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Olympic College Celebrates Military Community and Center’s Grand Opening

All are welcome to attend a special ceremony in honor of our men and women of the armed forces, and to celebrate the grand opening of Olympic College’s Veteran and Military Support Center.

Military family members, community members, and military officials will speak at the ceremony to pay tribute to our nation’s veterans and current service members. A mouthwatering barbeque lunch will be served immediately following.

The ceremony starts 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at the front lawn of the Haselwood Library on OC’s Bremerton campus. Lunch is free for all veterans and military personnel with ID and only $5 for all other guests.

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County hands out annual Earth Day Awards

Kitsap Sun, April 24, 2011 – Olympic College students, for Partners in Environmental Education: OC students participated in a college competition called RecycleMania, which involved designing and distributing marketing materials and presenting prizes to students caught “recycling it right,” Fuller said. The school’s three campuses placed 18th out of 140 entries. Coordinators included individuals from the Environmental Club, Sustainability Advisory Council, and Student Programs and Leadership Development. Read more

Leadership and Supervision Certificate Program at Olympic College Slated for Summer 2011

Beginning Summer Quarter 2011, Olympic College will offer a Leadership and Supervision Certificate Program. Those wishing to change careers, enhance employment standing, strengthen their job marketability, or would like short-term training and education should enroll in the Leadership and Supervision certificate program. This certificate program is designed to build an understanding of leadership theory and practice expressed through the work of organizational supervision.

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Jacob Nord – future exercise physiologist and registered dietician, competitive swimmer, potential fitness guru, OC scholarship recipient

“OC has inspired me to take charge, take advantage of opportunities, and reach my vocation.”

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OC Library Offers Virtual Help to Students

Students can now take advantage of 24/7/365 access to a librarian via virtual reference! The OC library is connected into a nationwide system of academic librarians, allowing students and patrons to get their questions answered any time of day or night. The process is seamless to OC students. They go to the OC library’s web page, type in questions online and a librarian responds virtually. OC librarians also support the program 4 hours a week for other students and patrons around the country. In the state, 34 colleges and universities participate in the system. Of those, OC students ranked #3 for number of questions asked (263) and OC librarians placed #2 in the number of questions answered (218) in the first part of 2010.

Brandman University and Olympic College Partner to Give Students Additional Path to Four-Year Degree

Early Advantage Partnership agreement is another option for Olympic College students to complete their bachelor’s degree

Brandman University, a regionally accredited institution within the Chapman University System, and Olympic College, a community college that educates students across the Olympic Peninsula, today announced the joint signing of an Early Advantage Program (EAP) partnership.

By enrolling in the Early Advantage Program, Olympic College students will be able to map out their education pathway to Brandman. EAP students are open to take Brandman classes as needed to ensure a timely completion of their associate degree at Olympic College. Participants in the program will have access to enhanced cooperative academic and student services from both institutions including Brandman’s advising services, information sessions, technology support, and education plans. The partnership will also allow students to lock in their academic catalog year, giving them the ability to transfer all completed coursework contained in the agreement.

To support the affiliation, Brandman University is also launching a Virtual Transfer Program (VTP) with Olympic College. This comes in the form of a landing page that is available to students who are looking to transfer to complete their four-year degree. It is an interactive initiative that allows an Olympic College student to download a completed education plan and know exactly what courses will transfer to a Brandman degree. To view the VTP partnership page visit

“Brandman University establishes Early Advantage partnership agreements with community colleges like Olympic College to provide students with a clearly defined path to pursue their higher education,” said Gary Brahm, Chancellor of Brandman University.

The EAP is another option for Olympic College students to attain their bachelor’s degree. As part of the agreement, Brandman offers a 10% tuition discount to transfer students and will waive all application fees for Olympic College students participating in the EAP.

The partnership between Olympic College and Brandman University is an outstanding opportunity for students to pursue more options for a bachelor’s degree locally. Brandman has an excellent reputation and Olympic College is excited to be partnering on this new endeavor,” said Dr. David Mitchell, President of Olympic College.

The agreement between Brandman and Olympic College include the following programs: computing technology; business administration; criminal justice; early childhood development; organizational leadership; psychology; social science; and, sociology.
An EAP student can attend classes at any of the five Brandman campuses throughout Washington State or online.

About Brandman University
Brandman University is a private, non-profit institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Established in 1958 and a part of the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with progressive, innovative curriculum and strong support services designed for working professionals.

About Olympic College
Founded in 1946, Olympic College is a community college with campuses in Bremerton, Poulsbo and Shelton and is regionally accredited as a baccalaureate institution. The college offers a bachelor’s of science in Nursing, associate degrees for transfer, and degree and certificates in several professional and technical programs. In addition to Brandman University, Olympic College has partnerships with state and national universities to provide bachelor’s and master’s degree transfer options for local residents. For more on Olympic College, visit


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Anita Bechtholt-Gompf – OC alum, PhD, Harvard Med School researcher, neuroscientist

“OC inspired me to Ask questions. Discussions were open. My limits were challenged. I was encouraged to be curious. Now I ask questions for a living.”

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Benjamin Breitberg – veteran, pilot, NASA intern, explorer, OC graduate

“I’ve been inspired to do my best. As simple as that. If you do your best all the time, you not only better yourself, but the world around you. You should never settle for anything less than your best.”

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Olympic College to Host Free Workshop for Women interested in a Career in Welding

Olympic College is offering a free workshop for women interested in a career in welding. The Women in Welding Workshop is for women aged 18 or older. Attendees will gain hands-on experience at the workshop and create a welded metal rose.

The Women in Welding Workshop is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2011 at Olympic College’s Trades Center. The Trades Center is located at 50 W. Fredson Ln, Shelton, WA 98584.

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Arlene Plevin – fulbright scholar, avid bicycler, ‘green’ cheerleader, world traveler, OC instructor

“I love all the life stories I hear and the people I encounter. So many students at OC have worked amazingly hard to return to college or to find their life’s path.  I’m constantly amazed, and in awe, of their challenges, determination, and creativity.”

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