2021-2022 Olympic College Catalog 
    May 26, 2024  
2021-2022 Olympic College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College Resources

Olympic College provides many resources to enhance learning and support student success while at the college. Students can take advantage of these services to help with access to the college, studying, tutoring, career planning, and other educational support.

Access Services for Students with Disabilities

Access Services partners with the Olympic College community to foster a college culture that recognizes disability as a valued aspect of diversity and is dedicated to the inclusion and full participation of students with disabilities in all college programs, services and activities. The office determines eligibility and appropriate academic adjustments. Any student with a permanent or temporary disability, including pregnancy-related medical issues, is encouraged to contact the office of Access Services to discuss accommodations and facilitate individual educational opportunities.

Students wishing to request accommodations for a disability will need to:

  • Complete the Access Services New Student Application
  • Schedule an Access Meeting
  • Submit formal documentation of the disability (documentation guidelines are available on the Access Services webpage or through the office of Access Services)
  • Request services early - at least four weeks prior to need is recommended - for each class and quarter as needed

Services and accommodations are provided on an individually determined basis and may include sign language interpreting, captioning services, alternate media format, test accommodations, note-taking assistance, specialized equipment and assistive technology.

Contact Information
Access Services
Bldg. 4, Rm. 205
Olympic College Poulsbo: 360-475-7540
Olympic College Shelton: 800-259-6718 ext. 7540
360-475-7436 Fax
Access Services for Students with Disabilities

Admissions - Welcome Center

Welcome Center staff are the first point of contact for prospective or new students, while also providing support as needed for continuing students. There is no fee to apply and applications are accepted online, in person, or by mail.

Applicants will receive personalized admissions and program information on funding options and processes, new student advising appointments, placement assessment, transfer credits, and new student orientation. Staff are available to assist with Financial Aid completion and provide information on other funding options. Staff also assist with in person and online registration, course adds, drops, and complete withdrawal as well as late registrations and corrections. 

Admissions staff coordinate and provide outreach support to community groups and events, visit high schools and community fairs, offer enrollment and financial aid sessions, and provide individual or group tours of campus. Campus tours are available upon request. Visit the Welcome Center webpage to sign-up and for more information.

Contact Information
Welcome Center - Admissions
Bldg. 4, Rm. 105
Welcome Center

Advising Services

Advising is an important part of a successful learning experience. This on-going and purposeful process addresses the overall quality of a student’s experience and encompasses areas that impact student success. Academic advising includes a continuum of services which focus on exploring career and life goals, developing an academic plan, and providing support for a student through the completion of their program.

Contact Information

Olympic College Bremerton:
Advising Center
Bldg. 4, Rm. 203

Olympic College Poulsbo: 360-394-2725
Olympic College Shelton: 360-432-5400

Alumni Association

Founded in 2013, the Olympic College Alumni Association’s mission is to develop a sense of community among Olympic College alumni and promote their lifelong personal, educational and professional growth. Joining the Alumni Association is the perfect way to stay in the know about the college, your fellow alumni and our campus community. It’s quick, easy and free to join. Just go to OCAlumni.org and scroll to the bottom of the page to sign up. Members receive our award-winning Lookout E-News.

Did you know that 89 percent of Olympic College alumni stay in Kitsap and Mason counties? That means you’re part of a powerful community right here in your own backyard. Stay connected. Join our special Olympic College alumni group on Facebook and look for our Alumni Association page on LinkedIn.

Contact Information
Alumni Association
Bldg. 5, Rm. 513
Olympic College Alumni Association

Assessment and Testing Services

Assessment and Testing Services administers a variety of tests and assessments to help students and community members meet college, program or employment requirements.

Services offered include:

  • Accuplacer Assessment
  • Olympic College Make-up Testing
  • Olympic College Access Testing
  • Olympic College MESH Department Placement Exams for CHEM& 141  and BIOL& 241  
  • GED® Testing through PearsonVUE
  • Proctoring Services for Outside Institutions
  • Computer-Based Industry Certification Exams through PearsonVUE & Certiport
  • ATI-TEAS Nursing and Allied Health exams
  • CSWA Exam (Certified SolidWorks Certification exam for engineering students)
  • Microsoft IT Academy Program Member

Most tests and assessments require appointments and/or fees to administer. Not all services are available at the Poulsbo and Shelton campuses. Check with the specific campus or check the websites below to find a complete list of services and fees.

Contact Information
Assessment & Testing Services

Olympic College Bremerton:
Bldg. 4, Rm. 222
Testing Center

Olympic College Poulsbo:
Bldg. P1 Room varies

Olympic College Shelton:
Bldg. S3, Rm. 001

Assistive Technology

Olympic College offers assistive technology (also known as adaptive technology) for students with disabilities and provides instruction in a variety of software programs and devices to facilitate access to computing resources.

Assistive Technology course offerings include voice recognition, voice output, screen magnification, and one-handed keyboarding. Courses are published in ctcLink in the quarterly class schedule under “Business Technology,” and tutoring is available.

