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BIENNIAL COMMUNITY REPORT 2015-2017
OLYMPIC COLLEGE TRANSFORMING LIVES
01 COMMUNIT Y REPORT
Two years ago, Josh was homeless. Today, he’s on track to graduate from the Olympic College welding program in summer 2018 and pursue a career in a field he loves.
That’s an amazing transformation and it’s why Josh is OC’s 2018 nominee for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Transforming Lives Award.
It hasn’t been easy. “I have good days and bad days, but what keeps me going is that I have a community of people who believe in me,” he said.
Supporters include his caseworker at Coffee Oasis, who helped him find housing and direction, and the OC Foundation and Students in Need Group, which provided a scholarship, school supplies and welding safety equipment.
The result is extraordinary – a student who barely graduated from high school started to believe in himself and to excel.
“The difference between high school and community college is that this program is something I’m passionate about,” he said.
His advice to others considering enrolling at OC?
“Believe in yourself and know there are people there for you and you can succeed,” he said. “Be willing to ask for help. See what’s out there. I did and it changed my life.”
TRANSFORMING LIVES
TRANSFORMING LIVES » 2015-2017 02
TRANSFORMING LIVES LETTER FROM PRESIDENT MITCHELL BREMER TRUST / SHELTON WELDING CENTER SONS OF NORWAY YAMA PROJECT VETERANS SUPPORT CENTER NEW BACCALAUREATE DEGREES COLLEGE INSTRUCTION CENTER FACTS & FIGURES STUDENT PROFILE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF OC STRATEGIC GOALS & PRIORITIES OC FOUNDATION REVENUE, SUPPORT & UPDATES SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS DONORS
TABLE OF CONTENTS 02 04 05 06 07 07 08 09 11 12 13 15 17 19 21
03 COMMUNIT Y REPORT
Dear Olympic College Community,
One of the best things about being president of Olympic College is the strong connection between the college and all of you. Almost everybody in Kitsap and Mason counties has attended OC or knows someone who has. And employers throughout our region count on OC alumni to make their businesses successful.
It’s no wonder there’s a strong culture of support for OC. A 2016 report showed that the college poured $412 million into the economies of Kitsap and Mason counties in 2014-15, equal to 3.3 percent of the Gross Regional Product. And students get an incredible return on their educational investment – $3.10 in increased earnings for every dollar spent.
New facilities on the Bremerton and Shelton campuses promise to make our community connection even stronger. The $46.5-million College Instruction Center will serve as both a community arts center and the creative and technical hub of the Bremerton campus. And the John Bremer Welding Center in Shelton is retraining workers laid off from the lumber products industry for high-demand jobs in local industries.
Together, our faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends have made OC one of the country’s top 150 community colleges, according to the Aspen Institute’s 2017 rankings. Also in 2017, the Association of Community Colleges recognized the partnership between OC and the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard as a national model.
During my 15½ years as president, more than 28,000 students have earned technical certificates, degrees and high school diplomas from OC. To ensure that all students have access to higher education and the opportunities it affords, OC relies on the generous support of donors, such as the Bremer Trust, the Sons of Norway and the many individual and corporate donors listed in this report.
As I prepare to retire Dec. 31, 2017, I’m pleased that because of the hard work of everyone at this college and the community’s support, OC is well-positioned to welcome a new leader and meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
It’s been my privilege to be part of an institution that has such a profound daily impact on our students and our region. And it’s an honor to share our continued progress with you in this community report, which covers OC highlights for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years.
Sincerely,
A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
Harriette Bryant Beverly Cheney Jim Page Darlene Peters Stephen Warner
2015-2017 OLYMPIC COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
TRANSFORMING LIVES » 2015-2017 04
BREMER TRUST If it weren’t for the Bremer Trust, Olympic College Shelton’s welding program would be homeless. Instead, the popular course is expanding in a new $1.3 million building.
The John Bremer Welding Center opened for classes in July 2017 with space for 22 students. That’s up from a maximum capacity of 16 in its previous leased facility.
When the owner of that space needed to reclaim it and the college couldn’t find a replacement, it sent shockwaves through a community hit hard by the loss of lumber industry jobs. Not only does the welding program put students on the path to well-paying jobs, it’s also the biggest draw at OC Shelton.
With no time to seek a legislative funding fix, the Bremer Trust stepped up to fund the project and put the program on secure financial footing.
Welding Instructor Ron Keeling said that’s made a life-changing difference for his students. Most are retraining after losing jobs at Simpson Lumber and Olympic Panel Products, two major Shelton employers that closed during the last two years.
