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Olympic College enriches our diverse communities through quality education and support so students achieve their educational goals.
Two years ago, Olympic College welding student Josh Daley was homeless. Today, he's on the path to a career he's passionate about and he credits Olympic College, the Olympic College Foundation, the Coffee Oasis in Poulsbo and a caring community with helping him turn his life around. In January, he was one of five community college students across the state to be recognized with a Transforming Lives Award by the Washington State Association of College Trustees. It truly took a community effort to help Josh. His caseworker at Coffee Oasis helped him find housing and encouraged him to think about the future. The OC Foundation provided him with a scholarship and connected him with programs at the college that covered his books, welding helmet and safety equipment. Josh was a poor student in high school but he's been successful at OC because he's found something he loves to do. He expects to graduate in 2018 and is excited about his job prospects. Here's what Josh has to say about his journey: "I could never have guessed I would end up on this path. I have good days and bad, but what keeps me going is that I have a community of people who believe in me. Having people believe in me when I didn’t believe in myself is what set it all in motion for me. It’s what changed my life. Here’s what I would tell other students who are wondering if they can go to community college – you can do it! I found a lot of support at OC. Believe in yourself and know there are people there for you and you can succeed. Be willing to ask for help. See what’s out there. I did and it changed my life."
By making a meaningful gift, you help us in four key areas: Scholarships: The Olympic College Foundation gives over 135 scholarships annually, and demand is always increasing. The workforce is changing - many newly created jobs require postsecondary education. The financial burden of college is the reason most people are denied a higher education. Funds for Excellence: Faculty and employees use this grant program to enrich academic experiences, purchase needed equipment, and create innovative programs for the benefit of students. Emergency Funds: The Olympic College Foundation provides funds for student emergencies and small expenses such as class fees. The Foundation also works with the Students in Need Group, which helps at-risk students stay in school by providing items such as food, toiletries, school supplies, gas cards and bus passes. Campus/Program Support: A growing student population means funding is always needed for campus facilities, equipment, and services.
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