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Olympic College (OC) is a public two-year community college that educates more than 13,000 students a year. Founded in 1946, the college has three campuses in Bremerton, Poulsbo, and Shelton and serves a population of 280,000 residents living in Kitsap and Mason Counties.

Degrees and Certificates

Olympic College helps students build skills for the next phase of their life or career through its numerous educational options. In addition, OC offers courses to update job skills, get job training, or simply as personal enrichment. OC offers numerous high demand programs including aerospace and advanced manufacturing, IT, business, healthcare, and industrial trades. Additionally, OC offers baccalaureate degrees in nursing, engineering (with Washington State University), and business (with Western Washington University).  Click here for Olympic College Facts and Figures Brochure.

Western Washington University on the Peninsulas (Poulsbo) was established in 2014 to address the need for 4-year degree programs in the West Sound region, Western Washington University on the Peninsulas (Poulsbo) offers the same high quality instruction and rigorous academic standards as on the WWU-Bellingham campus.  Current degree programs include Business Administration, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, Environmental Policy, Environmental Science and Human Services.  In Fall of 2016, two new programs will be launched: Cybersecurity and Multidisciplinary Studies.  WWU on the Peninsulas plans to continue increasing the number degree options as it grows.

Brandman University, a part of the Chapman University System, is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) with programs offered both onsite and online. Bachelor, Masters, and Doctorate degrees for working adults are available for both civilian and military. Personalized advising, and small class sizes leads to over a 70% graduation rate. Brandman University offers classes online or on-campus with over 50 programs to choose from. Brandman’s  Silverdale campus offers a variety of degree programs for members of the military and civilians.

Northwest College of Art & Design (NCAD) offers degree programs in the in-demand visual arts careers including; Entertainment Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Motion Design and Photography.

The BGI at Pinchot University, which started its flagship program at Bainbridge Island’s Islandwood, offers educational programs in sustainable business, organizational leadership, and entrepreneurship. BGI was the first school to offer an MBA in Sustainable business.  Founded in 2002, BGI offers evening and weekend MBA and Certificate programs that thoroughly integrate environmental and social responsibility into every subject of the traditional core business curriculum.

High Demand Education and Training

Air Washingtona consortium of eleven of the state’s community and technical colleges which have received a $20M Department of Labor grant to strengthen our aerospace industry through workforce training.  Olympic College’s portion is $2 million over three years to develop training in Composites Manufacturing Technology, Manufacturing Technology – Precision Machining, and Electronics. By fall of 2014, Air Washington campuses will train more than 2,600 workers in advanced manufacturing /composites, electronics /avionics, aircraft assembly, and aircraft maintenance. In addition to training individuals, Air Washington will be helping businesses attain AS9100 certification, the quality standard for manufacturing in the aerospace industry.

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