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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 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:

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

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 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 (

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

Bonnie Ollos
360-475-7647 (Tel.)

“The World As We Know It” Photo Exhibit to Open March 9, 2011 at Olympic College in Bremerton

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 or call her at (360)792-6050 ext.1662.

Laurie Usher, instructor
360-792-6050 ext.1662 (Tel.)


Second Annual Celebrate Science March 22-25, 2011 at Olympic College in Bremerton

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:

Karen Hanson
360-475-6830 (Tel.)