About Peninsula College
Peninsula College provides educational opportunities in the areas of academic transfer, professional/technical, basic skills, and continuing education. The College also contributes to the cultural and economic enrichment of Clallam and Jefferson Counties.
- Provide an Academic Transfer program that positions students to continue their education at the baccalaureate level.
- Provide Professional and Technical programs that enable students to enter or re-enter the workforce, enhance their current skills, or pursue advanced educational opportunities.
- Provide a Basic Skills program to help undereducated adults and adults with limited English proficiency to become more successful. Provide Continuing Education classes with a focus on business training.
- Achieve an enrollment distribution that is representative of State expectations and the district profile.
- Provide financial assistance that facilitates student access.
- Provide a college environment that places teaching and learning at the center of institutional practice, provides quality services to students, and demonstrates sound and planful stewardship of public resources.
- Promote community connections through the exchange of knowledge, resources and community service.
- Provide and promote fine arts.
- Contribute to the economic vitality of Clallam and Jefferson Counties.
- Model pluralism, a culture of mutual respect and acceptance.
The college community is guided by the following principles:
- The teaching/learning process is at the center of the mission of Peninsula College.
- Members of the campus community will treat each other with mutual respect and dignity.
- Members of the campus community will be open and honest in their communications.
- Members of the campus community shall promote a positive work environment and avoid adversarial relationships.
- Each member of the campus community shall act ethically and with integrity.
- The campus will engage in collaborative decision-making processes.
Board of Trustees
- Julie McCulloch, Chair
- Mike Glenn, Vice Chair
- Mike Maxwell, Member
- Dwayne Johnson, Member
- Eric Rohrer, Member
About Peninsula College
At Peninsula College, our unique environment encourages you to explore new possibilities. The college is innovative and student-centered with excellent faculty and small classes. Our learning facilities feature striking architecture and classrooms with advanced instructional technology and equipment. We offer international learning experiences and are actively involved in our local community. What’s more, we provide many extracurricular opportunities: championship athletic teams, student clubs and activities, and an array of cultural and fine arts events throughout the year.
The World is Your Classroom
At Peninsula College, learning is not confined to enclosed classrooms or the lecture hall. Instead, the entire campus and the Olympic Peninsula become teaching laboratories as students and faculty move outdoors to take full advantage of all that our unique area has to offer.
Anyone familiar with the college would not be surprised to find a language, philosophy, or literature class meeting in the middle of the college plaza on a bright sunny day, or to see our incredible PC Jazz Ensemble performing in front of the Pirate Union Building (PUB). Nor is it unusual to find small groups of students and their teachers embarking on field trips to the nearby ocean, Olympic National Park, or the rain forest to discover and study native marine life, fauna, and flora in their natural habitats.
You can even spend one or more quarters studying in another country if you choose or take language and cultural classes from visiting professors from other countries.
Indeed, to not do so would be to miss much of what education is all about. That’s why, at Peninsula College, we have developed a special educational habitat for students that allows you time— and room—to discover who you are and what you want to do.
The Olympic Peninsula provides an extraordinary setting for Peninsula College. Our close proximity to mountains, forests, and the ocean provides you with opportunities to participate in outdoor learning and recreational experiences that are unequalled at other college locations in Washington’s community and technical college system.
The services and activities of Port Angeles, the largest city on the North Olympic Peninsula, are easily accessible, and students and community members alike enjoy the opportunity to work together on projects and special festivals that involve both groups.
Major cities, such as Seattle and Victoria, British Columbia, are only a few hours away, while major Native American museums and a United Nations World Heritage Site—Olympic National Park—are practically at our doorstep.
Located on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, Peninsula College is situated in a very special environment that provides unique educational opportunities for its students. Depending on the season, it is not unusual to find professors conducting their classes in the middle of the college quadrangle or on our spacious lawns or even taking students on field trips to the nearby ocean, Olympic National Park (a United Nations World Heritage Park), or the peninsula's rain forests to discover and study native marine life, fauna, and flora in their natural habitats. On your own or as a member of one of our many student clubs, you can discover snow-capped mountain peaks, waterfalls, glaciers, and wildlife preserves. The result is an educational experience rivaled by few other colleges or universities anywhere.
