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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:

http://www.olympic.edu/NR/exeres/440033D1-7485-427A-8AAA-61CAAF854D48,frameless.htm?NRMODE=Published

 

Karvakko Engineering Adds To Staff

 WalkerMN.com, 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

Magazine ranks Olympic College as one of the top colleges in the US for veterans in 2011

Olympic College was ranked as the top two-year college on the west coast for military veterans by Military Times Edge. Over 500 student veterans were surveyed in spring 2011 on what they consider the most important school services for vets. The factors they considered in selecting a college are: academic accreditation; central veterans’ offices; and staff knowledgeable on veterans’ issues. Results of the survey informed the magazine’s rankings of two-year colleges across the country. Eighteen colleges that offer two-year degrees in the US made the list. Olympic College was ranked fifth and was the only two-year institution from Washington State. The ranking list is on the web at: http://www.militarytimesedge.com/projects/best-for-veterans/best-colleges-for-veterans/2011/2-year/#.Tvucjn_Pqv0.email.

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