Simpson University Outdoor Leadership Students Hired by Wilderness Organizations

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Aixa CorreaPhoto by Anni Graham / Simpson University senior Outdoor Leadership major Aixa Correa, in Mount Shasta in October 2015.

REDDING, Calif. - Two Simpson University seniors majoring in Outdoor Leadership have been offered competitive positions with well-known outdoor organizations.

Shane Wachlin, of Waconia, Minn., has been offered a seasonal job with Outward Bound California as an assistant instructor. Outward Bound is a national organization that offers expeditions and programs designed to “change lives through challenge and discovery,” according to the group’s website.

Aixa Correa, of Corona, Calif., earned an internship with Adventure Risk Challenge, a Truckee, Calif.-based organization that works with underserved youth by providing integrated literacy and wilderness experiences.

Aixa met the director of Adventure Risk Challenge during a Skype interview in an Outdoor Leadership class led by professor Rob Simpson and got excited about the mission of the organization.

“I have wanted to be a teacher since I was a little girl, and when I came to Simpson, I fell in love with the idea of working in a wilderness setting,” Aixa said. “This internship is the perfect opportunity to do both.”

Aixa will plan and implement leadership activities, help with program logistics, mentor high school students, facilitate the group reading curriculum, act as a writing coach, and lead a fitness group.

She noted that her Outdoor Leadership studies have “prepared me tremendously” for the position. “My Outdoor Leadership degree has prepared for me for so many more opportunities that I never thought were possible for me,” she said.

Simpson Outdoor Leadership alumna Sara Briley ’14 is also an instructor with Outward Bound. She is working on her master’s degree in environmental science at Montreal College and is also a wilderness instructor for North Greenville University in South Carolina.

“We are very excited for both Aixa and Shane,” professor Simpson said. “These are both fantastic opportunities with the potential to open up full-time options or prepare them to be more competitive in the job market.”

Simpson University is the only West Coast college in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities to offer an Outdoor Leadership major and minor. In its ninth year, the program has graduated men and women who are working as leaders at adventure companies, camps, recreation centers, and more.

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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