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OC to offer a new bachelor’s degree this fall

To serve a growing trend in the technology industry, Olympic College is offering a new online Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Information Systems starting September 2014.

The Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Information Systems is designed for place-bound students interested in developing expertise and enhancing their credentials. The class schedule will be flexible, with classes offered partly face-to-face on OC’s Bremerton campus and partly online.

After hearing from local employers about the skills they require, OC’s faculty developed a curriculum where students learn to strategically plan, manage, and apply information technology solutions to business processes and challenges.  Aligned closely with industry expectations, program topics include business processes, software development, web, networking, information assurance, project management, analytics, communication, teamwork and leadership. The program also includes work-based learning, internships, and capstone projects to equip students for employer demands.

“This is a very exciting time for us. Faculty have been working diligently this past year to prepare for program launch in the fall.  In addition to the curriculum development work, we are remodeling a classroom that will be the “home base” for program students,” stated Olympic College’s Dean for the Business and Technology Division, Norma Whitacre in a press release.

“Thanks to a SBCTC STEM Pathways grant and an OC Foundation gift, we have ordered new furniture, new Mac Pros, teaching and learning demonstration equipment. Students will be working on the latest technology as they learn and apply their technical skills to solving real world problems,” she said. “An integrated theme throughout the program will be will be applying technology while practicing successful communication, team and team leadership skills. We are looking forward to our first cohort of students.”

This is the second baccalaureate degree offered by OC.  The college also offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing.

Initial research is underway as the college explores the possibility of offering a third baccalaureate degree, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership.

Applications for the new program are currently being accepted. Program and application details are at http://www.olympic.edu/BAS-IS/ or call 360 475 7360.

Olympic College is a public two-year community college that educates more than 13,000 students a year. Founded in 1946, the college has three campuses in Bremerton, Poulsbo, and Shelton and serves a population of 280,000 residents living in Kitsap, Mason and surrounding counties.

 

 

 

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