Western Washington University will bring a four-year bachelor’s program to Kitsap County. Olympic College in Poulsbo, Wash. will feature a business management and administration degree next fall.
The program is offered through the Extended Education Department at Western.
“We are really excited,” said Sandra Mottner, the associate dean of the College of Business and Economics.
The president of Olympic College, David Mitchell, invited Western to set up the program at Olympic College because he believes Western is a premier school, Mottner said.
Kitsap four-year schools lack access to third- and fourth-year higher-education opportunities, and the program is meant provide that opportunity, Mottner said.
The business management bachelor program is not unprecedented. Western’s Huxley College of the Environment and Woodring College of Education have offered four-year degrees in the Kitsap region for the past 20 years.
“We will be joining [Huxley College] in Poulsbo to help meet the needs of Washington residents and provide a quality level business program, so they can realize their dreams and aspirations,” Mottner said.
The program at Olympic College will function the same as the one at Western, said Kayla McCauley, the pre-major adviser for the CBE at Western.
Students who get their degree at Olympic College will go through the same curriculum as the students at Western.
The faculty for the program has yet to be selected, but there will be a full-time, tenure-track associate professor from the business college to teach and run the program at Olympic College, Mottner said.
All extension programs are self-sustaining, which means no tuition money will be used, Mottner said.
Creating a program like this, on another campus, also benefits students here, McCauley said.
“[The program] opens up internship opportunities, networking opportunities and job-placement opportunities upon graduation,” McCauley said.
Information sessions will be held at 12 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Olympic College in Bremerton, Wash., in the Haselwood Library Room 110 and at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Olympic College in Poulsbo in the Hern Lecture Hall.