Contact Information
Assistive Technology
Bldg. 12, Rm. 100
360-475-7510, AccessServices@olympic.edu
Access Services for Students with Disabilities

Basic Food Employment & Training Program

Basic Food Employment & Training Program (BFET)

The primary function of the Olympic College BFET program is to provide grant funding and case management that ensures eligible students reach their employment goals and continue receiving vital services such as Basic Food Assistance and/or Child Care Subsidy.

Students may qualify for the program if they:

  • Are receiving federal food benefits (EBT Card/Food Stamps) from the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and not receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
  • Have an employment goal and intend to go to work after completing training.
  • Pursue an approved Certificate or Associates degree related to their employment goal.
  • General Educational Development (GED), Adult Basic Education (ABE), and English to Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) may also be considered approved programs if necessary to achieve the employment goal.
Contact Information
Basic Food Employment & Training
Bldg. 4, Rm. 206

Basic Studies

Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Education Development (GED) Preparation, and High School+ (HS+)

ABE and GED are non-credit courses and are intended for those who want to develop the reading, writing and math skills needed to pass the GED test or math and English placement scores that indicate a need to review before beginning college-work or training. An orientation session that includes a placement assessment is required before registration. Students under 19-years of age must provide a “High School Release” form.

The HS+ program is a competency-based program that gives students the opportunity to turn knowledge they have acquired through a variety of life experiences into high school credits that move them closer to a diploma, college degree or a new career.

Student Success Coaches assist students in creating a customized educational plan. To receive a diploma, you must demonstrate competencies in reading, writing, math, science, and other applicable subject areas. Students must attend an orientation session and have official high school transcripts reviewed by a Student Success Coach with the Basic Studies department.

Contact Information
Basic Studies
Bldg. 4, Rm. 223
360-475-7550 - Bremerton and Poulsbo campuses
360-432-5435 - Shelton Campus
Basic Studies Department

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Olympic College offers beginning through advanced courses for English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL or ESL). These non-credit courses are intended for non-native English speakers wanting to learn how to read, write, speak and understand English for both personal and employment reasons. An orientation session that includes a placement assessment is required before registration. Students under 19-years of age must provide a “High School Release” form.

Note: People who are in this country on a student (F-1 or M-1) visa are not allowed to participate in publicly (state and federal) funded adult education. People in this country as “nannies” or “au pairs” on a study exchange (J-1) visa are required to participate in college-level academic classes, not in Basic Studies. Instead, these students should contact the International Student Program about Intensive English classes.

Visitors who are in the United States for business and pleasure (B-1, B-2) visa purposes are prohibited from enrolling in a course of study for credit toward a degree or academic certificate in the United States.

Contact Information
Basic Studies
Bldg. 4, Rm. 223
360-475-7278 - Bremerton and Poulsbo campuses
360-432-5449 - Shelton campus
English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Integrated Basic Education & Skills Training (I-BEST)

Providing students with basic skills support in professional-technical and academic classes!

An I-BEST class or program uses a team-teaching approach, providing students with twice the support at no extra cost. With I-BEST, you will work with two teachers in the classroom. One teacher will provide job training or teach an academic transfer class like welding or sociology. The other will teach basic skills in reading, writing, math, English language, or employability (it’s like having a tutor available right there, while you are in class). You will learn several topics at once, earn college credits and move faster toward your career and/or education goals.

I-BEST challenges the traditional notion that students must move through a set of pre-college courses before they can start working on certificates or degrees. This combined teaching method allows students to work on college-level studies right away, clearing multiple levels with one leap.

You must register for an approved I-BEST class / program and complete the skills assessment.

I-BEST Programs Currently Include:

  • Business Management
  • Computer Information Systems (CIS)
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Electronics
  • Human Services & Chemical Dependency
  • Nursing Assistant Program
  • Welding Technology

Contact Information
Basic Studies
Bldg. 4, Rm. 223
360-475-7550 - Bremerton and Poulsbo
360-432-5435 - Shelton
Integrated Basic Education & Skills Training (I-BEST)


The Olympic College Bookstore offers course materials including books, supplies, uniforms, college sportswear, calculators, flash drives and laptop computers. The bookstore provides a convenience store with a variety of healthy and decadent snacks to satisfy your hunger or thirst. Textbooks for all Olympic College courses may be purchased at the main store located in the Bldg. 10. Textbooks for Poulsbo and Shelton campus courses may be purchased through the online Olympic College Bookstore. The web store also offers clothing, technology and basic required supplies. Concerned about textbook prices? The Olympic College Bookstore offers many book choices including rentals and will match book prices with Amazon.com (certain restrictions apply, see website for details).

Contact Information
Olympic College Bookstore
Bldg. 10
Olympic College Bookstore

Campus Security

The Olympic College Campus Security office is located in the Bldg. 4, in Rm. 101 at the Olympic College Bremerton Campus. Security, Dispatch, Parking, and other related duties are run out of this office.

Campus Security Officers availability:
Bremerton Campus: 24 hours / 7 days a week
Poulsbo and Shelton campuses: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Students can call Campus Security by dialing 360-475-7800 for all campuses or by using one of the emergency call boxes at any time. If the office is closed, an on-duty Officer will answer the call.

