Resources for Diverse Student Populations

Career Services serves as a gateway to local information for our diverse student population.  We've listed below some of the services and websites directed towards these students which can provide information and assistance to meet their specific needs.  

Basic Studies (Adult Basic Education or ABE) -

Courses in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and GED Preparation are non-credit. These courses are intended for those who want to develop the reading, writing, and math skills needed to pass the GED test or to begin college level work or training. Attendance at an orientation session is required before registering for classes.

Students under the age of 19 years must be formally released from their local high school before enrolling in any Olympic College Adult Education program.

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is also a program that is part of Basic Studies. See the link for this program at this website. ESOL classes are non-credit. These courses are intended for non-native English speakers, immigrants and refugees wanting to learn how to read, write, speak, and understand English for personal, academic, or employment reasons. Courses are offered in Belfair, Bremerton, Poulsbo, and Shelton both day and evening, with classes available for beginning through advanced ESOL students. Attendance at an orientation session is required before registration for classes. For more information, go to the above website.

Access Services (Bremerton Campus)
Coordinates accommodations for students with disabilities and works to ensure equal access to educational programs, services, and activities at Olympic College. We promote awareness of disability issues and foster an environment that welcomes and fully integrates people with disabilities.

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities - http://www.cosdonline.org/
This website is now available to college students with disabilities across the country.  We encourage students to register and upload their resumes to be seen by quality COSD member employers.  Students can also browse the job opportunities on the system.
Internship/Employment Opportunities for College Students with Disabilities - Click on this flyer to find out more information!

International Students - http://www.olympic.edu/Students/InternationalStudents/
Provides application and admission requirements and instructions, forms for current international students, and housing information.  For more information, go to the above website.

Multicultural Services (Bremerton Campus) - http://www.olympic.edu/Students/StudentServices/MulticulturalServices/
The mission of the Multicultural Services Center (MSC) is to support the academic success and retention of diverse student populations by advocating for a learning environment that is inclusive and providing services to assist students in meeting their academic and personal goals. 
We endeavor to offer comprehensive services to students, faculty, staff and the community.  In addition to providing direct student services, we partner with community agencies, and we also collaborate within the institution to enhance the learning environment for diverse populations.  Our office is dedicated to educating the campus community about diversity awareness and cultural sensitivity in an atmosphere of positive engagement and mutual respect. 

Senior Citizens/Retireeshttp://www.seniors4hire.org 
Seniors4Hire.org is a nationwide online Career Center and the #1 place on the Internet for U.S. job seekers 50 and over to find job openings from businesses that value a diverse workforce and actively recruit and hire older workers, retirees and/or senior citizens.

Veteran's Services (Bremerton Campus) - http://www.olympic.edu/Students/StudentServices/VeteransServices/
The Veterans' Services Office assists students in applying for and using veterans' educational benefits.  For more information, go the above website.

Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) -
The mission of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is "to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve a greater quality of life by obtaining and maintaining employment." Employment contributes to a person's ability to live independently, and DVR believes that every person has the right to work.

With offices statewide, DVR has been a partner with Washington State's communities for over 70 years. As a division of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), DVR is designed to help meet the employment needs of people with disabilities and of employers.

Worker Retraining

- http://www.olympic.edu/Students/WFDBS/WFD/workRetrain.htm
Worker Retraining provides access to skills training for unemployed workers who need to upgrade their skills or acquire a new career.
Eligibility and Details:
Worker Retraining applicants must initially meet one of the following criteria to potentially qualify:
  • Determined eligible to collect WA state unemployment insurance;
  • Currently collecting WA state unemployment insurance;
  • Have collected WA state unemployment insurance at any time within the last 24 months;
  • Have received notice of intent to layoff;
  • Displaced homemaker;
    (Individuals who within the last 24 months have been providing unpaid services to a family member(s) in the home, and have been dependent on the income of another family member, and are no longer supported by that income)
  • Self-employed.
Qualified students may receive assistance with tuition and fees, books, dependent care, and transportation costs in addition to educational advising. This assistance can be applied to any one of more than 20 professional technical programs offered at Olympic College, or to customized job skills training. Worker Retraining students may also be allowed to collect unemployment benefits while attending Olympic College as a full-time student.  For more information go to the above website.

WorkFirst - http://www.olympic.edu/Students/WFDBS/WFD/workFirst
WorkFirst participants and other low-income working parents may be eligible for assistance in participating in any one of the more than twenty Professional-Technical certificate programs offered at Olympic College.

Eligibility and Details:
Tuition assistance may be available to WorkFirst applicants interested in attending college who meet one of the following criteria:
  • Are a low-income working parent (175% of Federal poverty level or below) and financially responsible for a child(ren);
  • Are a parent receiving TANF benefits, working 20 hrs/week, receive DSHS and Employment Security approval for education and training.
Qualified students may receive services in educational planning, financial assistance for tuition, fees, and books for vocational and basic skills training relevant to wage and skill progression. Customized job skills training options are available and one specifically designed to meet an individual employer's or group of employers' needs. WorkFirst Work Study positions are also available on a limited basis as well as referral to Working Connections Childcare for funding assistance with childcare related to school and work activities. For more information, contact Amy Hatfield, at 360-475-7847 and ahatfield@olympic.edu or go to the website above.

WorkForce Development (Bremerton Campus) - http://www.olympic.edu/Students/WFDBS/WFD/ 
The Workforce Development department at Olympic College offers a wide variety of services to diverse populations. These include Worker Retraining, WorkFirst, Professional Technical (Prof-Tech) Degrees and Certificates, Tech Prep Dual Credit for high school students, Adult Education and GED Preparation, English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and Cooperative Education.

Other College Listings - Below are college listings for students of various ethnic backgrounds.
   American Indian Tribal Colleges
   Historically Black Colleges and Universities
   Hispanic Serving Institutions
   Asian American and Pacific Islander Institutions


revised 3/19/13 rboothe