PC at Port Angeles:
Peninsula College’s main campus is located in the city of Port Angeles on 75 acres in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. Our expanding campus including Maier Hall, our Arts and Humanities Building; Keegan Hall, our Science and Technology Building; our Longhouse/House of Learning; Allied Health and Early Childhood Education Center, and the Library/ Media Center provides facilities for students who attend the college from all over the United States and several international countries.
PC at Forks
Our Forks campus is located in Forks, Washington, 57 miles west of Port Angeles. The site offers academic transfer, Basic Education, English as a Second Language (ESL) and GED classes, as well as professional development seminars intended for local business and professionals. Distance-learning courses coordinated through the Port Angeles campus provide additional enhanced learning opportunities for residents. In the summer of 2014, the site moved into a newly remodeled 12,452 square-foot facility that houses five classrooms, a learning center with study space, a student gathering space, reception, and advising and faculty office spaces. The site also includes a multi-use space available as a resource for community and cultural events for the region.
PC at Port Townsend
In Fall 2016, Peninsula College moves to its newly renovated home –Building 202-- on the campus of historic Fort Worden in Port Townsend. Building 202 offers state of the art classrooms and easy access to the beautiful grounds and diverse cultural and learning opportunities available at the Fort. At Fort Worden, East Jefferson County residents can complete their Associate of Arts Degree, Associate of Applied Science Degree, or a number of technical certificates without leaving home. Basic Education, English as a Second Language, and GED classes; a variety of Community Enrichment classes; and Professional Development and Business Training round out the local offerings. A full range of student services is available
Peninsula College celebrated its 50th Anniversary during the 2011-2012 academic year. The college was founded in 1961 because a group of local citizens wanted to be able to continue their educations without having to travel great distances to college centers in Bremerton or across Puget Sound. The first classes were held in a small building on the Port Angeles High School campus, but the number of students who enrolled in the college quickly became more than the available facilities could accommodate, and plans were soon underway to build a permanent campus elsewhere in the city.
Construction of the new campus began in 1964, and a year later the first classes were held on the present site of Peninsula College with additional classes being offered all across our district. Today, the main campus spreads out over 75 acres of land in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains, overlooking the city of Port Angeles and its busy, international harbor.
Our facilities include a Student Services Center; Maier Hall, our Arts and Humanities Building, completed in 2011; Keegan Hall, our Science and Technology Building and a Longhouse, both completed in 2007; a Library, completed in 2008; the Learning Center, which includes a computer lab, a math lab, and a writing lab; a Ceramics Studio, and the student union building, known as the Pirate Union Building or PUB. The PUB houses a theater, art gallery, food services, a campus store, lounge area, Internet café, performance areas, and student government offices.
Maier Hall is the largest building on campus, at 62,950 square feet. The intimate 130-seat performance hall is the centerpiece of the facility. Outfitted with the latest in sound and lighting equipment, it has been physically shaped to provide superb acoustics and ideal conditions for music, lectures, or poetry readings. Completely equipped art and ceramic studios and spacious music practice and rehearsal rooms allow students to fully explore all of the arts and discover talents they may not be aware they have. Rounding out the facility are classrooms, a Basic Education Center, faculty offices, and a learning lab area that includes computer, math, English, and foreign language labs.
The 56,000 square-foot Keegan Hall Science and Technology Building contains a lecture hall, 13 labs, five classrooms, faculty offices, and two conference rooms in two separate wings—a Science Wing and a Technology Wing.
Situated between Maier Hall and Keegan Hall is a signature art and water sculpture that invites students and visitors alike to sit for a moment or an hour in a calm, relaxing atmosphere that echoes the natural environment of the Olympic Peninsula. Seven of the most prominent mountain peaks in the Olympic Mountain
range have been recreated in aluminum and mounted on basalt columns that are situated in water pools. The effect is an oasis of calm and reflection in the middle of a busy campus.
Standing in a grove of cedar trees, the Peninsula College Longhouse was the first longhouse in the nation built on a community college campus. The vision of a Longhouse as a center for cultural expression and educational achievement for all students and community members has collaboratively been woven together by Peninsula College and the six local tribes: Hoh, Quileute, Makah, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Jamestown S’Klallam, and Lower Elwha Klallam.
