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Mechanical Engineering Degree in Full Swing

Washington State University’s Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program, a partnership between Olympic College and WSU, continues to grow. In Fall, the degree program, based at Olympic College Bremerton, enrolled a total of 14 students. Students are enrolled at WSU, but attend their classes on the OC Bremerton campus. One class is taught by full-time WSU professor Dr. Marvin Pitts on site at OC and one is taught by OC’s Engineering faculty Dr. Jeff Brown. The two other classes are broadcast from the WSU Pullman campus. For more on the program, see www.mme.wsu.edu/wsuMEocb.

 

OC Joins Higher Education Group to Increase Efficiencies

Olympic College, along with six other colleges and universities, is part of a coalition that is consulting together on challenges and helping improve cooperation among higher education institutions.

The Northwest Higher Education Coalition includes Olympic College, Bellingham Technical College, Everett Community College, Northwest Indian College, Skagit Valley College, Whatcom Community College and Western Washington University.

The group, initiated by Western Washington University president Bruce Shepard, is meeting quarterly to discuss how colleges can share resources and ideas – one of several ways the colleges are working together to become more efficient.

At the coalition’s fall meeting at Everett Community College, college presidents and representatives discussed economic challenges, sharing resources, the coalition’s ongoing work to improve services for student veterans, continuing international student recruitment and study abroad partnerships and developing stronger relationships among the colleges’ environmental sciences programs. The winter meeting is scheduled to take place at Olympic College on Dec. 3, 2010.

Everett Community College was a contributor to this story.

 

Video Lectures Enhance Learning Online

OC instructors are finding ways to use existing video technologies to enrich online student learning. Ian Sherman, OC English faculty, has started making videos with special class instructions and posting them online so his students can access them. The technology allows online instructors like Sherman to be conversational with students, provide more information, and be easier to understand. To access Sherman’s videos, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYWLLRgJFX4. In addition, OC Computer Information Systems instructor Kevin Blackwell is using video technology to enhance distance learning. Blackwell recently took part in a grant project with other community college instructors on how to use Web 2.0 technologies for distance and online learning. As part of the project, Blackwell created instructional videos to integrate into online and hybrid courses.

Olympic College Certified to Train Students for FAA Electronics Jobs

A recently signed agreement between Olympic College and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allows graduates from OC’s Electronics program an opportunity to get job placement within the FAA. About 50 two-year colleges and universities participate in the FAA’s Technical Operations-Collegiate Training Initiative (TO-CTI) Program nationwide. Olympic College is one of only two institutions in Washington State to take part. The FAA conducted a rigorous on-site evaluation of OC’s Electronics program in the spring and reported the program exceeded all knowledge, skills and abilities standards. The FAA employs 6,100 electronics technicians and offers an estimated 300 to 1,200 vacancies each year within the organization.

Welding Students Win First Place in State Competition

Four of OC‘s Welding students won first place and received the “People’s Choice” award for their sculpture at the Welding Rodeo 2010 held in Bellingham. The OC Ranger team won for “Kevin the Pipe Welder,” a tribute to Welding instructor Kevin Snell. Snell agreed to model for the students and posed as a pipe welder to give them inspiration. Ten college teams from around the state participated and had eight hours to assemble and weld scrap metal into the rodeo’s theme, Human Form. This was the first year an OC team has received top honors in the competition.

Math Instructor Receives Teaching Recognition

Jason Heinze, OC math faculty, was recognized by the University of Washington’s Computer Science and Engineering program as an inspirational teacher. Each year, the UW department invites students to nominate inspirational teachers that impacted them. Heinze was one of only 27 teachers and instructors from Western Washington to receive the honor in 2010.

Olympic College’s Culinary Arts Institute Interviewing Students for 2011 Spring Quarter

Bremerton, Wash., Feb. 23, 2011 – The Culinary Arts Institute of Olympic College is interviewing students interested in a career in culinary arts and hospitality management for the upcoming 2011 Spring Quarter. Some of the courses offered at this nationally accredited program include Baking for Restaurants and Institutions, Catering and Banquets, International Cuisine, Fine Dining, and ServSafe.

New student registration for Spring Quarter begins Thursday, March 10, 2011. Weekday classes begin Monday, March 28, 2011.

Financial aid, Worker Retraining assistance, and scholarships may be available to eligible students.

Additional information about the Culinary Arts Institute is on the web at:  www.olympic.edu/students/acaddivdept/businessandtechnology/culinaryartsinstitute.

Interested students should take a tour of the program and speak with an advisor. Email Steve Lammers, instructor and chef at slammers@olympic.edu or call him at (360) 475-7571 to schedule advising and a tour.
CONTACT:
Steve Lammers
360-475-7571 (Tel.)
slammers@olympic.edu

Running Start Information Night at Olympic College, March 17, 2011

BREMERTON, WASH., Feb. 18, 2011 – Olympic College is hosting the Running Start Information Night 6:30 p.m.to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17, 2011 at the Bremer Student Center on OC’s Bremerton Campus. This presentation is open to all high school students and their parents or guardians. Come and hear about the benefits of attending Running Start at Olympic College!

Running Start is a statewide program that allows eligible high school juniors and seniors to attend college tuition-free while earning a high school diploma. Students enrolled in the program could transfer their college credits to a college or university that offers four-year degrees, or gain professional and technical skills to enter the workforce.

Nine percent of all junior and senior high school students in Washington State are enrolled in Running Start. Last year, Running Start students and their parents or guardians saved over $40 million in college tuition combined.

The priority date for Running Start applications for Fall Quarter 2011 is May 1, 2011.

Information packets and applications will be available at the Running Start Information Night, high school counseling centers, the Running Start office at Olympic College, and on the web (www.olympic.edu/RunningStart).

If you have questions or to request special accommodations at the Running Start Information Night, contact the Running Start office before March 10, 2011. Call the Running Start office at 360-475-7646; toll-free 1-800-259-6718 ext. 7646; or Email runningstart@olympic.edu.

CONTACT:
Bonnie Ollos
360-475-7647 (Tel.)
bollos@olympic.edu