Olympic College opens Poulsbo branch campus

Islander and OC official Kelly Woodward on the new campus. - JOSH FARLEY/Staff Photo
Islander and OC official Kelly Woodward on the new campus.
— image credit: JOSH FARLEY/Staff Photo

Olympic College classes are now within 15 miles of Bainbridge Island, as the college opens its new Poulsbo campus for the 2004 winter quarter.

“Every school I go to is interested in the new campus, and parents approach me asking for copies (of the OC brochure), too,” said Bruce Dawson, a Bainbridge volunteer who has been promoting the new campus at local schools.

The 39,000-square-foot facility, on the Olhava development at the interchange west of Poulsbo where SR305 meets SR3, will accommodate some 900 students.

DeAnna Kauzlaric, public information director, said offerings will include a mix of professional, technical, nursing and non-credit continuing education classes.

“So far the enrollment response from continuing students has been very good, and they will be offering a very wide selection of courses,” she said.

The facilities include interactive television, which allow classes hosted at one campus to be viewed and participated in at other campuses. All classes will have multimedia capabilities for streaming video from the web.

The project has been under discussion for two decades.

In 1983, Olympic College officials realized that the need for higher education in Kitsap County would outgrow the main Bremerton campus, and that finding more land in that area would be difficult.

Planning began in 1993, when the Olhava family donated property for a satellite campus as part of a planned commercial development.

Since then, $12.9 million in state construction money and additional donations from individuals, businesses and civic groups has combined to make the campus a reality.

During planning, a citizen advisory committee solicited input from communities including Bainbridge, Poulsbo and Kingston, as well as area tribes and representatives of business and industry.

Kelly Woodward, director of continuing education, said the offerings have been tailored to what the community wanted.

They include Running Start, a program that allows qualified high school juniors and seniors to attend college classes for free; computer information systems; office technology; and “business transfer,” courses through which students can move on to business schools.

Woodward said the new campus will serve people from Bainbridge and Kingston who haven’t been able to reach the college in Bremerton. It will also open up space in classes that have consistently been full.

In the fall of 2004, Olympic College will move the bulk of the nursing program to Poulsbo. Kauzlaric said the goal is to someday have standalone technical programs there.

Still, since such offerings as athletics, student government, and music and dance will remain on the Bremerton campus, it is unlikely that any students would spend all their time at Poulsbo.

“Our president (David Mitchell) is committed to the campus being flexible and adapting to what the community needs,” Woodward said.


Olympic College – Poulsbo Campus is located at 1000 Olympic College Place NW near the interchange of SR-305 and SR-3.

Registration for new students begins this week, with credit classes beginning Jan. 5, 2004. Departments offering courses include: Anthropology, Art, Business and Economics, Business Management, Computer Information Systems, Cooperative Education, Early Childhood Education, Education, English, Foreign Languages – American Sign Language, General Studies, Geography, History, Humanities, Mathematics, Medical Office Assistant, Music. Office Technology, Philosophy, Physical Education - Education, Physical Science, Political Science, Psychology, Science, Sociology, Speech, Video and Theatre Arts

The campus has 500 parking spaces for cars, and is working with Kitsap Transit for bus service by the winter semester start.

The school is also looking for teachers, not just students. Faculty is needed for upcoming quarters, especially in math and science.

“We would really like to find local folks,” publicist DeAnna Kauzlaric said. Interested candidates can call Marti Lewis at (360) 475-7701.

Admissions Office: (360) 475-7479 or

Information: 360-475-7243 (800-259-6718 ext. 7243) or

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