Olympic College (OC) with campuses in Bremerton and Poulsbo, 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). See the WWU/OC video “Collaboration” on Kitsap Connected.
WWU partners with Olympic College to provide the opportunity for residents to complete their higher education goals in Kitsap County at convenient locations and considerable cost savings. Western Washington University on the Peninsulas (Poulsbo) offers the same high quality instruction and rigorous academic standards as the WWU-Bellingham campus. Degree programs available locally include: Business Administration, Computer and Information Systems Security (Cybersecurity), Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, Environmental Policy, Environmental Science, Human Services, and Multidisciplinary Studies. WWU on the Peninsulas also offers an array of non-credit learning opportunities for all people of ages; formal admission to the university is not required.
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.
Procurement Technical Assistance Center
KEDA’s Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is part of the Washington State PTAC. We provide FREE and confidential business assistance and support to regional businesses in marketing and selling to federal, state and local government agencies and prime contractors. We also assist agencies, departments and primes in their efforts to comply with federal and state procurement diversity goals. Our service area covers 5 counties: Kitsap, Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson and Mason.
K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Pipeline: The articulation of education and training in the Kitsap area, from STEM and pre-engineering in K-12 schools and West Sound Tech, through a rich variety of post-secondary options, supports existing and expanding jobs in the aerospace and defense industry cluster. Vies a map of Kitsap STEM Projects.
West Sound Technical Skills Center: Programs in Engineering and Design, Precision Machining and Manufacturing, Construction and Welding, targeted to high school aged students and other youth.
Aviation Classroom Experience (ACE)- A DOD $2.5 million grant to the Central Kitsap School District using a $2.5 million Department of Defense grant will partner with the National Flight Academy to offer four Aviation Classrooms.
STARBASE-Atlantis TTF Bangor is a U.S. Navy educational community outreach program managed by the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC). The program serves local community youth by offering fifth grade students the opportunity to participate in a variety of experiential learning experiences designed to increase knowledge and interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
West Hills STEM Academy (WHSA) – Bremerton School District has led the county in creating a PreK- college STEM educational track through creating a magnet STEM school, partnering with PreK schools and Olympic College/Washington State University to form a STEM education continuum.