“Without this program, they would be in dire straits. Now they have a job skill and they will be able to go just about any place and pick up work,” he said.
05 COMMUNIT Y REPORT
2015-2017 X
SONS OF NORWAY The Bremerton Sons of Norway turned grief into opportunity twice in two years when the organization invested heartbreaking windfalls into scholarships for Olympic College students.
First, the group was forced to sell its iconic waterfront lodge after 60 years. Then, longtime members Ike and Val Culbertson passed away and left the organization a sizeable donation. After both losses, members decided to give back to the community by investing in education.
They gave two donations of $25,000 each – the first endowed a general scholarship, the second created a nursing scholarship in honor of Val Culbertson’s 22-year nursing career.
Sons of Norway President Nancy Wood said endowing the scholarships was a way for the organization to show it was still active in the community. And, although the group’s building was not permanent, its scholarship funds will be.
“We are investing in the school, in the community and in individual young people as they advance their careers,” she said. “The endowment goes on and on. It should outlive us all.”
TRANSFORMING LIVES » 2015-2017 06
VETERANS SUPPORT CENTER It’s no surprise that Olympic College is designated both a Military Friendly School and Best for Vets College. The college has the second-largest enrollment of veterans and military-connected students in the state and takes its mission of supporting them as seriously as service members approach their missions when defending our country.
In 2016, those efforts got a boost when OC won a $300,000 grant from the Department of Education to create a Center for Excellence for Veteran Student Success. The one-stop shop provides enhanced advising and orientation, conducts vigorous outreach, monitors student success and provides early follow-up when students are struggling.
Tatiane Simons, a program specialist in the center and a veteran herself, knows exactly what military-connected students are going through and how to provide support. “It helps me go the extra mile,” she said. “Sometimes they have a question about their benefits. Sometimes they just need someone to say, ‘You can do it!’”
In its first three years, Olympic College’s archaeological field school at Yama Village on Bainbridge Island has discovered more than 4,700 artifacts and documented the birth of Japanese-American culture.
“It’s amazing to see how the Japanese people kept their own culture, but integrated American culture into their way of life,” said Donna, an OC student who attended the field school in 2015 and has returned as a volunteer in subsequent years. “It just makes you more curious. I think that’s why I keep coming back.”
By developing a field school at the community college level, OC has taken archaeology out of the rarefied and expensive province of elite four-year universities and made it affordable for undergraduates, who learn every aspect of archaeological methods and techniques. “It’s an effort to make the field of archaeology more diverse,” said Dave Davis, senior crew chief and lab director.
Yama, which dates back to the 1880s, is one of the best preserved Japanese immigrant settlements in the Pacific Northwest and OC students prize their important role in uncovering its significance. Said Donna: “I tell new students, ‘You are documenting history.’”
YAMA PROJECT
07 COMMUNIT Y REPORT
BACCALAUREATE DEGREES Olympic College’s two newest bachelor’s degrees are focused on the future – the future of work and the future of film.
The Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership and Technical Management aims to offset a managerial shortage that’s expected as 60 million Baby Boomers exit the workforce by 2025.
That exodus will create opportunities across all industries, according to Dr. Philip Mathew, who launched the degree program and is working to transform technical professionals into technical leaders.
“What this does is take their content expertise, such as culinary arts, welding or information systems, and build on that with two more years of leadership and technical management training,” said Mathew.
Leslie, who is on track to graduate with the new degree in spring 2018, credited the program with giving her the polish and confidence to advance in her career at a Silverdale mortgage company. “It gives you a knowledge base so you feel confident in your ability to make a good management decision,” she said.
The second new degree, the Bachelor of Applied Science in Digital Filmmaking, is capitalizing on seismic shifts within the entertainment industry brought about by the affordability of digital equipment and the proliferation of new media platforms, such as Netflix and YouTube.
In contrast to traditional film schools, OC digital film students begin making their own movies during their first few weeks of class.
“In one quarter, I had three projects shot that I’ve written,” said Jen, who entered the program wanting to be a screenwriter, but now aspires to be a director. “This program is unique because we get to try all different hats. “We’re learning all different positions and that only makes us better directors, editors and actors.”
Professor Timothy Hagan, who designed the program, said class sizes are small, tuition is a fraction of traditional film schools, and faculty members are professionals who are successfully navigating the changing media landscape.
