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Jan 20, 2023 9:06am

Olympic College and Western Washington University are strengthening their partnership to increase enrollment in the community college and encourage more Olympic Peninsula residents to continue on to earn their four-year degrees at WWU. Washington’s rapid growth and development as a global hub of innovation and commerce has created enormous opportunities in education, technology, and employment, but the state’s students and working people haven’t had equal access to these opportunities. This… Read more about Olympic College and WWU focus on opportunities for transfer students

Oct 5, 2022 11:45am

The higher education community is on alert this autumn as cyberattacks against college campuses continue to rise. Common targets include student, faculty, and staff accounts and finances accessed through malware-loaded phishing attempts, but more sophisticated hacking attempts to steal intellectual property and university data are also on the rise. As cybercriminals become more sophisticated, so should your personal and institutional cybersecurity practices. College and university… Read more about Keep campus cyber-secure by following these 8 security measures 

Oct 5, 2022 11:26am

WWU is coordinating the 2023 Salmon Recovery Conference on April 18 and 19, 2023 in Vancouver, Washington, and event organizers are calling for abstracts through Oct. 28.

The theme of this year’s conference is "A Shared Future," which reflects the desire to hear broad community perspectives with regards to salmon recovery. You have until Oct. 28 to submit your abstract. 

Abstract Guidance

Consider the following when crafting… Read more about Abstracts sought for the 2023 Salmon Recovery Conference

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Need-based Scholarships for Certificate Programs

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Two decades into the 21st Century, new patterns of work require people to continually evaluate their education in order to determine how best to progress in their careers, or pursue more rewarding opportunities.

Read More Learn about Need-based Scholarships for Certificate Programs

Expanded Education Helps Mitigate Pandemic's Insecurity

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The Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas are some of the most underserved areas in the state in terms of access to a four-year college degree, and this deficit takes on even more urgency as the COVID-19 pandemic has starkly exposed how important educational attainment is to job security.

Read MoreExpanded Education Helps Mitigate Pandemic's Insecurity

A Sustainable Future with WWU Energy Certificates

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The Institute for Energy Studies at Western Washington University is a multi-college collaboration that offers interdisciplinary undergraduate degrees and certificates to address the science, technology, policy, business, and economic aspects of energy systems. 

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OCE works with faculty, staff, students, and the extended community to provide learning opportunities that make a difference in people’s lives. Learn more about us.

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"Western's program was structured in such a way that I was able to continue with working on my career. It really allowed me to practice what I was learning in school at my job and it was just this very whole-person approach. I really appreciated the flexibility and really, one of the most favorite things was just being able to have my cohort and to have people of like minds that were in my program but I was able to learn from, and the faculty were amazing, and I just really felt supported.  The number one thing was they wanted all of us to succeed."

Kailey Fiedler-Gohlke
Graduate Student, 2019

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Outreach and Continuing Education supports outstanding programs for individuals across their lifetimes. From elementary to post-retirement, our programs cater to the diverse needs of learners at different points on their learning journey.
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Western Washington University is conveniently located throughout the Puget Sound and the Central Salish Sea regions and online. Whether personal enrichment or career related, Western can help you reach your educational goals.

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