In 2007, leaders from the six local tribes and the College opened ʔaʔk̓ ʷustəƞáwt̓ xʷ, “House of Learning”, Longhouse with a cedar bark ribbon-cutting ceremony. This ceremony was the culmination of more than two years of planning and construction and honored important tribal and community relationships.
In fall 2010, tribal leaders, elders and youth from all six tribal nations and community members joined Peninsula College to witness and celebrate the historic raising of a 20-foot Welcome Pole at the entrance to the Longhouse. The Welcome Pole was carved on campus by Jamestown S’Klallam master carver, Jeff Monson, from a pole graciously donated by the Lower Elwha Tribe.
The 26,680 square-foot Library is a central teaching-learning resource with a smart classroom, individual and group study areas, conference rooms, print and electronic collections, and research workstations. Students are able to engage in reading, studying, and collaborative learning processes.
In August, 2014 Peninsula College celebrated the grand reopening of our Forks campus in a new, state of the art facility.
In 2016, the college will open a newly renovated building on the Fort Worden campus in Port Townsend and a new Allied Health and Early Childhood Development Building on the Port Angeles campus.
Our Student Body
At Peninsula College there is no “typical” student. Our vibrant, diverse student body comes from all over the United States and 16 different countries. And like you, they come for a variety of educational purposes. Some are recent high school graduates who want to pursue a transfer degree, some are returning to school to earn their Bachelor in Applied Science at Peninsula College, some are Running Start students. Still others are returning for career retraining, to brush up on their job skills, to get their GED, to take ESL courses, to learn how to work with computers, or to take personal enrichment courses. But no matter why they are here, they all want the same thing—a quality education at a price they can afford.
Once our students arrive at Peninsula College, they quickly discover that college is more than just books. It’s also a time to explore, to experiment with new interests, and even to discover hidden talents, such as writing or drama. In fact, once our students venture into unfamiliar areas, they often discover their own passion for learning.
PC Pirate Athletics
The Peninsula College athletic program is among the strongest in the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC). With just four teams, the Pirates are a program to be reckoned with, winning three conference championships and one NWAC title in 2014-15. The women’s basketball team won the NWAC championship, the women’s soccer team finished second in the NWAC, the men’s basketball team captured third, and the men’s soccer team reached the quarterfinals.
The Pirates’ men’s soccer team has established itself as an NWAC soccer superpower with 10 straight trips to the playoffs, six Final Four appearances, seven West Division championships – and, in 2010, 2012 and 2013, NWAC championships! After getting knocked out in the NWAC quarterfinal playoffs in 2014, new head coach Cale Rodriguez and his staff have assembled a recruiting class that has the potential to blend with a talented returning squad to get back to the Final Four in 2015.
Peninsula College launched women’s soccer in 2010, and the Pirates made an immediate impact on NWAC. Head coach Kanyon Anderson directed a squad of 15 freshmen women to a second-place finish in the West Division and a spot in the NWAC playoffs and then, in only their second year, took the team all the way to the NWAC championship game, finishing the year with a West Division championship and a second place trophy. He was named NWAC Coach of the Year. By year three, the Pirates were ranked No. 10 in the nation, repeated as West Division champions and won Peninsula’s first-ever women’s NWAC championship. The Pirates then repeated as West Division Champions and NWAC Champions in 2013. Peninsula College became the first college in NWAC history to win back-to-back men’s and women’s soccer championships. In 2014, the Pirate women’s team placed second, missing out on a three-peat by one goal in a 1-0 setback to Everett in the NWAC championship. The Pirates were ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation.
The soccer teams play on Sigmar Field, arguably the best field in the NWAC. With the extraordinary artificial turf field, the reputation of our coaching staff, and the quality of education, Peninsula College has become a destination college for high school soccer standouts.
The Peninsula College basketball program also has an excellent reputation across the region. The men’s team is a perennial North Division powerhouse. The Pirates broke through in 2011 to claim Peninsula’s first NWAC Championship since 1970. The Pirates were on their way to a repeat of that season in 2012, but had to settle for fourth place. They qualified for the tournament again in 2013, but again fell short of the title, despite being ranked in the top 10 most of the season. The Pirates began a new era under Head Basketball Coach Mitch Freeman in 2013-14 and just missed the playoffs, placing fifth in the North Division. In 2014- 15, Coach Freeman helped guide his team back into the playoffs with a fourth-place finish in conference play and then surprised the NWAC by capturing a third-place trophy at the 2015 NWAC Basketball Tournament.
