities provided by our contract partners through field expeditions and cultural exploration, as well as through leadership training and various certifications.

If you are planning to enroll in a course and would like to earn college credit, please complete the OUTDOOR PROGRAMS APPLICATION REQUEST FORM to receive your credit registration packet.


Read about our exciting new partnership for college credit with Solar Energy International
GUNNISON, Colo. - Solar Energy International (SEI) and Western State Colorado University are proud to announce a groundbreaking partnership through the Western Extended Studies Department that will give students the ability to receive college credit for SEI’s industry-recognized solar training program. Through a dual enrollment agreement, students will be able to enroll in SEI’s classes offered online, in-person and as hands-on labs to receive college credit from Western. Students can also enroll in SEI’s Solar Professionals Certificate Program, which is recognized by the Colorado Department of Higher Education and comprised of a combination of SEI class offerings. For the full press release, click here.

Are you interested in enrolling in a Gap Semester or Gap Year? Several of our partners provide these programs. Extended Studies can help you use your 529 funds to pay for your experience! Read what's in the news: "The Surprising Way to Use Your 529 Plan"


Outdoor Programs Staff Contact Information

​Anne Chavez, Office and Outdoor Programs Assistant
Outdoor Programs Registrations and Grades Management

For general information questions, the quickest way to reach our staff is to send an email to outdoorprograms@western.edu. Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm (MST). 

Mailing Address

Western State Colorado University
Extended Studies, Taylor 303
600 N Adams St
Gunnison, CO  81231

Phone: 970.943.2885
Fax: 970.943.7068
Web: western.edu/outdoorprograms