Kitsap’s nationally recognized training, apprenticeship and degree programs have built a strong local and regional skilled workforce in engineering, manufacturing, and assembly.
Olympic College was chosen as one of the Top 10 Community Colleges in the United States for excellence and achievement.
Kitsap’s Olympic College (OC) is in tune with economic development needs in the community when it comes to training and job placement. Electronics, advanced manufacturing, and composites programs are the core of aerospace-related studies. OC’s collaboration with two state universities brings in engineering, cybersecurity, and business degree programs. Expanded STEM training in the area’s school districts includes aviation classrooms and a magnet STEM school.
OC offers training in Composites Manufacturing (Offering Certificate of Completion in Composites Manufacturing Technology), Manufacturing Technology – Precision Machining (Offering two certificates of completion:
1) Principles of Precision Machining 2) Manufacturing Technology; and a Certificate of Recognition, Electronics (Offering Associate in Technical Arts; Certificate of Proficiency; and two certificates of recognition in Exploring Electronics and Electronics).
OC’s Electronics program is one of only 44 colleges and universities accredited nationally by the FAA as a certified member of the “Technical Operations – Collegiate Training Initiative Program” (TO-CTI).
Bachelor of Science degrees from Washington State University (WSU) – Bremerton in: Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
Expanded STEM training and experiences throughout the county; highlights include: Central Kitsap School District expanded aerospace/aviation programs including flight simulators in elementary school libraries, flight simulators in middle schools and CORE Plus curriculum in high schools; a magnet STEM school in Bremerton School District; robotics programs in both Central Kitsap and North Kitsap School Districts and Core Plus curriculum in multiple districts.
- Advanced manufacturing experience and training at Olympic College
- Accredited mechanical and electrical engineering programs at Olympic College in cooperation with WSU
- Transfer of skills from the defense sector (large population of retired and separated military workforce)
- High retention rate attributed to Kitsap’s housing, recreation, healthcare and educational opportunities
A central location between two aviation bases and next to Naval Base Kitsap supplies a large group of trained, loyal individuals who stay in the region and look for second careers to use their skills after their military service. This pre-existing workforce and training capacity could be applied to any specialty manufacturers’ needs to rapidly build a skilled, stable team and support efforts in space and aerospace.