The Campus Security Dispatch Office hours are generally, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. (closed on holidays).

The Campus Security office can provide numerous services to enhance the safety and welfare of persons and property within the college community, such as:

  • Personal safety advice and seminars.
  • Safety escort service between campus buildings and parking lots.
  • Lost and found.
  • Victim assistance referral.
  • Processing “unsafe condition” referrals.
  • Accident/Injury and crime reporting.

Campus Emergency Messages

Campus Security personnel will not provide personal information about students to unverified individuals due to privacy concerns. Therefore, emergency messages to students on campus may be referred to local law enforcement. Please make sure that you provide your family and friends with a way to contact you while on campus.


New students and staff are automatically enrolled in the campus emergency alert system which is used during campus emergencies or change of campus operations. To logon, adjust account settings, or opt-out, visit the Campus Alerts webpage.

In the event of a campus closure, a notification will be sent to all students, faculty and staff by 5:30 a.m., with an update by 3 p.m. Additionally, messages will be posted to the campus website, Twitter, Facebook, and local media outlets.

Parking Lots

Parking spaces are designated with painted white, parallel stripes for side/side parking, or painted white hash marks for end/end parking. Parking in a space without such markings will subject you to a possible parking violation. All finalized fines shall be paid at the Cashier’s Office. Please review the Olympic College Parking Policy

Olympic College Bremerton
There are nine student parking lots at the Bremerton Campus known as General parking lots. General parking is shared between students, some employees, and community visitors:

  • Lot 2 lot between 16th and 18th Street along Chester Avenue and Broadway Avenue.
  • Lot 3 between 16th and 18th Street along Broadway Avenue and Warren Avenue.
  • Lot 5 lot between 16th and 13th Street, along Broadway Avenue and Warren Avenue.
  • Lot 7 lot at the northwest corner of 13th Street and Broadway Avenue.
  • Lot 9 lot along 11th Street between Ohio Avenue and Lincoln Avenue.
  • Lot 14 lot on 17th Street between Warren Avenue and Elizabeth Avenue.
  • Lot 15 on Elizabeth Avenue between 17th and 16th Street.
  • Lot 16 on the corner of Warren Avenue and 17th Street.

Please refer to the campus map for additional information.

Visitor, Disability, and Carpool spaces are reserved.

Open Parking

There is open parking in student and staff lots after 4 p.m. until 6 a.m. year round and on weekends. Permits are required for all student and employee parking lots at Olympic College.

Passenger Drop off/Pickup Area

This area is located in the loop off of 16th Street near the flag pavilion. This area is provided to safely drop off or pick up passengers and is limited to 10 minute time period. Vehicles cannot be left unattended in this area at any time as it is also an Emergency Vehicle Access Lane.

Poulsbo & Shelton Campuses

Student parking lots are available at Poulsbo and Olympic College Shelton campuses. Permits are required and please follow all the rules.

Parking Permits

Student Parking Permits ($20 Required)

All permits must be properly displayed.

Bremerton Campus: parking passes can be obtained at the Campus Security office in Bldg. 4, Rm. 101.

Shelton and Poulsbo Campuses: parking passes can be obtained at the Student Services office for each respective campus.

For additional information, visit the Campus Security website.

The following documentation is required to obtain a student parking permit:

Picture ID:

  • Olympic College Student ID with current sticker for this quarter
  • State or Military ID

Vehicle Registration:

  • Out-of-state vehicles may not have been issued a registration, bring out-of-state vehicle documentation as a substitution.
  • Temporary License plates for newly purchased vehicles will get temporary parking credentials until the permanent plates arrive. Temporary student parking permits can be obtained at the Campus Security Office.

Proof of Security Enhancement Fees paid:

  • Copy of current class schedule that shows current quarter, name, student ID number, and balance due.
  • Receipt of tuition payment from the Cashier’s Office.

Visitor Permits

Bremerton Campus visitors permits can be obtained at the Campus Security Office in the Bldg. 4, Rm. 101. Visitors can obtain a visitor pass in the Student Services office at the Poulsbo Campus and at the main office at Shelton Campus. Registered students are NOT permitted to park in visitor parking spaces.

Disabled and Carpool Spaces

Disability and carpool spaces are appropriately labeled and available in most lots. Parking in these spaces requires appropriate permits.

Disability license plates, placards or passes must be displayed and fully visible to park in disability parking spaces. Carpool parking requires a Kitsap Transit Permit, which can be applied for online at the Kitsap Transit Smart Commuter webpage.

Safety Reporting

Annual Security Report

The Olympic College annual security report is published in accordance with the Clery Act by Oct. 1 each year and distributed to the community. The report includes campus crime statistics, resources, and information about safety on campus. The report is available online or by request. A 60-day crime and fire log is also available at the Campus Security Reports webpage

OC Report It

This may be used to report any behaviors of concern involving Olympic College students or employees (behaviors may occur in or out of the classroom) or other hazards present on campus. Please note, anonymously submitted forms may limit the ability to respond fully. This form is available in the footer of the Olympic College website.

