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Meet the Faculty behind the NEW BAS IS Program

kevinKevin A. Blackwell

  • Worked as the Technical Services Manager in Olympic College’s IT department prior to teaching CIS courses fulltime
  • Earned one award in every employee category that OC offers
  • A Certified Ethical Hacker with nearly 30 additional IT certifications
  • Served 23 years in the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Owns and manages a computer consulting company based in Bremerton, WA

Kevin is an avid student of technology and holds numerous industry licenses and certifications. In early 2014 he was recognized by the Cisco Networking Academy program as an Expert Level instructor.

Kevin earned his Associate’s degree in Computer Engineering from Olympic College, a Bachelor’s in Information Technology plus a Master’s in Information Technology with an emphasis in IT Security from American Intercontinental University.

Kevin participates in several professional organizations including the West Sound Technology Association (WSTA), Linux Professionals Institute and Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).

Aside from his passion with all things high-tech, Kevin endeavors to achieve his Ph.D. and looks forward to preparing BAS IS students for rewarding IT careers.



Pamela Bilodeau

  • Taught one of the first online courses at OC
  • Holds Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and A+ certifications
  • Earned a Masters in Informations Systems Management
  • Favorite part of teaching is learning students’ unique perspectives and discussing intriguing topics
  • Co-manages a music store in her local home town

Pamela’s academic accomplishments started with her earning a B.A. in Liberal Arts and an A.A. in Programming. Additional educational endeavors led to her achieving Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Internet and A+ certifications.

Prior to teaching at OC, Pamela worked in the IT department where she managed the Customer Service Center and oversaw Helpdesk Operations. Altogether Pam’s service to Olympic College is well over twenty years.

Aside from Pamela’s deep passion for teaching, she enjoys playing guitar (she’s been a musician since childhood). In her spare time, Pam helps local agencies automate their work tasks and business processes.


DondeDondi Hanson

  • Is consistently among the highest rated professors at Olympic College
  • Holds certificates for Android Boot Camp and Advanced Android Internals
  • Teaching focus on Open Source & Android technologies
  • Travels to a new country each year for in-depth culture exploration and participation
  • Undertaking hands-on restoration of his 1905 home

Dondi’s passion is taking the most difficult concepts in emerging technologies and making them understandable.

In 1999, Dondi joined Olympic College. Over the years he’s earned numerous certificates for successfully completing intensive trainings in programming languages and platforms, most recently Android Boot Camp and Advanced Android Internals.

Dondi holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the American College of Computer and Information Sciences. He is also proficient in ASP.NET, Java, C, C++, C# and Android programming languages.

Students are warmly invited to contact Dondi to discuss their career goals in software development or to suggest a great travel destination.


MarkMark Westlund

  • Holds a B.S. and M.B.A. in Information Systems
  • Has taught CIS courses at OC for the past 14 years
  • Developed and maintains the popular CIS website and learning management system that supports over 7,000 students
  • Presenter at 2011 WA-ACTE Summer Conference: ‘Open Source for Open Minds’
  • Enjoys going to the beach with his family, long walks with his dog and watching foreign films

Mark has taught in the CIS program for the past 14 years. Regular attendance at conferences and training sessions keep his skills sharp in the areas of HTML5, XML, PHP and Linux. His expertise has led to speaking engagements at notable events such as The 10th Washington State Working Connections IT Faculty Development Institute and the WA-ACTE summer conference.

Additionally Mark’s academic accomplishments include earning both a B.S. and M.B.A. in Information Systems. He also received grant awards to produce projects such as the CIS Digital Advisor for Olympic College, an eBook on Introduction to Operating Systems and an eBook on HTML5.

