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Join us on Wednesday January 29, 2014 at the Haselwood Library in Bremerton at Noon.

Learn about the new Business Administration degree offered this Fall at Olympic College Poulsbo through Western Washington University.

Get informed about the program, admissions, deadlines and financial aid.

For more information, read the new release.

Start here, go anywhere. See where Bailey and Chris Jantzi are headed

At Olympic College, students can start here and go anywhere. Such is the case with two OC Alumni Chris and Bailey Jantzi. Bailey attended Olympic College from Spring 2010 through Winter 2012 and transferred to the University of Washington where she majors in Political Science. She may double major in Political Science and Geography or minor in Geography, but clearly she is very ambitious. Chris had two stints at Olympic College in early 2000-2003 and later in 2010-2011. Moreover, he and Bailey met in Dr. David Toren’s Political Science class so OC had a role in matchmaking the pair as well!

Chris started off his education with Music Composition. While in his gap year, he was in a band with the goal of becoming a rock star! His mother suggested that given his interest it would be a good idea to go to College and study music. Chris enrolled in Olympic College and took Composition 1-6 with Rick White and noted that he learned a great deal from him. After a couple of years of studying, he went into the Navy and worked on nuclear submarines.

Both Chris and Bailey served in the US Navy and returned to college as nontraditional students. During his second stint at Olympic College, Chris enrolled in Physics and notes that Professor Linnea Hess was a major influence and inspiration to him. He also mentioned that he fell in love with Physics largely because Dr. David Fong turned him onto quarks and his life hasn’t been the same since! This interest in quarks sparked his love of dark matter and inspired his quest to find it. In fact, he was so inspired that he now majors in Comprehensive Physics at the University of Washington. As an undergraduate in the Physics program, Chris is currently working on an experiment with several graduate students and professors. The title of the project is: “Axionic Dark Matter Experiment – ADMX” and because of his experience on nuclear submarines, which provided him with the necessary skill set, he was invited to work on the project. Specifically his experience in refrigeration andDSC_0056 plumbing helped to earn him a spot on the team.

Chris cites Mathematics Professor Myong Stinson as providing him with a solid foundation in Algebra which he uses to this day. He also noted that Professor Linnea Hess worked with him throughout his tenure at Olympic College and encouraged him in his studies making it possible for him to move through the Physics track quickly. While Dr. Fong inspired his love of quarks and dark matter (Chris is determined to discover dark matter at the UW), he mentioned that what excites him the most is working with faculty at the UW who are published researchers and highly respected in the field. He feels that OC was the ideal stepping stone in getting him there. He plans to earn his Ph.D. in the field. However, music is still a great love for him and he is currently writing music for the play (“Who is Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?”) for a friend who will be directing it.

Bailey mentioned Dr. David Toren as a professor that should be cloned at OC. “The College should have 50 more of him!” She mentioned that he has high expectations and makes students work for their grade. She learned a lot and was inspired by him. Bailey also took a class in Geography. It was a course she needed as one of her pre-requisites for an AA. Little did she know that this course would inspire her to end up either majoring in the field or minoring in it! It is one of those courses that she took that surprised her and ended up igniting an interest in the subject.

Bailey also noted that because of her coursework in Logic and Ethics with Professor Dinshaw Jokhi, she has become a better writer and critical thinker. Her essays are well written and her arguments are solid. She attributes these skills to her experience in Professor Jokhi’s classes. She mentioned that he expects students to participate and discuss topics in the class and these experiences have prepared her for her coursework at the UW. This academic year she will be taking courses in GIS programming along with two other Geography courses and she mentioned that she has a keen interest in International Security as well. She is planning on pursuing her Masters in Political Science, but is open to the thought of getting a Ph.D. She is eager to begin working in her chosen field, however and finds it exciting to be working with professors who are active in the field.

Both Chris and Bailey feel that Olympic College is essential to the local community and both are grateful for their experiences at the College. When asked what advice they would have for anyone who is on the fence about going to college they said, “Try it. DSC_0029A lot of people think they don’t like school because of their experiences in high school, but college is different.” They both also mentioned the asset of being non-traditional students and how their life experiences have contributed to their success as students.

Olympic College exposed both of them to areas of study that were largely unfamiliar to them, but now have become their passion. Without that exposure, they would have lost out on what has ended up being great opportunities and a new life path for them both. Start here, go anywhere. Bailey plans to earn her Masters and work in the field and Chris says that in ten years he will be in Lucerne, Switzerland working on dark matter and quarks. Going to college opens up the world and provides new interest and opportunities ask Chris and Bailey.

“Having to Write with an Unsharpened Mind,” by OC Student Ace Butler

 This is my first entry for the One Voice blog here at Olympic College. In all honesty I have no idea what to write other than the fact that I have not written anything for quite some time. Looking at the “Suggestions for Managing ‘One Voice’” sheet, I am recommended to aim for one and a half pages (about 600 words.) The suggestions page itself is four pages long…


Irony: one of the many rhetorical devices I have learned and remembered from amassing knowledge in English courses. Clichés: what defines as “a trite, stereotyped expression; usually expressing a common thought or idea, that has lost originality, ingenuity, and impact by long overuse;” or in my own explanation of that word, the walking form of, me, Ace Butler.


Definitions: a great way to knocked down space in a writing assignment that has a word requirement.


Perhaps if there is one piece of advice I have learned when it comes to writing, it is this: first write from the heart, then from the head. (That was actually a line from Sean Connery’s character in Finding Forrester.)


Inspiration: not to be confused with plagiarism.


But really, when it comes to writing, anything at all, it begins with a simple challenge: having to write. This thing is all about getting down what’s in your brain onto paper without having to draw blood or leaving a pulpy mess. Writing is using your own digits as utensils and your own blood as ink – and I mean that figuratively – even if it is at the expense of possibly sounding stupid, or strange, or even dark at times.


Large spacing in between paragraphs: never compensates for missing words, but as any English teacher will tell you, they prefer quality over quantity any day.


Making every word count: I think this blog is entry worth 600 letters?

Ace Butler is a returning Olympic College student with interests in English and Psychology.  He is volunteering in the Multicultural & Student Programs office as an editor for One Voice.  He has an obsession with masks and alter-egos.

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.

More information and tickets are available through link:,frameless.htm?NRMODE=Published


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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