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E D U C AT I O N CREDIT PROGRAMS • Degrees & Certificates • Online Courses • Summer Session

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS • Academy for Lifelong Learning • Professional Development • Western Lecture Series • Youth Programs

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS • Language and Culture Programs

COMMUNITY RESOURCES • Cyber Range • SEA Discovery Center

OUTREACH SERVICES • Conferences Services • Facing the Future • Testing Center 4

“Western continues to work to fulfill its mission of serving the higher educational needs of the state of Washington.�

SABAH RANDHAWA President of Western Washington University


Western’s Role in Expanding Access to Higher Education In the next decade, an estimated 67% of the jobs in Washington State will require some form of post-secondary education. Yet only 51% of adults in Washington have a two- or four-year degree.


n a growing, competitive job market, degrees are more than a line on a resume; they are a minimum requirement. “There are about 700,000 adults in Washington who have earned some college credit, but haven’t completed a degree,” said Sabah Randhawa, president of Western Washington University. “We need to be closing that loop and providing resources and opportunities for those 700,000 people to invest in their futures, and really, all of our futures, as citizens of the state of Washington.” Access to education in one’s community can be difficult, especially with urban sprawl and placebound restrictions due to family or work, but Western is committed to answering the call. Addressing the state’s critical needs and promoting lifelong learning for success in an ever-changing world are ingrained in Western’s mission.

“Western Washington University has a mission to serve the citizens of the state, so it’s a regional university. And it’s impossible to think of all of those people that need education can come here [Bellingham], especially people that are in different life situations than an 18 or 21-year-old,” shared Lois Longwood, Senior Director of Puget Sound East. The university now has 7 locations throughout the Puget Sound region and partners with higher education institutions and community organizations to “close the loop,” especially in Kitsap where many students are place bound.

“Extended Education supports the university’s mission by implementing programming and by reaching out to learners of all ages, making those possibilities real. So the question becomes how do you do it, not can I do it.” - Lois Longwood, Senior Director of Puget Sound East




Western’s Locations Western Washington University’s outreach has been advanced through partnerships with community colleges and community centers. Western can help you reach your educational goals by maximizing its strengths with communities in the Puget Sound and Central Salish Sea regions.

WESTERN ON THE PENINSULAS »» Bremerton in partnership with Olympic College »» Port Angeles in partnership with Peninsula College »» Poulsbo in partnership with Olympic College and the SEA Discovery Center (Science Education Aquarium)

EAST SOUND »» Anacortes – Shannon Point Marine Center »» Bellingham – Main Campus »» Burien in partnership with Highline Public Schools »» Everett in partnership with the Everett University Center »» Tacoma in partnership with Tacoma School District



For Credit Programs business administration, b.a.

environmental science, b.s.


Bremerton, Everett, Port Angeles

This program prepares students for leadership roles in business and the community. Develop perceptual, analytical and decision-making skills, and gain knowledge of the social, economic and regulatory environments of business.

This program helps students acquire scientific and problem-solving skills needed to conserve and restore the natural environment. Students will investigate physical, chemical, biological and quantitative aspects of natural systems.

cybersecurity, b.s.

human services, b.a.


Everett, Distance / Online

This degree prepares individuals to fill the urgent need for trained personnel in the growing field of cybersecurity.

This program prepares students to become professionals who work to support the well-being of individuals, groups, and communities, and who plan to work towards social change and social justice throughout their careers.

educational leadership

Bremerton, Burien, Everett, Tacoma

A variety of programming prepares students for a career in school or district leadership. Western offers three programs focused on educational leadership including a Master of Education in Educational Administration, Residency Principal Certification, and Superintendent Certification. environmental policy, b.a.

Bremerton, Everett, Port Angeles

This degree prepares students to enter professional fields concerned with sustainability of the human and natural environment. Students will experience in-depth study of public policy development, environmental law and methods, and processes of policy decision-making.


master of business administration, m.b.a.


This program prepares students for professional leadership roles and career advancement. Enjoy a flexible schedule with this alternateweekend program designed for working adults. A comprehensive curriculum covers business fundamentals to enterprise decision-making. master in teaching, m.i.t.


This comprehensive and highly reputable program prepares adult students with a bachelor’s degree and prior professional experience, unrelated to the field of education, with the knowledge and skills needed to gain opportunities in the field of teaching as a middle school, junior high or high school teacher. Finish your degree in as little as seven quarters while attending evening classes.

multidisciplinary studies, b.a.

Bremerton, Port Angeles, Poulsbo

This degree provides students on the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas with a flexible academic program that incorporates past coursework, new interests and future goals into a personalized plan of study. rehabilitation counseling, m.a.