When free time permits, Mark enjoys several R&R favorites: classical music, opera, foreign films, news programs and time with his family on the beach.


rickRichard Becker

  • Earned an M.S. in Computer Informations Systems and B.S. in Business Administration from University of Phoenix
  • Worked as an Information Security Analyst and Chief Information Security Officer
  • Has 30-year career history in the Telephony sector
  • Serves as Scout Master and Assistant Scout Master with the Boy Scouts
  • Holds a Brown Belt in Kenpo Karate

Rich joined Olympic College in January, 2014. Prior to instructing at OC, he taught at El Paso Community College in El Paso, TX and Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, AZ. Altogether Rich has over ten years teaching experience and has taught a range of Computer Information Systems courses—from beginning courses on Microsoft products to advanced courses in networking, operating systems and computer/network forensics.

While working in the private sector Rich managed customer service teams, computer systems installations, networks and upgrades. His customers included telephone companies such as Century Link, AT&T, Bell Canada and British Telecom.

When not in the classroom, Rich enjoys spending time outdoors with family and friends. Fishing, camping, cycling and baseball are just a few of his favorite activities.


WWU Center at Olympic College


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Join us on Wednesday January 29, 2014 at the Haselwood Library in Bremerton at Noon.

Learn about the new Business Administration degree offered this Fall at Olympic College Poulsbo through Western Washington University.

Get informed about the program, admissions, deadlines and financial aid.

For more information, read the new release.

Olympic College and Western Washington University Partner to Offer Bachelor’s Degree Programs on the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas

Olympic College and Western Washington University partnership. Photo by Mark Malijan

Olympic College and Western Washington University partnership. Photo by Mark Malijan

July 17, 2013 – Olympic College and Western Washington University are partnering to offer baccalaureate degrees with the creation of the Western Washington University Center at Olympic College in Poulsbo.

Olympic College Poulsbo. Photo by Mark Malijan

The collaboration between Olympic College and Western Washington University is expanding as Western plans on having tenure track faculty located in Poulsbo to provide undergraduate and graduate programs on the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas. This expansion is part of a joint vision to serve the community and businesses on the Peninsulas.

“I am pleased to be collaborating with Western Washington University on this exciting new endeavor. They are a strong institution with great vision and it is truly an honor to be partnering with them,” said Olympic College’s President, David Mitchell. “Moreover, partnerships such as this are crucial to developing new and innovative educational opportunities that better serve the diverse population of our community. These new programs along with the flexibility of the Poulsbo location will greatly broaden the horizons for individuals and businesses that call Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas their home.”

OC-WWU partnership reception. Photos by Mark Malijan

Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard agreed, saying, “Though Western has been active in Poulsbo for some time, we are very excited about the new opportunities that this partnership with Olympic College creates for the citizens of Kitsap County and the Olympic Peninsula as a whole.”

“The WWU Center at Olympic College Poulsbo is a terrific example of how we can leverage our respective strengths to serve critical needs in the state, especially for those who are time- and place-bound.  Mothers, fathers, working professionals — anyone who wants to pursue the brighter futures that higher education makes possible, in a way that fits their lives,” he said.

Western’s Huxley College of the Environment and WWU’s Woodring College of Education currently offer courses on the Peninsulas. In 2014, Western’s College of Business and Economics will offer a quality business education tailored to the needs of students and employers on the Peninsulas.

James Funaro Director of OC-Poulsbo and WWU President Bruce Shepard. Photo by Mark Malijan

“Businesses on the Peninsulas are innovative, with a focus on sustainability and technology, areas in which the College of Business and Economics has strengths,” said Brian Burton, dean of Western’s College of Business and Economics. “We hope to translate those strengths into a program in Poulsbo that will give the region’s students the education they want with the flexibility they need, with a combination of Poulsbo and Bellingham-based faculty.”

In addition to the College of Business and Economics creating a business degree for the Poulsbo program, Huxley College of the Environment will be adding two new tenure track faculty positions to Poulsbo where they will serve students at Huxley’s Port Angeles, Bremerton, Everett and Poulsbo sites.

“These faculty positions will allow us to grow our partnerships with Olympic, Peninsula, and Everett Community Colleges, and also with partners like the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Marine Science Laboratory in Sequim,” said Steve Hollenhorst, dean of Western’s Huxley College of the Environment.