Contact Information
Campus Security
Bldg. 4, Rm. 101
Campus Security

Career Center

Career Services

Career Services provides a wide range of career and employment planning services that assist students in developing self-directed job search skills. Services include: career advising, resume and cover letter writing, practice interviewing, career development workshops, labor market information, computer lab and a variety of career resources.

The Career Center also offers both on- and off-campus student employment, work-study, internship and community volunteer/service learning listings through an online job board - RangerJobs. Current Olympic College students and alumni must register with the Career Center to access the system.

Cooperative Education, Internships, and Community Volunteer Service

Applied learning strategies use a community or on-campus site to provide students with supervised learning experiences that relate to their educational and career objectives. Students may earn college credit for these work, service or research experiences by setting and attaining specific learning objectives.

Regular Student Employment

Students enrolled for a least five credits in an Olympic College program are eligible for on-campus Regular Student Employment. This type of employment referral is not associated with a financial aid award.


Federal or State Work-Study employment is a work program coordinated through the Career Center. Students must be enrolled for at least six credits and meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to participate. Work-Study eligibility must be verified with the Financial Aid Office prior to contacting the Career Center for an employment referral.

Contact Information
Career Center
Olympic College Bremerton | Poulsbo | Shelton
Bldg. 4, Rm. 201
Career Center

Career & Technical Education: Dual Credit - West Sound Education Consortium

The West Sound Education Consortium is a partnership between area school districts and Olympic College. The program offers high school students the opportunity to earn college and high school credits simultaneously, while remaining on the high school campus. These Career & Technical Education classes are a valuable learning experience and can also serve as the first step in a professional-technical training program. In order to receive the college credits, students must earn a “B” or better in the high school course. Education partners include Olympic College, Quillayute Valley, Kitsap, Mason, Jefferson, Clallam, and Pierce county school districts as well as the West Sound Technical Skills Center. 

Contact Information
Career & Technical Education Dual Credit
Bldg. 5, Rm. ­­­­404

Career & Technical Education: Teacher Preparation Program

In Washington state, those who wish to teach Career and Technical Education in middle or high schools are required to hold a Career & Technical Education Teacher Certificate/ Endorsement.

Olympic College is one of seven Washington state providers approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) for the Plan II Business/ Industry Route for Career & Technical Education  Certification. Our program is based on the requirements in the Washington Administrative Code WAC 181-77-041.

Contact Information
Career & Technical EducationTeacher Preparation Program
Bldg. 5, Rm. 421
Career & Technical Deucation: Teacher Preparation Program 

College Success

College Success courses enhance student achievement and success by offering curriculum related to self-assessment and learning skills that improve persistence, confidence, and academic strengths.

Student Success and First Year Experience Courses:

  • College Success 110 College Success
  • College Success 121 Success for Student Cohorts (i.e. Athletes, Welders, etc.)
  • College Success 131 Student Success Skills
  • College Success 133 Running Start and Beyond
  • College Success 141 Career and Transfer Planning

For information about these and other courses visit: olympic.edu/programs-classes/general-studies-courses

Contact Information
College Success

Community Education - Flagging and Forklift Certification

Community Education offers Flagging and Forklift certification courses.

Contact Information
Community Education
Olympic College Community Education

Counseling Services

Counseling Services provides short-term mental health counseling to Olympic College students. Counseling Services is staffed by professional counselors who are licensed by the state of Washington. Counselors are dedicated to promoting the emotional well-being of students by recognizing individuality, diversity, and the person’s inherent ability to manage everyday challenges and achieve life goals.

Confidential services are free to students and include personal counseling, career counseling, crisis intervention, academic advising, as well as workshops and consultation to faculty and staff. Counselors also manage the High School Completion program. Counselors have their own approaches depending on the needs of each student.

Topics discussed can include:

  • Self-care, self-compassion, self-advocacy;
  • Stress management, emotional regulation, well-being;
  • Career exploration, academic planning, decision-making;
  • Perspective-taking, test-taking, values-guided actions;
  • Self-harm, harmed by others, and outside referral.


Career Exploration/Undecided Majors

John Babbo jbabbo@olympic.edu
Anthony Carson acarson@olympic.edu
Trish Christean tchristean@olympic.edu
Erin Hayden ehayden@olympic.edu

Contact Information
Counseling Services
Bldg. 4, Rm. 205

Food Service

OlympiCafe and Fireside Bistro

The OlympiCafe serves cafeteria-style breakfast and lunch throughout the academic quarter from an excellent selection of reasonably priced menu items. The OlympiCafe features freshly prepared salads made to order, a panini sandwich of the day, a carved entree, grill, soft drinks, desserts, snacks and espresso as well as a choice of selected entrees for lunch each day. The entrees and center island selections are prepared and served by students in the award-winning Culinary Arts program.

The Fireside Bistro is located in the Bremer Student Center. The restaurant is staffed by Olympic College Culinary Art students. Friday service features a four-course luncheon highlighting the regional culture being studied by students in the International Cuisine class.

