Olympic College instruction to be mostly online for winter quarter

College president says student and staff safety is top priority

PORT ORCHARD — Olympic College instruction will continue to take place mostly online winter quarter, with the exception of programs with a face-to-face component that have an approved Safe Start Plan in place, said college President Marty Cavalluzzi.

Olympic College offers virtual assistance lounges via Zoom where students can connect with representatives from numerous departments and offices to get help with registration, enrollment, financial aid and other enrollment requirements.

“The safety of our students and staff remains our number-one priority,” Cavallluzzi said in a news release. “We will continue to balance the need for protecting public health with our ability to safely offer on-campus instruction in accordance with state guidelines.”

During this prolonged period of predominantly online instruction and services, the college said it is offering a variety of services to support students, including providing laptop and Wi-Fi hotspot check out; computer lab access on all three campuses by reservation; Wi-Fi in parking lots; virtual tutoring; 24/7 Ask-a-Librarian service and curbside book pickup; and Students in Need Group (SING) textbook lending; and Opportunity Grants.

The college is offering limited in-person instruction primarily in hands-on professional technical programs such as cosmetology, esthetics, culinary arts, nursing, nursing assistant certification, medical assisting, precision machining and welding, among other programs.