2020-2021 Olympic College Catalog 
    Jul 16, 2024  
2020-2021 Olympic College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Life

An active part of attending college is getting involved in student life. OC has many extracurricular opportunities for students to build leadership skills, broaden their cultural perspectives, and cultivate new friendships. Students can be part of student government, student clubs, athletics, performing arts, and career and academic based programs.

Athletics - The Rangers

OC has been successfully competing in intercollegiate athletics since 1946 and has a rich and storied history. Athletics at OC contributes to educational and personal growth of student athletes by developing the positive attributes of dedication, discipline, responsibility, cooperation, self-confidence, leadership and citizenship.

OC is a member of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC). The NWAC is the largest community college conference in the country with 36 members. OC offers an academic advising program that supports student athletes. Athletic scholarships are also available.

OC offers the following intercollegiate sports:

  • Men: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Track and Field
  • Women: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Softball, Volleyball, Track and Field

Contact Information
Athletics - The Rangers
Bldg. 10 (BSC), Rm. 111
360-475-7450, bjanusch@olympic.edu

Multicultural Services

Student Service, which is comprised of Multicultural Services, the Office of International Education and Study Abroad, Intensive English, and Residence Life, serves a central role in student learning and development at Olympic College, advancing the college’s mission of learning by fostering academic and social networks through which students develop as intentional learners and global citizens. Our mission is to provide student-centered communities that promote academic success, safety and wellness, personal and professional development, and engagement in a secure, supportive, and inclusive environment.

The Office of Student Services creates opportunities to involve students, faculty and staff in diverse learning communities and provides a critical support structure for enriching the overall student experience. We achieve these ends through strategic alignment, both internally and in concert with other college departments. We create places for all of our student populations to thrive and connect.

Contact Information
Multicultural Services
Bldg. 10 (BSC), Rm. 118
360-475-7680, multicultural@olympic.edu

Music Activities

The OC Music Department offers high quality Instrumental and Vocal Music programs. The Instrumental program has a rich history, being one of the first in the nation to include jazz studies as part of the curriculum. The program today includes both Jazz Band I and Wind Ensemble. The Vocal Music Program includes Opera and Vocal Jazz Ensemble I (Jazzline) both by audition, and additionally a nonaudition Concert Choir. Lecture classes include Music Theory, Jazz History, Music in Film and Television, and Music Appreciation. Private instruction is offered in Electric Bass, Piano, Voice, Saxophone, Clarinet, Guitar, Brass and Percussion. Group instruction is also offered for Guitar and Piano. Scholarships are available by audition.

Contact Information
Vocal Music: Dr. Emerald Lessley
360-475-7117, olympic.edu/music

Instrumental Music: Rick White
360-475-7118, olympic.edu/music

OC Recreation

The OC Recreation Department is committed to providing the students of OC with diverse and fulfilling recreational activities that encourage the development of each individual and help create personal connections between students.

OC Recreation offers a variety of activities for fitness, wellness, and adventure. The Fitness Center is open to all students with a OC ID and current quarter sticker. OC Outdoors offers adventures such as hiking, rock climbing, white water rafting, and the annual snow trip. Find the latest offerings on both our website and social media outlets.

Contact Information
Jaymie Cox-Garcia, OC Recreation
Bldg. 10 (BSC), Rm. 121


For the fitness center, visit olympic.edu/student-life/fitness-center.

Residence Hall

The Office of Residence Life strives to provide safe, quality student housing, and aims to challenge, support, and educate residents to become responsible and engaged global citizens. Residents are immersed in a multinational living and learning environment that augments their academic pursuits through intentional education, innovation and community development. Research demonstrates that student involvement in campus activities has many benefits including: building new relationships, better time management, improved academic performance, and experiential learning. We hope that you will become involved in the residence hall and campus community. Get involved, have fun and enjoy this wonderful opportunity!

The Residence Hall is located half a block from OC’s Bremerton campus and features fully furnished rooms complete with full kitchen/bath, on-site laundry, community room access, fulltime live in professional staff, and 24/7 security monitoring. Additionally, room rates include all utilities, Wi-Fi and parking.

Residents must be full-time enrolled OC students, in good standing with the college, and financially responsible.

Visit our website for more information and to apply online.

Contact Information
Bldg. 16 (Residence Hall)
360-479-0840, Reslife@olympic.edu

Student Clubs

The purpose of student clubs is to create community and enhance the college experience. Participation in student clubs and activities is a great way to make friends, build your resume, demonstrate leadership, improve critical thinking skills, and be part of a team. As a club member, you can become more connected to the campus and your academic departments. There is a wide variety of clubs including American Sign Language, Student Veterans of America, Barner Garden Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Asian Pacific Islander Club, Photography Club, Clay Club and many more.

Research has demonstrated that student involvement in campus activities has many benefits including: building new relationships, better time management, improved academic performance and experiential learning.

To join or start a student club, visit the club website at olympic.edu/student-life/student-clubs, or visit the Student Government of Olympic College office at any campus located in the Bldg. 12 (TEC), room 101 at OC Bremerton.

For the most up-to-date list of student clubs, see olympic.edu/student-life/student-clubs.

Student Government of Olympic College (SGOC)

Students who pay Services and Activities fees are student government constituents. The student government constituents play a vital role in representing the interests of OC students on committees, at Board of Trustee meetings, and various college functions. The Student Government Office, located in the Bldg. 12 (TEC), Rm. 101, is a place for students to share ideas, seek help and resources, and start clubs. Shelton and Poulsbo student government representatives have offices on their respective campuses to serve students. Membership in student government is open to all students taking at least five credits per quarter.

Student Government Sponsorship

The Services and Activities fees collected at college registration support more than 18 student-funded programs and more than 20 student clubs. Programs and services include, but are not limited to: Student Government, Athletics, Sophia Bremer Child Development Center, Drama, Instrumental and Vocal Music, Multicultural Programs, OC Activities Board, Phi Theta Kappa, The Ranger News, Recreation, Student Organizers, and Tutoring.

Student Government Officer Positions

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Director of Finance and Operations
  • Director of Clubs and Student Life
  • Director of Public Relations and Communications

All Olympic College Student Body members that meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for a student employment position with the SGOC:

  • The applicant must maintain a cumulative and quarterly GPA of 2.5 or above.
  • The applicant must have completed more than ten credit hours at Olympic College.
  • The applicant must be currently enrolled in at least eight credit hours at Olympic College
  • The applicant must maintain eight credit hours per quarter*
  • The applicant must be in good standing with Olympic College.

Olympic College Activities Board

The Olympic College Activities Board (OCAB) is a student driven board that plans, coordinates, and hosts events for OC students. The board brings entertainment like musicians, comedians, speakers, movie nights, and awareness weeks to campus. The OCAB recruits for positions in the spring for the next year’s student leaders. For events and more information, please visit olympic.edu/student-life/ocab.

Contact Information
Student Government of Olympic College
Bldg. 12 (TEC), Rm. 101
360-475-7290, sgoc@olympic.edu
OC Poulsbo: 360-394-2780
OC Shelton: 360-432-5413

Student Publications

The Ranger, OC’s student-produced news medium, offers students interested in writing, editing, photography, graphic design and advertising the opportunity to hone their skills in online news media. Students work in a collaborative environment with the journalism adviser.

Contact Information
The Ranger Student Newspaper
Bldg. 12 (TEC), Rm. 119