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Featured Post: Josh Nothnagle, Previous Olympian Editor

I didn’t realize how lucky I was to go to Olympic College until I started at another school.

I didn’t finish a degree at OC, it didn’t work out that way for me, but I spent plenty of time at the school and got to know as many people as possible. While I was there I failed to notice how high of a priority OC placed on student initiative.

I spent years working for The Olympian and would poke my head in at the Multicultural Center to visit with Jodie and Anjelica. At first I did it for work, they were great people to know and would help me with stories whenever I needed it, but as friendships developed I started spending more time there because of how much they care about students. And I loved seeing their compassion in action.

My new school wasn’t bad, I took a couple of really good classes while I was there, but students were treated like customers. That attitude paid off in some ways, it only took me a few days to get financial aid, but they missed the mark when it came to building future leaders.

If you want to change something, as a student, at OC, you can. If you identify a problem and have a solution, OC will listen. If you have a passion and want to immerse yourself in it, OC will help. All of this, in my opinion, is true in part because of the sense of community that exudes from the Multicultural Center and fills the school.

I watched Jodie, Anjelica, Krystal, who no longer works at OC, listen to students and help guide them to resources that would help them follow their dream; or in some cases, get their life back on track.

Sometimes they refer hungry students to the Sheryl McKinnley Food Bank, a for-students-by-students food bank and it’s named after the student who worked to start it.

The team in the Multicultural Center makes it a priority to listen to every person who walks through their door, and that’s one of the most beautiful things they do. There is an office for everything on campus, but there is no office like the Multicultural Center.

I’ll be attending the University of Arizona next, and I’ve accepted a position writing for their student newspaper. I know I’ll be happy there, I know I’ll have a good time, and I know I’ll be challenged.

But I also know I’ll never find another place quite like the Multicultural Center at OC – it’s a one-of-a-kind community. You’re lucky to have this resource and this support while you’re in school; don’t take it, or them, for granted.

Josh Nothnagle attended Olympic College from fall 2009 – winter 2012. While at OC Josh was the managing editor and editor-in-chief of The Olympian of OC and frequent visitor to the Multicultural Center. After OC, Josh spent two semesters at Yavapai College in Prescott, Ariz., and was accepted to the University of Arizona for fall 2013.

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.

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Karvakko Engineering Adds To Staff, 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

WWU classes may expand 4-year degrees at OC Poulsbo

Kitsap Sun, October 6, 2012 – Olympic College may expand its four-year degree options in Poulsbo by offering more Western Washington University courses if the university sees a favorable response from potential students.

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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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OC Wins $129,000 Washington STEM Grant

Olympic College recently received a grant from Washington STEM, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to improving education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  Historically, Washington STEM grants have focused on K-12 students. For the first time ever, the Olympic College grant will extend benefits to community college students, encouraging them to transfer into STEM fields at a university level. Olympic College is the first community college to receive the grant’s Portfolio Award, which is a multi-year project that develops or expands STEM education innovations.

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