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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.)


Olympic College to Host Fairs Showcasing Colleges and Universities from Washington State on November 29

Nov. 17, 2010

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:

Brandman University**
Central Washington University
City University**
Eastern Washington University
Northwest University
Olympic College*
Pacific Lutheran University
Saint Martin’s**
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


Bonnie Ollos
360.475.7647 (Ph.)

Olympic College to Host Science, Engineering and Mathematics Information Night on November 29th


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

CONTACT:Karen Hanson
360.475.6830 (Ph.)
360.475.7705 (Fx.)


Olympic College to Host Jazz Fesitval on November 13


October 28, 2010

Bremerton, Wash. – The Olympic College Jazz Classic is an annual festival. Jazz ensembles from the region’s middle and high schools will perform at various venues around the Bremerton campus on Saturday, November 13th where they will be evaluated by renowned experts and musicians such as:  Greta Matasa, voted Northwest Vocalist of the Year in 2009; Kelly Kunz, co-producer of the Grammy nominated “Night in the City” by Phil Mattson and the P.M. Singers; renowned composer Dave Cross; world-class drummer and music educator Garey Williams; and more.  The festival gives participants a chance to listen to their peers, share ideas, and gain valuable skills early in the school year as well as provides audiences with listening pleasure.

This festival was previously known as the Elliot Bay Jazz Festival and was held at the University of Washington. The festival director at UW has since retired and Olympic College was chosen to host this event. The event was later renamed as Olympic College Jazz Classic.

The annual Olympic College Jazz Classic starts at 8 a.m. on November 13, 2010 and runs into the evening at OC’s Bremerton campus. OC’s Jazzline and three schools picked by judges will put on a special performance 5:30 p.m. at the gym located in the Bremer Student Center.

The festival is open to everyone. Admission is free.

For more information, please contact Julie Hill of Olympic College’s Music Department at (360) 475-7197 or

Julie Hill
360-475-7197 (Ph.)


Olympic College’s Communications Department Wins Top Honors from District VII of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations

October, 2010 – Olympic College’s communications specialists have been honored with two silver medallion awards and one bronze award for their work in publication concept, design and writing by District VII of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) for the 2010 year.

The annual NCMPR Medallion Awards recognizes outstanding publications, advertising, and promotional campaigns created by college relations professionals from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and the Yukon Territory. The district includes more than 70 community and technical colleges and university colleges (Canada).  The awards were presented during the District VII conference in Bend, Oregon on Oct. 21.

The Olympic College Communications Department won silver medallion awards for the “Mission, Vision, Values” annual report and for the “Ready, Set, Join Us” Olympic College Foundation Community Luncheon invitation. A college invitation to the grand opening of the new Humanities and Student Services building received a bronze medallion.

The winning design and writing projects were created by Olympic College Communications Department staff Joanie Pearson, creative design manager, and Jennifer Hayes, communications director.

“These publications celebrate the successes of our students, faculty, staff and community,” said David Mitchell, president of Olympic College. “This is terrific recognition for these achievements, for the Communications Department and for the college as a whole.”

In the 2010 competition, Olympic College’s Communications Department won for the first time in multiple categories and was recognized along with larger colleges in metropolitan areas, including Portland, Seattle, and Tacoma.

“This is a wonderful accomplishment. Every year, communications and marketing professionals from community and technical colleges in the Pacific Northwest and universities in Western Canada submit their top work in the annual district competition,” said Joan Hanten, executive director of the Olympic College Foundation and Institutional Advancement, who oversees the Communications Department. “This is a tribute to the hard work and talent of the Communications Department team to be recognized along with leading college designers and writers in the region.”

The Olympic College Communications Department won a gold medallion award in 2007 in the NCMPR regional competition for the “Moving On” High School concept, a targeted direct mail postcard and direct-response website.

NCMPR is the only organization of its kind, exclusively representing marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges. As one of the fastest-growing affiliates of the American Association of Community Colleges, NCMPR has more than 1,550 members from nearly 650 colleges across the United States, Canada and other countries.

Jennifer Hayes, Communications Director
360.475.7106 (Ph.)