Olympic College-Western Washington University Partnership. Photo by Mark Malijan

President David Mitchell, Olympic College, and President Bruce Shepard, Western Washington University, formally announced this partnership and the creation of the Western Washington University Center at Olympic College in Poulsbo at a special event at Olympic College in Poulsbo.

For more information on Olympic College Poulsbo, contact Olympic College’s Communications Department at 360.475.7601.





Olympic College Presents A Community Music Concert

Olympic College is proud to announce A Community Music Concert on Sunday April 21, 2013 3 PM-5:30 PM at the Admiral Theatre in Bremerton. We welcome you to join us and enjoy college music faculty Mike Stoican, Susan Trainer, and Talman Welle and celebrate their 25 years of teaching.

More information and tickets are available through link:,frameless.htm?NRMODE=Published


Olympic College Jazz Festival

Bremerton Patriot, November 6, 2012 – The Olympic College Jazz Classic will be taking place on Saturday, November 17. Jazz ensembles from the region’s middle and high schools will perform at various venues around the Bremerton campus where they will be evaluated by experienced instructors and musicians. Read more

WWU classes may expand 4-year degrees at OC Poulsbo

Kitsap Sun, October 6, 2012 – Olympic College may expand its four-year degree options in Poulsbo by offering more Western Washington University courses if the university sees a favorable response from potential students.

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College Creates Mobile Web Applications

OC Mobile DirectoryOlympic College has been working to provide more digital services to students. For the past four years, the college has moved a number of services to an electronic format so they are accessible by mobile devices and can be viewed anywhere by students. The trend reflects the rising number of smart phones, computer tablets, and other mobile devices that can download content from the web. In fact, by the end of 2012, it’s predicted that the number of mobile devices in use will outnumber the world’s population. Read more

Olympic College Shelton celebrates over 40 years in Mason County

OC Shelton Olympic College Shelton celebrated more than 40 years in Mason County on Wednesday May 9, 2012 at OC Shelton. The community was invited to celebrate this milestone. Read more

Olympic College celebrates veteran and active duty military personnel on May 17, 2012

On May 17, 2012, Olympic College will pay tribute to the men and women of the armed forces and celebrate the first anniversary of the Veteran and Military Support Center (VSMC). The community is invited to join the celebration which will feature an open mic session as well as an open house at the VMSC. 

The event starts at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, 2012 by the clock tower near the Haselwood Library on the Bremerton campus. This event is followed by a hotdog lunch which is free for veterans and active duty military, and $5 for the general public.

Olympic College serves a community that has a large population of veteran and military personnel. OC has been consistently rated as a military-friendly college. The college’s Veteran and Military Support Center has consistently earned positive reviews by the military community as friendly and supportive center.

For more information, please call Allison Smith at 360-475-7100 or email

Washington’s Secretary of State to visit Olympic College for annual college civics tour

On April 17 Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed will visit Olympic College’s Bremerton campus for his annual college civics tour.  This year’s tour theme is “I Will Vote”. Secretary Reed will visit Olympic College from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at the Bremer Student Center. Students, visitors and the media are welcome to attend the event and join in the festivities.

Secretary Reed will take part in activities and discussions with students on the importance of voting, volunteerism and a look at exciting races and measures on the 2012 ballot. “The college civics tour is always fun for me and students, and it’s a great way to help get them more interested in voting and being involved,” Reed said.

The College Civics Tour is organized by the Office of Secretary of State’s College Civics Program and funded by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), a federal law that was adopted in 2002 to help with voter education. From April 9 to May 15, Secretary Reed will visit 45 campuses throughout the entire state as part of the tour. 

Members of the media are welcome to attend the event. To schedule an interview with Secretary Reed or to make other arrangements, please contact Brian Zylstra at 360-902-4173 or; or David Ammons at 360-902-4140 or