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Olympic College is conducting a nationwide search to identify its next President. 

The Olympic College Board of Trustees is conducting a nationwide search to identify the next President to lead the College. This position presents a unique opportunity to join one of the top community colleges in the nation. In 2015, OC was named an Aspen Prize Top Ten Finalist. The Aspen Prize is the preeminent recognition of community and technical colleges in the nation. OC partners with Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility on one of the most successful apprenticeship programs in the nation. This program recently won the American Association of Community College Partnership of the Year Award.OC offers numerous associate degree tracks for students seeking to transfer to universities to complete their educations. The College also offers four bachelor degrees in Computer Information Systems, Digital Filmmaking, Nursing, and Organizational Leadership and Technical Management. OC has long been a leader in university partnerships, and that continues to be the case with an ever expanding list of programs available at our Bremerton and Poulsbo campuses. 


Attend a public forum to share your input or complete the comment form.

May 10, 5-6:30 p.m. - OC Presidential Search Forum - South Kitsap School District Office

May 12, 4:30-6 p.m. - OC Poulsbo Presidential Search Forum

May 15, 2:30-4 p.m. - OC Bremerton Presidential Search Forum

May 22, 5-6:30 p.m. - OC Bremerton Presidential Search Forum

May 24, 4:00-5:30 p.m. - OC Shelton Presidential Search Forum

Thank you for your interest in employment at Olympic College. We are very proud of our mission as a community college that bridges access and opportunity with high expectations and support for our students. Our efforts garnered national attention when we were named a finalist for the 2015 Aspen Prize, the preeminent recognition of high achievement and performance among America's community colleges. We earned that distinction through the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff and through innovative programs such as:

  • Close ties with local industry reflected in dozens of programs in skilled trades, from which 90% of students complete and 100% are placed in jobs.
  • Strong, well-established pathways to a four-year degree, including three of our own bachelor’s degrees and many others through collaborative programs with our university partners.

We serve a diverse student body of more than 12,000 annually and employ approximately 1,500 talented faculty and staff members. We enjoy deep engagement within our surrounding community as well as important statewide and national networks. With campuses in Bremerton, Poulsbo and Shelton, OC is meeting the needs of students regionally by offering effective programs to the communities we serve. 

All three of our campuses are expanding with the addition of new facilities. In Bremerton, we are completing construction of the 70,000 square-foot College Instruction Center - the largest funded project in state community and technical college history. This building provides a state-of-the-art new home for for art, music, theater, film, the Physical Therapist Assistant program, nursing simulation labs, and active learning classrooms. It features a 276-seat venue/classroom for lectures, performances, conferences, and more. The College is also outfitting a new home for the recently added Electrical Engineering program, offered by university partner Washington State University, which also offers Mechanical Engineering at our Bremerton Campus. 

In Poulsbo, we are nearing completion of a high-quality modular building, which will provide more space for our programs and partnership with WWU. At our Shelton Campus, we recently opened a 2,600 square-foot weld shop, featuring 16 welding stations, office space, and storage, allowing OC to increase capacity in this popular program. 

The expansion is not limited to facilities, with the launch of a new Digital Filmmaking bachelor's degree in addition to the bachelor’s degrees currently available in Computer Information Systems, Nursing, and Organizational Leadership and Technical Management. These programs provide clear pathways for our students to complete their educations without crossing Puget Sound. 


Ideally located in Washington state in Kitsap and Mason counties, we are surrounded by endless shoreline and breathtaking mountain views of the Puget Sound, while just a short ferry ride from Seattle. With three campuses in Bremer, Polson and Shelton, OC is uniquely positioned as the source for higher education and professional training in western Puget Sound. 


With a population of  39,520, Bremer is the largest city in Kitsap County. A one hour ferry ride from downtown Seattle, Bremerton is truly a beautiful city. Guests enjoy the Kitsap Conference Center, two hotels, fine dining, coffee shops, cafes and the Port of Bremerton Marina in the downtown Harborside area. We invite you to enjoy a stroll through the Arts District, Bremerton Naval Museum, Boardwalk, Harborside Fountain Park and PSNS Memorial Plaza. Or, walk across the Manette Bridge for more cafes and shopping. A few blocks north of downtown is the beautiful Evergreen Rotary Park. If you love golf, don't miss the city-owned Gold Mountain Golf Course which includes two 18-hole championship courses. 


Our Poulsbo Campus, which serves the north end of Kitsap County, is a 20 minute drive from the Bremerton Campus. Poulsbo is a Scandinavian town with a population of 10,200. Prior to Euro-American settlement, Poulsbo was in the heartland of the Suquamish People, who have lived in Puget Sound for thousands of years. Suquamish ancestors occupied villages and camps on the Liberty Bay shoreline over the past 5,000 years, hunted throughout the Poulsbo forests and floodplains, fished in bays and streams, and collected shellfish along the marine shoreline. Today Poulsbo is a thriving community with many amenities that attract tourists and encourage people to move to this area. With its picturesque downtown core of rosemaled storefronts and shopping areas at Poulsbo Village, along Viking Avenue, and in College Market Place, Poulsbo offers much to citizens and guests alike. These include several beautiful parks throughout the city, a boardwalk along Liberty Bay, the Valborg Oyen Public Library, three marinas, interesting gift shops, delicious bakeries, good schools including the Olympic College satellite campus, and panoramic views of Liberty Bay and the Olympic Mountains.


OC has had a presence in Shelton since 1964. The College built a permanent home on Alpine Way in 1995, thanks to a grass roots effort by community members who were instrumental is raising funds for the campus. The westernmost city on Puget Sound, Shelton is county seat of Mason County. The City of Shelton has a population of 9,800 residents. It features quiet harbors, waterfront homes, an award-winning hospital system, and historic downtown core highlighted by a collection of antique shops, restaurants, a movie theater and more. Shelton is historically a logging town and is world renowned for its Oyster harvest, which produces some of the best shellfish in the world. 

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility

OC’s partnership with PSNS dates back to the 1950s and serves as a model for other industry partners such as the naval shipyard in San Diego, which is modeling its program at PSNS. The OC/PSNS partnership consistently graduates 90 percent of apprentices with their ATA degree, with 100 percent job placement for those who finish the program.

Chambers of Commerce

The Olympic College service district is home to a thriving business community that is driving growth in Kitsap and Mason Counties. 

Kitsap Economic Development Alliance

The Kitsap Economic Development Alliance (KEDA) is a 30 year-old public/private nonprofit 501 (c) (6) corporation founded in June, 1983. Our goal is to attract and retain jobs and investments in this community that generate wealth, enhances the quality of life and embraces future generations.


Visit the Human Resource Services website to learn more about employment at OC. 

Input and Feedback

As the search for the OC's next President gets underway, the College invites your questions, comments and suggestions. 

The search committee will engage internal and external stakeholders and there will be opportunities for input at various stages of the hiring process.

Share your input via the comment form or send thoughts on the search process to communications@olympic.edu