“I’m making a living at it and I feel confident teaching my students to do that,” said Amy Hesketh, who teaches digital filmmaking and has written, produced, directed and acted in feature-length films. “I know my students can get jobs on independent films. I know they can make their own films and start their own production companies.”
It gives you the knowledge base so you feel confident in your ability to
make a good management decision. - LESLIE, BASOLTM STUDENT
TRANSFORMING LIVES » 2015-2017 08
COLLEGE INSTRUCTION CENTER Spacious, light-filled classrooms for sculpting, drawing, painting and design. Double the lab space for nursing simulations. An interactive learning space designed to foster collaboration. And an art gallery and 276-seat theater that serve as both classrooms and a community arts center.
Those are just some of the features of Olympic College’s newest building, the $46.5-million College Instruction Center.
Slated to open for classes in 2018, the innovative learning center replaces aging art, music and theater facilities with an integrated space that brings the arts, science and technology together and encourages students to learn across disciplines.
“I want to emphasize who this building belongs to and it’s the people of Kitsap and Mason counties. What goes in here is what the community wants,” said OC President David Mitchell, who is particularly proud that the building incorporates the arts as well as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) disciplines.
“That, essentially, is the strength of this building,” said Art Professor Marie Weichman, who is co-curating the gallery’s opening show with the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art and Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network. She also looks forward to hosting workshops and events in the new space.
Shazi Tharian of Schacht Aslani Architects said the CIC is designed for maximum versatility. In the William D. Harvey Theatre, for example, walls and acoustics can easily be adjusted to accommodate everything from a solo performer to a play, opera or symphony. It’s sustainable, as well, boasting 90-percent heat recovery and a large solar array to reduce power consumption and costs.
The building was designed to encourage students to work together in informal study spaces around the atrium and in the interactive classroom, where round tables of eight encourage small-group learning. Each table has its own LCD wall display and white board with linked video displays that promote sharing among groups. Here, students can collaborate on a presentation, debrief after a nursing simulation or plot out a screenplay.
I want to emphasize who this building belongs to and it ’s the people of Kitsap and Mason counties. What goes in here
is what the community wants. - PRESIDENT DAVID MITCHELL
09 COMMUNIT Y REPORT
In addition, the building houses:
• Music classrooms, soundproof practice rooms and an ensemble room with adjustable acoustics
• A digital filmmaking soundstage
• A lab where nursing students can practice administering medications and assessing patients’ reactions
• A ceramics studio with 20 potter’s wheels, including one that’s handicapped-accessible, five kilns, and separate spaces for clay and glazes.
Art student and budding graphic designer Gretchen is thrilled to leave the dark studios of the old art building behind. Noting that the design program has a
dedicated space for the first time, she said: “I’m excited to see how the two- dimensional art program is going to take off.”
For second-year nursing student Alec, the CIC means more chances to practice his skills in a simulation lab and better preparation for his long-term goal of becoming a nurse practitioner. Expanded simulation space in the new building means the nursing program can run multiple scenarios at the same time. The space also will be equipped with an updated maternity mannequin to allow for more realistic simulations of pregnancy complications.
“Mistakes are going to happen,” said Alec, who plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing at OC. “If we can make them in the nursing lab rather than in the hospital, we’re going to save more lives.”
TRANSFORMING LIVES » 2015-2017 10
2016-17
2016-17
2016-17
2016-17
2016-17
2016-17
2016-17
2016-17
2016-17
2016-17
Federal Grants (Pell & SEOG)
Full-time Faculty 129 129 124 Administrative Staff 364 344 337 Part-time Classified Staff 75 70 72
Classified Staff 305 263 222 Adjunct Faculty 167 154 157
Student Employees 235 155 141 1,275 1,115 1,053TOTAL TOTAL TOTAL
RESIDENT
RESIDENT
RESIDENT
RESIDENT
RESIDENT
NON-RESIDENT
NON-RESIDENT
NON-RESIDENT
NON-RESIDENT
NON-RESIDENT
$828
$9,588
$3,183
$3,612
$828
$9,588
$3,183
Fees
2015-16 $8,280,799 $3,238,479 $1,167,206 $290,012 $194,470 $6,045,082 $48,869 $1,199,380 $334,412 $391,577
2016-17 $23,237,938 $3,310,165 $930,097 $6,899,418 $9,843,026 $3,354,223
2016-17 $7,363,625 $2,626,886 $1,309,902 $307,736 $253,634 $4,845,833 $176,17 1 $1,692,391 $334,412 $437,830
Donations Interest Income Other Sources 2015-16 $21,866,989 $15,222,088 $3,945,461 $41,324 $1,291,533 $6,149,844 $33,532 $33,910 $97,966 2016-17 $24,881,643 $13,605,788 $2,331,053 $513,363 $913,684 $6,748,974 $33,196 $63,820 $50,772
2015 2016 2017
ACADEMIC TRANSFER & SUPPORT
Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems
Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational
Leadership
Associate in Technical Arts
Scholarships
FTE ANNUALIZED FTE ANNUALIZED
FALL 2015 FTE FALL 2016 FTE
Fulfill the freshmen and sophomore year requirements for a bachelor’s degree, and provide support for vocational education in areas such as Mathematics, English, and Science.