Contact Information

OlympiCafe, Espresso, Fireside Bistro
Bldg. 10, 360-475-7577


For more than 25 years, the Olympic College Foundation has been transforming lives by partnering with the community to support Olympic College and its students.

Here are a few examples: Josh went from being homeless to being on the path to a great-paying and fulfilling career as a welder with the help of scholarships and emergency funding from the Foundation. Shanika, who needed a better job to help support her two children and disabled partner, said she wouldn’t have been able to finish her nursing degree without help from the Foundation. And Joe used Foundation scholarships to help him transition from addict to drug abuse counselor. Here are some of the ways we make a difference:

  • Award more than $300,000 a year in scholarships: For many students, those dollars are the difference between staying in school or dropping out.
  • Provide textbooks, supplies and emergency assistance to students in need: When students have to choose between buying textbooks or paying the electric bill, the Foundation and our generous donors can help through the Students in Need Group, providing everything from specialized supplies and gas cards to a textbook lending library.
  • Fund specialized equipment, such as high-tech medical mannequins for the nursing program: Thanks to donor and grant support, the Foundation has been able to provide a realistic hospital simulation suite and lifelike mannequins that bleed, gasp for breath and cry out in pain. The set-up allows students to train and learn from mistakes before working with human patients.
  • Support faculty: Foundation donors underwrite faculty professional development and innovation through Funds for Excellence and the Jim and Audrey Robinson Teaching & Learning Innovation Grants.

Thanks to our donors, we help students make their educational dreams come true. We transform lives.

Contact Information
Olympic College Foundation
Bldg. 5, Rm. 513

Information Technology

Olympic College’s Information Technology department (Olympic College-IT) is the central IT organization for the college, delivering essential technology services and support for all campuses. -IT offers a wide range of services to the Olympic College community including face-to-face or over-the phone-support via the Olympic College-IT Help Desk, student access to Olympic College email, file storage, printing, Olympic College licensed software and wireless Internet. A customer service representative (Lab Tech) is available to help students with their basic access to technology in the open labs for each campus.

If you are a current student, please visit our IT Support page for more information and benefits that come with your Olympic College account at:
Olympic College IT Support webpage

We also offer a quarterly laptop checkout for students, please contact us for more details

Contact Information
Open Computer Labs

Bremerton Campus: Bldg. 8, Rm. 122; and Bldg. 6, Rm. 127 and Rm. 128
Shelton Campus: S4 (PA)
Poulsbo Campus: P1 (OCP), Rm. 106

Visit the Computer Labs webpage for lab locations and open hours. 

See the Student Computing Guide for information about student accounts, email and more. 

Contact Information
Olympic College-IT Help Desk
Bldg. 5, Rm. 216

International Education and Study Abroad

The Office of International Education & Study Abroad assists prospective and current international students by providing comprehensive information and support, as well as resources for current students to pursue study abroad opportunities around the world.

The Office of International Education & Study Abroad provides:

  • International student recruitment and admissions
  • Issuance of Form I-20 and immigration support letters
  • Homestay housing placement and references for apartment living
  • Helpful information about student visas, SEVIS regulations/immigration and F-1 visa interviews
  • Airport pick-up upon request
  • International Student Orientation
  • Information sessions and seminars on university transfer, OPT, professional development, scholarships, filing taxes, and more
  • International Club activities and events
  • Social and cultural events, including an annual Global Night, language sharing presentations, and cooking classes
  • Information about on-campus employment and assistance with applying for the US Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Quarterly academic progress follow up
  • Information on college-level Intensive English study, High School Completion Program, professional/technical programs and university transfer 2 + 2 options
  • Short-term study abroad opportunities
  • Faculty-led study abroad options

See “International Student Admission ” for a complete description of the admissions process.

Contact Information
Office of International Education & Study Abroad,
Bldg. 10, Rm. 117
360-475-7412, international@olympic.edu
Olympic College International Education & Study Abroad

Olympic College Libraries

Haselwood Library, Bremerton

The Haselwood Library offers students and the community the opportunity to study, conduct research, and learn outside the classroom. An integral part of the college experience, the library offers a wide variety of resources, including an open computer lab, laptops, group study rooms, and quiet places for study and reflection. Resources include more than 86,000 books and e-books, 1,700 videos, and 1,000 sound recordings. In addition, thousands of periodicals and reference works are available electronically, on and off campus, through a variety of subscription databases. Students seeking materials not available at Olympic College Libraries may use our free Interlibrary loan service which borrows from an international library consortium.

Library faculty at Olympic College assist students in all phases of the research process: developing search strategies, searching for information, evaluating information, and in using information ethically, legally and responsibly. They also provide learning opportunities through a variety of approaches, including course-related and course-integrated instruction, hands-on active learning, credit courses, tutorials, pathfinders, and point-of-use assistance. Library faculty are available in person for consultation during all hours of operation. Research assistance is available 24/7/365 via chat and email. For information, contact:

Contact Information
Bldg. 6, Bremerton Campus
Olympic College Libraries

The Johnson Library, Shelton Campus

A library technician is available to assist students with their research needs during select weekday hours. The Johnson Library also offers a circulating collection of books, computers for access to electronic resources, and an area for quiet study.