The Peninsula College women’s basketball team just keeps getting better and better. The Pirates have qualified for the NWAC Championship Basketball Tournament four straight years and in 2014-2015 head coach Alison Crumb led the Pirate women’s basketball team to their first NWAC Championship in the history of PC women’s basketball. Coach Crumb was named NWAC Coach of the Year. In her sixth year as head coach, Crumb has established herself as one of the young professionals to watch in the intercollegiate basketball community and is quietly building a program that, like soccer, is becoming a destination program for high school basketball standouts from up and down the west coast.
Off the field, Peninsula College athletes participate in community service projects and play a significant role in the development of young players through the Peninsula Soccer Academy and Peninsula Basketball Camps, as well as engagement in elementary, middle school and high school mentorship programs and school clinics.
Opportunities in the Arts and Sciences
Students seeking transfer degrees will find many exciting opportunities to explore and develop passions for the full range of academic and artistic pursuits. Each year their talents are celebrated through a week-long Spring Festival of Student Arts, which showcases student talent and craftsmanship in a variety of areas, from acting to music to art and more! Included in the events are concerts by the PC Jazz and Vocal Ensembles, poetry and prose readings, a special Student Art show, a Junk Art Welding show, and an end-of-term concert by the Music Department.
Peninsula College Honors students work independently with faculty mentors on capstone projects which the students present each spring to the campus and community at the spring Honors Symposium. In addition, Honors students sponsor events and activities through Lyceum, the Honors Club.
Our journalism students work on a prize-winning student newspaper, The Buccaneer. They also regularly attend conferences to learn more about the art of journalism.
All of our students can contribute original writing, photographs, music, and works of art to Peninsula College’s award-winning literary arts magazine, Tidepools, which observed its 50th Anniversary in 2014 with the printing of a double issue. Volume One featured works by several North Olympic Peninsula residents, and Volume Two combined the best of the last 50 years of publication with new works by regional writers and artists. In 2014, Tidepools also introduced a Kindle version of the magazine.
In 2015, it was published as a boxed set. Cash prizes are awarded to first, second, and third place winners. All of the contributors are honored with a reception in the spring and give several readings in our local communities.
Numerous research and travel opportunities are available to our science students, who study and work in Keegan Hall, our Science and Technology Building. Research opportunities abound on the Peninsula. Outstanding outdoor facilities, such as Olympic National Park and state and national forests, encourage scientific inquiry and lead to exciting projects. But this is only the start; many more opportunities exist and are waiting to be explored.
The Peninsula College Honors Program is a one-of-a-kind experience designed for highly motivated students who seek to be engaged in an intensive learning process where they make connections among ideas while developing critical thinking skills as they pursue an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree. If you are excited about learning, want to study with classmates who share your enthusiasm, and desire an opportunity to work with faculty mentors to explore your intellectual interests, the Peninsula College Honors Program is for you. Students apply their mastery of knowledge to the design and completion of a comprehensive capstone project.
Commitment to Diversity
At Peninsula College, a public institution committed to lifelong learning, we recognize the changing communities we serve. Our goal is to seek, involve, and value diverse peoples—their contributions, perspectives, and potentials—and to nurture those threads of common experience and desire that unify differences. To this end, we are committed to cultural and personal diversity and to valuing individual differences. Through positive effort and attention, we work to integrate diversity throughout the college.
Peninsula College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Department of Education. PC’s accreditation was reaffirmed in 2012. The next full scale accreditation evaluation for Peninsula College will take place in fall 2018.
Accreditation by NWCCU indicates that Peninsula College meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.
Accreditation by NWCCU applies to the institution as a whole. It provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates.
Inquiries regarding PC’s accredited status should be directed to PC’s administrative staff or by contacting: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities 8060 165th Avenue NE, Ste. 100 Redmond, WA 98052 (425) 558-4224 http://www.nwccu.org