Olympic College Signs EAP Agreement

Brandman University and Olympic College Partner to Give Students Additional Path to Four-Year Degree

 Early Advantage Partnership agreement is another option for Olympic College students to complete their bachelor’s degree

Lacey, Washington – March 24, 2011 – Brandman University, a regionally accredited institution within the Chapman University System, and Olympic College, a community college that educates students across the Olympic Peninsula, today announced the joint signing of an Early Advantage Program (EAP) partnership.

By enrolling in the Early Advantage Program, Olympic College students will be able to map out their education pathway to Brandman. EAP students are open to take Brandman classes as needed to ensure a timely completion of their associate degree at Olympic College. Participants in the program will have access to enhanced cooperative academic and student services from both institutions including Brandman’s advising services, information meetings, technology support, and education plans. The partnership will also allow students to lock in their academic catalog year, giving them the ability to transfer all completed coursework contained in the agreement.

To support the affiliation, Brandman University is also launching a Virtual Transfer Program (VTP) with Olympic College. This comes in the form of a web page that is available to students who are looking to transfer to complete their four-year degree. It is an interactive initiative that allows an Olympic College student to download a completed education plan and know exactly what courses will transfer to a Brandman degree. To view the VTP partnership page visit www.Brandman.edu/eap/Olympic.

“Brandman University establishes Early Advantage partnership agreements with community colleges like Olympic College to provide students with a clearly defined path to pursue their higher education,” said Gary Brahm, Chancellor of Brandman University.

The EAP is another option for Olympic College students to attain their bachelor’s degree. As part of the agreement, Brandman offers a 10% tuition discount to transfer students and will waive all application fees for Olympic College students participating in the EAP.

"The partnership between Olympic College and Brandman University is an outstanding opportunity for students to pursue more options for a bachelor’s degree locally. Brandman has an excellent reputation and Olympic College is excited to be partnering on this new endeavor,” said Dr. David Mitchell, President of Olympic College.

The agreement between Brandman and Olympic College include the following programs: computing technology; business administration; criminal justice; early childhood development; organizational leadership; psychology; social science; and sociology.

An EAP student can attend classes at any of the five Brandman campuses throughout Washington State or online.

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About Brandman University
Brandman University is a private, non-profit institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Established in 1958 and a part of the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with progressive, innovative curriculum and strong support services designed for working professionals.
 
About Olympic College
Founded in 1946, Olympic College is a community college with campuses in Bremerton, Poulsbo and Shelton and is regionally accredited as a baccalaureate institution. The college offers a bachelor’s of science in Nursing, associate degrees for transfer, and degree and certificates in several professional and technical programs. In addition to Brandman University, Olympic College has partnerships with state and national universities to provide bachelor’s and master’s degree transfer options for local residents. For more on Olympic College, visit www.olympic.edu.

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About Brandman University
Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). As part of the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with innovative curriculum and strong support services designed for students with busy schedules. The university offers 50+ undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs across its schools of arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and health. Brandman serves an average of 12,000 students annually with programs available online and at over 25 campuses throughout California and Washington. The university’s online programs consistently rank among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. www.Brandman.edu.

For more information contact Steve Quis, director of Public Relations at squis@brandman.edu.