Early Alert

What is Early Alert?

Early Alert is a student centered program designed to connect students with the resources they need to support their success at Olympic College. Faculty can submit Early Alert referrals to get additional support for students who are experiencing academic or personal difficulties. The referral process continues throughout the quarter; however, the first three weeks are critical for student retention and success.


  • Early Detection and Intervention
  • Assessment and Support
  • Connection and Resources 

Reasons to Refer

  • Attendance/tardiness
  • Low exam/quiz scores
  • Participation/motivation
  • Late/missing assignments
  • Personal problems
  • Negative change in personal appearance
  • Substance use/abuse

How to Report a Student Concern

Student Referral Form

Faculty are the first point of contact with their students. When an instructors has a real concern about a student's success, they should contact the student first and attempt to resolve the issue. If assistance is needed, instructors may refer the student to the Early Alert system using the Student Referral Form below.

Ideally, referrals submitted within the first three weeks of the quarter increase our chances of resolving student issues.  However, instructors may submit referrals anytime throughout the quarter.

Resources on our Academic Intervention page

For questions, please contact Trish Christean, Lead Early Alert Counselor, regarding referrals at (360-475-7763) or tchristean@olympic.edu, or for technical concerns contact Lynne Abbay, Lead Tech Support & IT Coordinator at (360-475-7609) or labbay@olympic.edu.