Prepare students for entry-level jobs and provide retraining and improve work skills for the current work force.
Enables students to achieve an 8th grade education, complete high school, and overcome deficiencies that may prevent achievement in college-level studies.Courses that prepare students
for college-level classes.
10%
51%
49%
29%
8%
49%
51%
27%
ECONOMIC IMPACT
When it comes to attracting new employers to Kitsap County, Olympic College is the region’s top selling point, according to John Powers, executive director of the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance. And a 2016 study commissioned by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges backs him up.
The study by Idaho-based Economic Modeling Specialists International showed just how big a splash OC, its students and its alumni are making in the regional economic pool. The total – a whopping $412.4 million in 2014-15 – is equal to 3.3 percent of the Gross Regional Product. That’s nearly as large as the region’s entire construction industry.
As the only higher education institution serving 320,000 Kitsap and Mason county residents, it’s clear that Olympic College will continue to play a singular role in our region’s economic vitality. For many of our students, an OC degree or technical certificate is a path to the middle class. And for area employers, including the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, OC grads are an important part of their workforce.
Which is why Powers has even more nice things to say: “I can’t overstate the value of Olympic College in contributing to the overall health and economic prosperity of our community.”
- KITSAP ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JOHN POWERS
OC is the #1 asset on Kitsap’s Economic Development Balance
Sheet, as evidenced by this economic impact study.
13 COMMUNIT Y REPORT
OC FAST FACTS
We make the investment for the region, and the region retains the benefits.
13.3% 9.6%
TA XPAYERS TA XPAYERS
i s g a i n e d i n a d d e d re v e n u e a n d s o c i a l
s a v i n g s
STUDENTS
i s g a i n e d i n l i f e t i m e e a r n i n g s
FROM SERVICE AREA
MOVE OUT OF STATE
STAY IN SERVICE AREA
FROM OUTSIDE SERVICE AREA
SOCIET Y
i s g a i n e d i n a d d e d t a x e s a n d p u b l i c
s a v i n g s
$ 3 . 0 0 $ 3 .1 0 $ 8 . 9 0
WHICH IS 3 .3% OF TOTAL OC SERVICE AREA
OC’S “SERVICE AREA” IS KITSAP & MASON COUNTIES ADDED JOBS
91%9%
2% 9%
OC CAMPUSES
est .1946
P O U L S B O est .2004
BASED ON STUDY DURING THE 2014-15 ACADEMIC YEAR
SERVICE AREA IMPACTSTUDENTS
AVERAGE ANNUAL RETURN ON INVESTMENT FOR. . .
ANNUAL ADDED INCOME THANKS TO OC
EQUIVALENT TO
WHERE DO THEY GO AF TER OC?
TRANSFORMING LIVES » 2015-2017 14
STRATEGIC GOAL 4: STRATEGIC GOAL 6:STRATEGIC GOAL 2:
Olympic College provides and supports quality comprehensive instructional programs that meet student and community needs and respond to changing conditions.
OC’s Strategic Goals are used to develop Strategic Priorities that are reviewed and updated annually to ensure the College is focusing on projects that impact student success.
Olympic College applies collaborative and transparent decision-making processes that engage the wider College community in planning the College’s future.
Olympic College serves as a site for cultural events, promoting diversity and inclusion to the wider college community.
Olympic College communication among employees, students, and the community is clear, consistent, and reliable.
Olympic College respects and supports diversity of thought, people, culture, ideas, and activities.
OC students succeed by engaging in campus life and meeting their self- determined educational goals.
15 COMMUNIT Y REPORT
PROGRAM ASSESSMENT IMPROVES LEARNING
CREATE PATHWAYS TO COMPLETION
STREAMLINED ACCESS AND ENROLLMENT
CLOSE THE OPPORTUNITY GAP
Students deserve high-quality teaching and…

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