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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or call him at (360) 475-7571 to schedule advising and a tour.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
BREMERTON, WASH., Feb. 18, 2011 – March 9, 2011 is the opening night for a photo exhibit entitled “The World as We Know It”. The exhibit will showcase the work of Olympic College photography students. The photographs will be judged during opening night by Aubin Ahrens of Aubin Ahrens Photography and Steve Armstrong of Open2View. Opening night is 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at the second floor of the Haselwood Library on OC’s Bremerton campus. The exhibit will continue to be on display until Friday, May 13, 2011. General admission is free.
“The World as We Know It” photo exhibit is sponsored by the law firm of Sanchez, Mitchell and Schock and the Olympic College Bookstore.
For more information or to enter your work in the exhibit, Email Laurie Usher at email@example.com or call her at (360)792-6050 ext.1662.
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Bremerton, Wash., Feb. 8, 2011 – March 22, 2011 marks the beginning of the second annual Celebrate Science Week. Fifth and sixth graders from schools around Kitsap County were invited to this celebration, free of cost. This event is designed to encourage kids to think about science and attending college. Over 400 students attended Olympic College’s first annual Celebrate Science Week in 2010.
Each school invited will visit Olympic College’s Bremerton campus on one of four days the event is scheduled. The young students will enjoy exciting science demonstrations and hands-on activities led by Olympic College’s science professors.
The following is a list of activities that will take place during this educational and fun-filled week:
Museum of Life Exhibit – Dr. Angela Elauria will walk students through models of cellular structures created by biology students and a display of five basic groups of living organisms (bacteria, fungi, protists, plants, and animals).
A Bug’s Life - Dr. Joe Smith, OC’s resident entomologist, will provide fun and interesting insights into the lives of real insects that live in OC’s biology lab.
Chemistry Blast - Professor Cami Geyer will guide a tour of the chemistry lab with some simple hands-on activities and exciting demonstrations, including “Exploding Gummy Bears”.
Microscope Adventure - Students will explore the microscopic life in the stereoscopic microscope lab. Students are encouraged to bring small objects to observe under microscopes (i.e. coins, small rocks or crystals, leaves, twigs, etc.).
Film Showing - An entertaining and thought provoking film about the wonders of Biology.
Celebrate Science Week is 9 a.m. until noon Tuesday, March 22, 2011 through Friday, March 25, 2011 at the Science and Technology (Sci-Tech) building on Olympic College’s Bremerton campus.
A special thanks goes out to the Olympic College Foundation for providing the giveaways and supplies for this event.
For more information contact:
Olympic College to Host Fairs Showcasing Colleges and Universities from Washington State on November 29
BREMERTON, WASH. – Olympic College will host two college fairs in one day for prospective students who want to study at a college or university in Washington State. Representatives from sixteen public and private colleges and universities from Washington State will be available to speak with prospective students during the fairs on Monday, Nov. 29, 2010 at the Bremer Student Center (BSC). The BSC is located at OC’s Bremerton campus on 1395 Broadway Avenue.
The fairs will be on the following times:
Fall Transfer Fair is 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
High School College Evening Fair is 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The Washington Council for High School-College Relations (WCHSCR) organizes each fair to help students gain access to and engage Washington State’s excellent post-secondary opportunities.
The WCHSCR Fall Tour is open to all high school students and their parents/guardians, college students who wish to transfer to a different school, and prospective new college students. It is a convenient way for people to speak with college and university representatives and gain admissions information. Prospective students can conveniently explore a variety of Washington’s colleges and universities in one day and in one place.
College education is one of life’s best investments!
The following colleges and universities will be represented:
Central Washington University
Eastern Washington University
Pacific Lutheran University
Seattle Pacific University**
Seattle University **
The Evergreen State College
University of Washington
University of Washington Bothell
University of Washington Tacoma
Washington State University
Western Washington University
* Evening High School College Fair Only
**Morning Transfer Session Only
For more information please contact OC’s Running Start/High School Outreach office by calling 360-475-7646, toll-free at 1-800-259-6718 ext. 7646, or by emailing RunningStart@olympic.edu.
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Nov. 17, 2010
BREMERTON, WASH. – Olympic College will host the third annual Science, Engineering and Mathematics (SEM) Information Night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, 2010 at the college’s Bremerton campus. This event is aimed at high school students and anyone considering careers involving science, engineering or mathematics.
Olympic College’s faculty and staff will be available to answer questions and highlight the college’s numerous SEM degree programs. Exhibits will be on display and OC’s Astronomy department planned a fascinating planetarium presentation. Tours of the state-of- the-art Science and Technology (Sci/Tech) building will be available throughout the evening. Classes held in the building during the event may welcome visitors from 7:25 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. (See schedule available during the event for more information).
“Olympic College is a very affordable option for transfer students and is right in Kitsap’s own backyard,” said Dr. Judi Brown, Dean of MESH. “It is a great idea to complete the first two years of your SEM degree at OC. Our students experience small class sizes, save money on tuition and commuting, and receive high quality instruction from dedicated, experienced faculty members.”
In addition, Washington State University has a Mechanical Engineering (ME) program on campus with local faculty for place-bound students who have earned an Associate of Science Track 2 degree. More information about the ME program will be provided by Dr. Marvin Pitts, program coordinator and faculty member.
There is no need to register and admission is free. Visitors are welcome anytime during this event. The event will be held in the lobby of the Sci/Tech Building on OC’s Bremerton campus located at 1600 Chester Avenue. The event is sponsored by OC’s Mathematics, Engineering, Sciences, and Health (MESH) Division.
For more information contact Karen Hanson at (360)475-6830 or firstname.lastname@example.org.