Longtime Olympic College employee Allison Smith is the new administrator of the Shelton campus. In her expanded role, Allison oversees daily operations and works closely with the instructional deans on scheduling, program development, recruitment, promotions and more. The new position includes her previous duties as the Community Education supervisor.
In her former role overseeing Community Education, Allison’s primary office was located at the Mason Transit Authority Transit-Community Center, where OC has maintained office and classroom/lab space since 2015. In her new role, Allison will split time between the Transit-Community Center and the Shelton Campus.
“Allison was instrumental in launching our community education program at the Mason Transit-Community Center,” said Vice President for Instruction Mary Garguile. “She has worked really hard to establish herself as a valuable asset to the community through her extensive knowledge of OC programs and services.”
Among her priorities are to continue building on the momentum of the welding program, which has seen increased enrollment since the completion of the John Bremer Welding Center in 2017.
“We’ve seen good growth in our welding program,” she said. “But I want to make sure that everyone in Shelton knows that we have a whole lot to offer in addition to welding. For example, our business management associate in technical arts articulates directly to the Evergreen State College, resulting in a seamless transition for our students.”
Students who plan to transfer to a university can complete their first two years at OC Shelton and use the direct transfer agreement to transfer to a university as a junior. Students looking to enter the workforce can earn short-term certificates and associate degrees in a variety of growing fields like medical receptionist, computer information systems, business management and many more.
For those who never completed high school, OC Shelton has several options including GED preparation and the popular High School 21+ program where students over the age of 21 can complete their high school diplomas.
The college thanks Teresa McDermott, Associate Dean for Basic Studies and Career Services, for ably serving the Shelton Campus as director since January 2011. As the Associate Dean, Teresa will provide leadership for Basic Studies (ABE, GED, ESOL, and High School Diploma (21+), and continue to remain active in important initiatives that support the Shelton campus.