Contact Information
The Johnson Library
Bldg. S2, Shelton Campus
Olympic College Libraries

Poulsbo Library/Computer Lab

The Poulsbo Library shares space with the open computer lab and also offers a circulating collection of books. A library technician is available to assist students with their research needs during select weekday hours. Computer lab technicians are also available to assist with technology needs.

Contact Information
Poulsbo Campus Library/Computer Lab
Bldg. P1 (OCP), Poulsbo Campus
Olympic College Libraries

Mathematics, Engineering, Science & Achievement Program

The Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) Program at Olympic College is part of a nationally recognized academic support program that seeks to increase diversity in student populations to meet current, future, and global workforce demands in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Specifically, the goal of MESA is to increase the number of historically underrepresented students who are prepared to transfer to 4-year colleges or universities in pursuit of STEM related degrees, and ultimately careers.   

It’s free to join, and accepted applicants have access to: 

  • A dedicated Study Center 
  • Academic support 
  • Academic path advising and planning tailored for university transfer in STEM degrees 
  • Textbooks, calculators, and access codes through the MESA Lending Library 
  • Scholarship opportunities 
  • Networking opportunities through workshops that allow you to get to know professionals in your future job field 
  • Academic Excellence Workshops 
  • Access to tutoring services 
  • On-Site MESA Director 
  • Career and professional development - Build that resume and stand out! 
  • Leadership opportunities, university visits, internships, FREE tickets to scientific conferences, meet industry mentors, research opportunities, etc. 

To find out more, visit the Olympic College MESA Program website. 

Contact Information 
Sarah Robertson - Director 
MESA Program
Science and Technology Bldg. 8, Rm. 108

Military & Veteran Programs

Military & Veteran Programs (MVP) is collection of resources for accessing information and support related Veteran Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) education benefits as well as other support services at Olympic College. As home of the Olympic College Student Veterans of America Chapter, Peer Advisors for Veteran Education, Mentorship for veterans, and a SALUTE Honors Society Chapter, MVP offers a wide number of student life programs. 

Some or all services may be offered virtually. 

MVP Support Center

The MVP Support Center is located on Bremerton Campus in Bldg. 11, Rm. 100. Students can access support in all aspects of their education at Olympic College, fellowship and Veteran related activities, a calm environment to study or take a break, a computer lab, TV, and lounge.  

Military-Affiliated students volunteer to staff the center and offer information related to student support services at Olympic College, assist with funding applications, and make referrals to local community, financial, and benefits resources. 

MVP’s student life programs Student Veterans of America Chapter, Peer Advisors for Veteran Education, and SALUTE are hosted from the Support Center, for more information contact tsimons@olympic.edu.  

MVP Benefits Office

The MVP Benefits Office can help students apply for, plan, and maintain their VA and DoD Education benefits. By contacting the MVP Benefits Office students can access information and support related to: 

VA Education Benefits 

  • Ch33 Post 9/11 GI Bill® 

  • Ch31 Veterans Readiness & Employment 

  • Ch 30 Montgomery GI Bill®/Ch30-1606 MGIB -Selective Reserves 

  • Ch35 Dependents Education Assistance 

DoD Education Benefits  

  • Active-Duty Tuition Assistance from all branches of service 

  • Military One-Sources My Career Advancement Account program for spouses of Active-Duty members 

Federal and State Benefits 

  • Veteran’s Choice Act for in-state tuition rates 

  • Veteran Tuition Discounts 

  • 100% WA State Tuition waiver for Dependents of Veterans 

Students using VA Education benefits are encouraged to review information from the VA about their benefits found at U.S. Veteran Affairs Education and Training webpage. Contact a School Certifying Official for any clarification of VA education benefits or information about VA funding related to available programs of study. Olympic College’s current School Certifying Officials: 

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), this school adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11G. I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Veterans Readiness and Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA. This school will not: 

  • Prevent the student’s enrollment. 

  • Assess a late penalty fee to. 

  • Require student secure alternative or additional funding. 

  • Deny their access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution. 

  • Olympic College may still require additional payment or impose a fee for the amount that is the difference between the amount of the student’s financial obligation and the amount of the VA education benefit disbursement. 

To utilize VA Education Benefits at Olympic College, students are required to: 

  • Produce a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or Benefits Summary Screenshot by the first day of class or complete a COE Waiver. 

  • Provide a request to be certified every term: written, verbal, or digital. 

  • Complete an Official Transcript Evaluation of all transcripts from previous institutions and military schools, by the end of their 3rd quarter of attendance, if applicable. 

  • Provide a signed student agreement to the MVP Benefits Office. 

  • (Chapter 35 DEA students only) Provide a signed Application for the WA State 100% Tuition Waiver. 

