Olympic College is a public two-year post-secondary community college that educates approximately 12,000 students per year. It caters primarily to the people of Kitsap and Mason counties in the state of Washington. Olympic College was established in 1946 with a total of 545 students and was known as the Olympic Junior College. The main building of the college (formerly known as the Lincoln School) was located in Bremerton. The initial classes of the Olympic College were held at Lincoln School, Bremerton High School, and several other buildings vacated by the military personnel on Chester Avenue. In 1951, the Board of Trustees renamed the college as the Olympic College. Since then, several buildings such as the Science Building, Olympic College Theater, Art, Technical, Music, and the English-Social Science buildings were constructed.
Olympic College has two additional campuses located in Kitsap and Mason counties. The Olympic College at Poulsbo is a 20-acre campus in North Kitsap County and the Olympic College at Shelton is another 27-acre campus located in the Mason County. The main campus of the Olympic College is located in Bremerton, on a 33-acre campus overlooking the Olympic Mountains and Mount Rainier.
The Olympic College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
The academic programs offered at the Olympic College include the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, associate degrees, professional and technical certificate programs, and high school completion programs. The BSN degree is intended for Registered Nurses and enrolled students have the option of completing the program in one, two, or three years. The Olympic College offers several transfer associate degrees aimed at students who want to transfer to a four-year college or university. The Associate in Arts (AA) Direct Transfer degree is offered in general education, elementary education, and pre-nursing. The Associate of Science (AS) Direct Transfer degree is offered in various areas such as Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geology, Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, and Atmospheric Sciences. The Olympic College also offers the Associate in Applied Science – DTA, Associate in Applied Science, and Associate in Technical Arts degrees in various areas.
In addition to the associate degrees, the Olympic College offers several professional and technical certifications in areas such as Construction Management, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Fire Service, Medical Assisting, and Welding.
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Olympic College has an open-door admissions policy and accepts any candidate who is competent to benefit from a college education. To be eligible for admission to the Olympic College, students should be at least 18 years of age or should have completed high school or GED graduation or should be able to provide a written release from the high school district. Students are required to complete and submit the admission form. If students have attended other colleges or universities, official transcripts are not required for admission unless it is a specific prerequisite for certain degree or certificate programs. Admission for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is competitive and candidates must meet the application and entrance requirements. Students are required to complete the Olympic College’s placement assessment test (Accuplacer Test) if they want to seek admission in English and mathematics courses or courses that require English and mathematics prerequisites.
Olympic College participates in a variety of financial aid programs to help students meet their educational expenses. The different forms of financial aids available to students include grants, scholarships, loans and alternate payment options. To apply for financial aid from the Olympic College, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. Olympic College recommends a priority deadline of March 1 to apply for financial aid.
Different types of grants available to Olympic College students include the federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant, Olympic College Grant, and Washington State Need Grant. Students can also apply for the need-based Tuition-Waivers. Students can avail various loan options such as Federal Direct (Subsidized and Unsubsidized) loans, Federal Direct Parent loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) loans and private loans. Different student employment options include on-campus employment – regular and work-study and off-campus employment – community service, state work-study, and other regular part-time jobs. Additional financial aid programs available to the Olympic College students include Opportunity Grant, Students in Need Group, WorkFirst, and Worker Retraining.
Various scholarships available for the students of the Olympic College include the Charles Gale Masonic Memorial Scholarship, Bremerton Pilot Association scholarship, Washington Society of Certified Public Accountant Foundation scholarships, and Emerald City BPW Foundation scholarship.
Olympic College encourages students to get involved in extracurricular activities to ensure an all-round development. The Career Center provides valuable career and employment guidance to the students. The Tutorial Services present on the campus are designed to help students who need further assistance beyond the classrooms. The Writing Center is another online tutoring facility available for the students.
The Associated Students of Olympic College (ASOC) is a student body which represents the interests of the students on various committees in the college. Students in the ASOC are free to share ideas, voice concerns, and can start their own clubs.
For music enthusiasts, the Olympic College offers a high quality Vocal and Instrumental Music program. The Olympic College Recreation Department offers gym facilities with a variety of games such as basketball, table tennis, and volleyball. It also plans off-campus trips such as skiing, whitewater rafting, and hiking. Olympic College students publish their own newspaper, The Olympian, every two weeks. There are numerous student clubs such as Campus Crusade for Christ, Clay club, Photography Club, Rhythm City, and Welding Club.
Olympic College does not have residential housing on campus but provides assistance to students in searching for off-campus housing. Dining facilities are available for students at OlympiCafe and Fireside Bistro. The OlympiCafe serves breakfast and lunch and offers freshly prepared salads, sandwiches, grill, soft drinks, desserts, and snacks. The Fireside Bistro offers gourmet salads, flambe desserts, and carved roasts.
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Olympic College is a member of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC). The intercollegiate sports teams include men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, distance track and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, volleyball, distance track. Olympic College’s athletic teams are known as the Rangers.
Olympic College. Office of Student Financial Aid. Web. 30 July 2011.