Santiam Crossing School Launches First-of-it's Kind Program

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Santiam Crossing School offers a new program that enables students to earn nationally recognized professional credentials, college credits, and aids in the development of good judgment and self-regulation.

Santiam Crossing School is launching a Professional Development Certification Program, which enables students to earn nationally recognized professional credentials including Whitewater Rescue Technician, Red Cross Lifeguard, and Wilderness First Responder.

“We are really excited about this program as it’s the first-of-its-kind in our industry. Our students will be exposed to professions and professionals that may inspire their future academic and career goals. Most importantly, they will gain leadership experience and group and systems management skills. Plus, the certificates will be a great addition to a students’ college application or summer job resume,” explained Dan Coyle, Santiam Crossing School director of program services.

Students will earn up to six certificates while enrolled at Santiam Crossing and some courses will include the option of students earning college credits. In addition to the certificates, students’ will gather decision-making, risk-management, crisis intervention and group management skills that will aid in the development of responsibility, good judgment and self-regulation.

Santiam Crossing School is partnering with North Coast Adventure Centers and other nationally recognized organizations to provide the program.

The first certification course will be held in April. Each student will receive a Ropes Course Facilitator Level I certification. In May, they will become a certified Mountain Bike Guide Technician I. This summer they will receive a Whitewater Rescue Technician certificate. This is the same certification that search and rescue members and local law enforcement officers obtain.    

Students attending Santiam Crossing graduate, on average, at seven months. The therapeutic boarding school provides extensive therapy, substance abuse treatment, and an academically rigorous adventure education program for students struggling with behavioral, mental health and/or substance abuse issues. Here adolescents’ ages 13 to18 can resume academic study and build on the treatment gains they made while in a wilderness therapy program. Students benefit from taking part in a family reunification program in addition to the accelerated, academic credit recovery curriculum. Attendance of a therapeutic wilderness program is a pre-requisite for enrollment.

About Santiam Crossing School
Santiam Crossing is accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools They are licensed by the State of Oregon and are a registered private school. Learn more about Santiam Crossing at or call (800) 390-3983.


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