  • For those pursuing Ch. 31 Veterans Readiness & Employment benefits, contact your VRE Counselor or the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Satellite Office, 500 Pacific Ave., Suite 602A Bremerton, WA 98337, 206-341-8600  

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the U.S. Veteran Affairs GI Bill webpage. 

Contact Information
Military & Veteran Programs
Bldg. 11, Rm. 100
MVP@olympic.edu 360-473-2821
Military & Veteran Programs

Virtual Assistance
Zoom Link: Student Services Virtual Lobby
Zoom by phone: 253-215-8782 Enter Meeting ID: 693 824 642

Opportunity Grant

The Opportunity Grant is a state funded grant offering financial assistance. Eligible students pursuing approved technical degrees may receive funds to cover tuition and mandatory fees up to 45 credits and up to $1,000 per academic year for books and supplies. The goal is to help low-income adults reach their educational goals. This program has a waitlist of approximately 3 - 6 months, serving Bremerton, Shelton and Poulsbo campuses.

Contact Information
Opportunity Grant
Bldg. 4, Rm. 207
360-475-6817 or 360-475-7325
Opportunity Grant 

Passport to Careers Program

Scholarship and incentive dollars for former foster and homeless youth

Passport to Careers Program provides support to former foster care and homeless youth while in higher education. The program provides financial assistance beyond other state, federal, private, and institutional financial aid for which they are eligible. Support staff help students overcome barriers towards their educational success through supportive listening, tangible resources and advocacy.

Student Eligibility Criteria:

  • Have been in Washington state, Federal, or tribal foster care after age 13.
  • Enroll at least half-time college by their 22nd birthday.
  • Maintain Washington residency.
  • Not older than 27 years of age.
  • Homeless youth will need a McKinney Vento letter from their high school.

Contact us for additional information on eligibility requirements and more.

Contact Information
Students in Need Group
Bldg. 4, Rm.
207 360-475-6817
Passport Program for Foster Youth

Registration & Records

The staff members of Registration provide a variety of registration and records services to students, including:

  • Credential evaluation for transfer credit
  • Quarterly registration appointments
  • ctcLink online information
  • Transcripts
  • Graduation evaluations and Degree Audit
  • Commencement ceremonies
  • Student records

The Registrar and office staff are responsible for coordinating registration policies including: grading, honors designations, general academic progress, grade forgiveness, and recording credit awarded by vertical challenge, credit by examination, Tech Prep, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, CLEP and DANTES SST credit, and Armed Forces. Certification of high school completion, certificates, and degrees are the purview of this office. Registration offices are maintained at Bremerton, Poulsbo, and Shelton campses.

Contact Information
Registration & Records
Bldg. 4, Rm. 105
Registration & Records

Running Start

Running Start provides information to high school students, graduates, families, and high school counselors regarding educational and dual enrollment opportunities at Olympic College.

Running Start services include:

  • Distribution of college publications and materials.
  • Communicating admission process and academic information.
  • Hosting quarterly high school counselor workshops and trainings.
  • Presenting at college and high school Running Start information sessions.
  • Reviewing and supplying application and admission materials.
  • Orienting students to Running Start and the college.
  • Conducting quarterly registration advising and educational planning.
  • Evaluating prerequisites.
  • Providing transfer planning and transfer information.
  • Processing enrollment services including: registration and course schedule changes.
  • Applying Running Start Tuition and Fee Waiver.
  • Lending Running Start Textbook Library resources.
  • Referring students to faculty advisors.

Running Start application materials for admission, the Running Start Tuition & Fee Waiver, Running Start Enrollment Verification Form, and the Textbook Loan Application are available on the Running Start website and in the Running Start Office.

Contact Information
Running Start
Bldg. 4, Rm. 208
Running Start Website
Running Start Virtual Office

Sophia Bremer Early Learning Academy

The Sophia Bremer Early Learning Academy, in partnering with Head Start and Early Head Start offers high-quality early learning experiences for children 6-weeks of age through 5-years of age. Our priority of enrollment is:

  1. Olympic College students
  2. Olympic College staff and faculty
  3. Community members

We are open 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Many student families qualify for childcare assistance from the Washington Department of Social and Health Services’ Working Connections Child Care subsidy program to pay for childcare.  

At the childcare center, children are cared for and are assigned to a highly trained, primary caregiver. Parents and caregivers work together to develop age-appropriate curriculum for children that can be implemented both at home and at school. Families are supported with referral to a broad array of services including nutrition, dental, health, mental health, and housing assistance.   

All programs focus on the child’s developmental domains, social skills, cultural pride, a sense of belonging, kindergarten readiness, respect for others and self-confidence. Our program helps to create time and opportunities for families to obtain job skills, parent, and continuing education.   

The center also serves as a lab school for Olympic College Early Childhood Education and the Western Washington University Early Childhood Education programs.  

Contact Information
Sophia Bremer Child Development Center
Bldg. 2
1709 Chester Ave.
Bremerton, WA 98337
Sophia Bremer Early Learning Academy

Students in Need Group
Advocacy and Resource Center

The Students in Need Group (SING) provides information and referral services to help students at all three campuses overcome barriers to their educational success, such as financial hardships, cost of textbooks, hunger, and emergency problems. This program finds help for students by working in conjunction with programs, such as the Foundation and the Student Government of Olympic College Sheryl McKinley Food bank, and community agencies.

