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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.


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


Karvakko Engineering Adds To Staff, November 16, 2012  – Karvakko Engineering of Bemidji recently hired Shawn Klein as a design technician. Klein received his degree in technical design with an emphasis in mechanical, civil and architectural design, from Olympic College, Bremerton, Wash. With nearly 10 years of experience on engineering and architectural projects, Klein brings with him a multi-disciplinary skill set. Read more

OC Culinary Institute Winter 2013 Is Now Accepting Applications!

Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal, November 12, 2012 – The nationally accredited Olympic College Culinary Arts Program is interviewing students interested in a career in culinary arts and hospitality management for the upcoming winter quarter. A short video explaining the program is available on the program website at this link.

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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

Sculpture Sheds Light on the Things We Shed

Kitsap Sun, October 1, 2012 — A sculpture. A statement on trash in the water ways. An interdisciplinary project weaving art, science, manufacturing and visual and aural communication.

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Olympic College Resumes Nursing Assistant Program

Kitsap Sun, September 24, 2012 – Olympic College’s nursing assistant program resumes Monday after being one of several programs the college stopped offering to students in response to slashed state funding last year.

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Olympic College Investigates Credit Card, Debit Card Incidents

Olympic College was recently notified by students and employees that their credit card and debit card numbers were fraudulently used. In each reported case, the individuals stated their card was in their possession. The occurrences were not isolated to any one area. The college is investigating the reports and, out of caution, urging anyone that has used their credit card or debit card at Olympic College to review their statements and check with their financial institution.

The college is still determining the timing of the incidents and if credit card or debit card systems may have been compromised. The college is hiring a forensic investigator to check for a possible “hacker” break-in of its financial transaction systems. In light of the reports, the college has restricted or removed its transactions systems from the merchant internet network and will offer manual credit card and debit card machines temporarily as a precaution. Read more

Two Outstanding Olympic College students selected for All Washington Academic Team

Jonathan Franklin and Kyle Walker, two Olympic College students, were selected for the All-Washington Academic Team this year. The All-Washington Academic Team annually honors two outstanding students from each two-year college in the state. Franklin and Walker will be honored in a recognition ceremony at noon Thursday, March 22, 2012 at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia. The two students will each receive a $750 scholarship, which includes $500 from the Northwest Education Loan Association and $250 from Key Bank. Read more