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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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PSNS & IMF apprenticeship program earns recognition

 Kitsap Sun, July 29, 2012 - The Department of Labor will recognize the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility apprenticeship program as a 21st Century Registered Apprenticeship Trailblazer and Innovator Wednesday in Washington D.C. Read more

Olympic College Investigates Credit Card, Debit Card Incidents

Olympic College was recently notified by students and employees that their credit card and debit card numbers were fraudulently used. In each reported case, the individuals stated their card was in their possession. The occurrences were not isolated to any one area. The college is investigating the reports and, out of caution, urging anyone that has used their credit card or debit card at Olympic College to review their statements and check with their financial institution.

The college is still determining the timing of the incidents and if credit card or debit card systems may have been compromised. The college is hiring a forensic investigator to check for a possible “hacker” break-in of its financial transaction systems. In light of the reports, the college has restricted or removed its transactions systems from the merchant internet network and will offer manual credit card and debit card machines temporarily as a precaution. Read more

OC hires two new coaches for golf, softball

Kitsap Sun, June 30, 2012 – “Olympic College hired a new women’s golf coach and softball coach, athletic director Barry Janusch said Friday. Breanne Toigo was named the golf coach and Danny Haas will take over the softball program.” Read More Here

Class of 2012: High achiever at Bainbridge plans to stay close to home

Kitsap Sun, June 13, 2012 - ’OC is sort of a family tradition. Her grandfather, Henry Milander, was president of the college in the 1970s and ’80s. Her father attended OC for two years before going to a university.”What a great resource we have in our own backyard,” she said.’ Read more here

Class of 2012: New North Mason graduate wants better life for her kids

Kitsap Sun, June 18, 2012 – When Rosa Maria Sebastian De Lopez thinks about post-graduation life, it’s more than her own future she thinks of.

She’s thinking also of her daughters, 3-year-old Eulalia, friendly and tall for her age, and chubby cheeked, 11-month-old Rosaura…The 18-year-old, who graduated from North Mason High School on Monday night, already has enrolled at Olympic College to study to become a medical assistant. Read more here

College Creates Mobile Web Applications

OC Mobile DirectoryOlympic College has been working to provide more digital services to students. For the past four years, the college has moved a number of services to an electronic format so they are accessible by mobile devices and can be viewed anywhere by students. The trend reflects the rising number of smart phones, computer tablets, and other mobile devices that can download content from the web. In fact, by the end of 2012, it’s predicted that the number of mobile devices in use will outnumber the world’s population. Read more

Creative chefs sizzle at Armed Forces Festival competition

Kitsap Sun, May 12, 2012 – “Military chefs in Kitsap County get to brag they are the best in the Northwest.

At least for the next year or so, that is, after a cooking competition Saturday morning at Olympic College that is part of the area’s Armed Forces Festival.” Read more here