Contact Information
Students in Need Group
Bldg. 4, Rm. 207
Students in Need Group Advocacy & Resource Center

Tutorial Services

Tutorial Services provides help to currently enrolled students who need assistance beyond the classroom. A consortium of faculty and staff coordinates the program. Tutoring is provided in a variety of settings for most disciplines of study and takes place in study centers, drop-in study groups and/or one-to-one. Tutoring is a free service available to all currently enrolled students.

Study center/study groups operate on a drop-in or appointment basis. Information about available groups can be found at the tutorial services office. For information about the Writing Center or to make an appointment with a writing tutor contact the Writing Center directly.

Tutorial Services also provides training and employment opportunities as tutors for students who have demonstrated content mastery in the following subject areas:

  • Accounting and Business Math
  • Adaptive Technology Computer
  • American Sign Language
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Information Systems and Computer Programming
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Terminology
  • Office Technology
  • Physics
  • The Writing Center (for writing in any course, as well as personal writing)
  • World Languages

Please check the Tutorial Services web page for hours and room locations for each study group, lab and center. Additional study groups are also listed on the Tutorial Services web page.

Online tutoring assistance is also available through the Western e-Tutoring Consortium. To access eTutoring, use the “eTutoring” link from the Course Navigation menu of any Canvas class. This link will take you directly to your eTutoring account. Online tutoring includes live Zoom-based tutoring, a Writing Drop-box to upload papers 24/7, the option of emailing tutors and a list of online resources currated by trained tutors.

Contact Information
Tutorial Services
Bldg. 8, Rm. 125A
Tutoring Services

Workforce Development & Basic Studies

The Workforce Development & Basic Studies (WFD&BS) division at Olympic College is committed to providing access and opportunity to students participating in OC’s high quality Professional-Technical and Basic Education programs. WFD&BS funding programs can provide assistance for tuition, books, supplies and other support services to eligible students. Our goal is to strengthen our community by linking education and employment to create a skilled 21st century workforce through these services:

  • Adult Education
  • Continuing Education and Corporate Training
  • HS+ Diploma and GED® Preparation
  • English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET)
  • Career Service Center
  • Cooperative Education
  • Career & Technical Education (CTE) Dual Credit for high school students
  • Career & Technical Education (CTE) Teacher Certification
  • WorkFirst
  • Worker Retraining

Contact Information
Workforce Development
Bldg. 5 (CSC), Rm. 421
Workforce Development & Basic Studies


The WorkFirst program provides financial assistance to qualified parents on public assistance through the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Program. The program provides financial aid for any of the Professional-Technical Programs aimed at skill enhancement and wage progression, Basic Studies (Adult Basic Education, GED, High School+, ESOL) classes, Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST), Student Success classes, and Continuing Education classes such as Success to Career Pathways, Computers and Flagger Training, and WorkFirst Work-Study opportunities are other potential options.

WorkFirst participants who are currently on TANF may be eligible for the following services:

  • Financial assistance for tuition, fees, and books for professional-technical programs and basic skills training
  • Referral to Working Connections Childcare for childcare while in class or studying
  • Payment of Accuplacer testing fees, certificate fees, and graduation fees

Please refer to Olympic College Professional-Technical Programs. See “Degrees and Certificates” section in this catalog. New and updated programs are added throughout the year.

Contact Information
WorkFirst - Kitsap
Bremerton Campus, Bldg. 4, Rm. 204C
360 475-7166

WorkFirst - Mason
Shelton Campus, Bldg. S1, Rm. 117

WorkFirst Transition Coordinator

Shelton Campus (Mason County): 360-475-5400
Bremerton Campus (Kitsap County): Pauline Carlton, pcarlton@olympic.edu, 360-475-7846
Olympic College WorkFirst Program

Worker Retraining

Worker Retraining funding may be able to pay for tuition, books, supplies, transportation, childcare, and more for eligible students. Students must be enrolled in a professional-technical program and meet one of the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Qualified for or collected Washington State Unemployment Insurance (UI Benefits) in the last 48 months
  • Received a Lay-Off notice
  • Discharged Veteran within the last 48 months
  • Active-duty military who has received an official separation notice
  • Currently working but in need of upgraded skills or certification in order to keep your job
  • Displaced homemaker- Dependent on another person’s income and now that income is gone. 
  • Self-employed and now un-employed
  • Disaster-impacted worker

Qualified students may receive initial assistance which can be applied to one of more than 20 professional-technical programs or to customized job skills training. Worker Retraining students may also be allowed to collect unemployment benefits while attending Olympic College professional-technical degree or certificate programs if approved by the Employment Security Department.

Contact Information
Worker Retraining Transition Coordinator

Mason County: 360-475-5400
Kitsap County: Ellen Handyside, ehandyside@olympic.edu, 360-475-7231
Olympic College Worker Retraining Program