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Workforce Development and Basic Studies


Funding. Support. Education. Career.


Strengthening our community by linking education and employment
to create a skilled 21st century workforce.


Are you debating about what career to pursue? Watch a short video about options by clicking here.

Think about it...

- Do you need help paying for college?

- Do you need help paying for childcare while going to college?

- Do you need help paying for books and supplies?

- Do you qualify for unemployment benefits?

- Has your financial situation changed?

- Do you recieve TANF and would like to attend college?

- Do you currenlty recieve foodstamps and would like to keep them while going to college?

- Did you leave the military service within the last 48 months?

If you answered YES to any of the above questions, come by and talk to us or call!


The Workforce Development and Basic Studies division at Olympic College is an umbrella for a number of different services for diverse populations: Worker Retraining, WorkFirst, Tech Prep Dual Credit for high school students, Adult Education and GED Preparation, English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), the Career Service Center, and Cooperative Education.

The Workforce Dean also oversees Professional Technical (Prof-Tech) Degrees and Certificates.


Workforce Development and Basic Studies Program-Based ContactList


Adult Basic Education

Accounting Technology

Administrative Office Support

Business Management

Business Technology


Culinary Arts

Digital Filmmaking

Digital Media

Early Childhood Education

English for Speakers of Other Languages


Engineering Technology

Fashion Marketing

Homeland Security/ Emergency Management

Human Services/ Chemical Dependency

Legal Office

Manufacturing Technology

Medical Assisting

Nursing (RN)

Nursing Assistant

Organizational Leadership

Practical Nursing

Resource Management

Physical Therapist Assistant

Technical Design

Welding Technology

For Basic Studies Staff visit the Basic Studies Home Page

BFET (Basic Food Employment & Training)

The BFET program is a partnership between Olympic College and the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) which offers educational and workforce training opportunities to students receiving Basic Food Assistance (food stamps).

Christine Kubli
BFET Program Specialist

Amber Fitzgerald
Program Assistant for Worker Retraining and BFET

Career Centers (Student Employment)

The Career Centers at OC Bremerton and OC Shelton provide easy access to a wide range of pre-employment services that assist students in developing self-directed job search skills.

Teresa McDermott
Director of Shelton Campus and Career Centers
360.475.7480 Bremerton campus
360.432.5404 Shelton campus

Roberta Gillis
Program Coordinator 
360.475.7485 Bremerton campus

Continuing Education and Customized Training

Avatar Fitch
Program Assistant,  Continuing Education and Customized Training

Cooperative Education and Internship Program

This is a work-based learning program in which students earn college credit for their work experience by setting and attaining specific learning objectives. If you want to learn more about enrolling or if you'd like to hire a cooperative education or intern student, please contact:

Teresa McDermott
Director of Shelton Campus and Career Centers
360.475.7480 Bremerton campus
360.432.5404 Shelton campus

Roberta Gillis
Program Coordinator 
360.475.7485 Bremerton campus

Professional-Technical Degrees and Certificates

Many courses of study are available. Do you need more focused skills to change careers or advance in your career?

Amy Hatfield
Dean for Workforce Development and Basic Studies
and Chief Professional-Technical Administrator

Steve Quinn
Advisor for Professional-Technical Programs,
Bremerton and Poulsbo

Rose Ferri 
Transitions Coordinator for Worker Retraining and WorkFirst,
Shelton Campus

Michelle Van Berkom
Fiscal Specialist

Sharon James
Program Coordinator for Professional-Technical Advisory Committees

April Lagajeno
Administrative Assistant 3,
Lead for Professional-Technical Faculty Certification

Tech Prep Dual Credit / West Sound Education Consortium

Tech Prep Dual Credit is a program which links high school professional/technical courses with the community college. The goal is to map a seamless path for students interested in professional/technical areas of study. Money and time are saved for eligible students!

Jim Funaro
Director of Poulsbo Campus and Coordinator, Tech Prep 
360.394.2706 or Toll Free 1.800.259.6718 ext.2706

Brenda Hale
Program Coordinator, Tech Prep/Perkins
360.475.7353 or Toll Free 1.800.259.6718 ext.7353
Fax: 360.475.6811

Worker Retraining

Worker Retraining provides Professional-Technical career and academic planning, financial aid, and other services to qualified individuals who have received or been eligible to receive Washington State unemployment insurance benefits within the last 24 months. Displaced homemakers and self-employed individuals may also qualify for funding through this program.

Deborah Welsh
Director of Program Development and Worker Retraining

Rose Ferri
Transitions Coordinator for Worker Retraining and WorkFirst
Shelton Campus

Transitions Coordinator for Worker Retraining
Bremerton and Poulsbo

Amber Fitzgerald
Program Assistant for Worker Retraining and BFET


WorkFirst provides tuition assistance to qualified individuals. The program provides financial aid for wage and skill progression training. This assistance can be applied to any one of more than twenty professional/technical programs offered at Olympic College or to customized job skills training. WorkFirst Work Study and adult basic skills are other potential options.

Jane Blackman
Director of WorkFirst and Special Projects

Pauline Carlton
Interim Transitions Coordinator for WorkFirst
Bremerton and Poulsbo  
360.475.7846 or 360.475.7230

Rose Ferri
Transitions Coordinator for WorkFirst and Worker Retraining
Shelton Campus

Pauline Carlton
Program Coordinator for WorkFirst

Patricia (Pat) Carlin
Program Assistant for WorkFirst