This program prepares dedicated and qualified rehabilitation counselors who will partner with individuals with disabilities to achieve personal, career, and independent-living goals. This program is fully accredited by CACREP (Council for Accrediation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs). Coursework is offered in a combination of face-toface evening and online classes. teacher education

teaching english to speakers of other languages

(tesol), certificate Distance / Online

The TESOL Certificate Program is designed to provide training in linguistics, grammar, second language acquisition, and methodology. Participants receive hands-on experience with language learners, culminating in a mentored teaching practicum, which students can complete in their home community or internationally. westernonline

Distance / Online

Flexibility and convenience are the operative words for students looking for a variety of courses and programs delivered year-round to accommodate the demands of a busy schedule. Choose from online degree programs, certificate programs, or over 50 courses in two formats.

Bremerton, Everett

A variety of teacher education programs that prepare current and future educators with the skills and knowledge to support educational growth of the diverse student population in today’s classroom. Western offers multiple programs, including: • Bachelor of Arts in Education (B.A.E.) with Education for Inclusive Environments Major. Program includes residency teacher certificate and dual endorsements in special and elementary education. • Post-Baccalaureate residency teacher certificate with elementary education endorsement, for candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree.


Community Programs professional development

youth programs

Each course, taught by industry experts, is designed to provide knowledge that can immediately be put into action within the workplace. Build your professional portfolio through Western’s variety of professional development opportunities.

Western’s Youth Programs offer students grades Pre-K–12 the opportunity to explore an academic environment through hands-on learning on a college campus.

For our most current list of offerings: • (360) 650-3308

Location: Anacortes, Bellingham, Poulsbo Explore more at: • (360) 650-3308

western lecture series

academy for lifelong learning (all)

Prominent speakers deliver talks on a variety of academic subjects designed to provoke thought, enhance understanding and inspire creativity. Each lecture spotlights a new and interesting topic, and attendance is completely free.

Uniquely structured for adult learners, the program provides short, university level courses in the humanities, current affairs, and natural and social sciences. There are no entrance requirements, tests or grades. Come learn simply for the joy of learning.

Location: Poulsbo For a list of courses visit: • (360) 394-2748

All interested adults are welcome.


Location: Bellingham, Poulsbo For a list of courses visit: • (360) 650-3308


Language and Culture Programs

asia university america program (auap) Designed for Asia University students, this language and cultural orientation program provides weekly coursework and activities in the area of English, American studies, international communications, and career exploration. Students earn credit from AU and fulfill graduation requirements.

intensive english program (iep) Western’s IEP offers a pathway for English as a Second Language (ESL) learners to study English for business or social purposes, or to prepare for degree study at Western. Small classes and community activities provide students with a highly immersive American experience.


international youth programs Western has welcomed international youth in grades 4-12 to its campus since 2008. Through interactive courses and activities, students expand their academic knowledge and experience American culture in a safe, friendly, and beautiful environment.

custom language and culture programs Collaborate with our experienced staff to create a custom adult or youth cultural exchange program that meets your specific needs. Opportunities include academic pursuits, cultural activities with local community members, and field trips to regional locations.





SEA Discovery Center Located in Poulsbo, the SEA Discovery Center is a public aquarium and hands-on learning center featuring marine life and habitats from the Pacific Northwest.


n 2016, the long-standing center was officially transferred to Western as part of the university’s expanding programs around the Puget Sound region. SEA Discovery Center is an active hub for community engagement, providing opportunities for service-learning, science


communication, and internships for students from many disciplines including environmental science, environmental studies, and education majors. More than 10,000 visitors a year enjoy exploring the colorful sea life that is native to the Puget Sound. Western partners with the City of Poulsbo to continue the mission of supporting marine education at the Poulsbo waterfront, furthering the university’s commitment to provide for the educational needs of learners of all ages. “People have a larger appreciation for what they can touch rather than just what they can look at,” explained SEA’s Executive Director Sylvia Yang. “Water is the one thing that connects us all and this center allows everyone to cultivate

their inner scientist through authentic scientific practices.” Visit us at: 18743 Front Street NE, Poulsbo (360) 598-4460

Veteran Services Western has a long tradition of making college affordable for families and helping students save money through a variety of financial aid options, claims Western’s Admissions department.


aking tuition affordable is especially true for active military and veterans. At the end of the 2016-17 school year, with the help of the Veteran Completion Tuition Waiver, Western graduated several veterans who did not have to take on significant debt to finish their degrees. Of those students, 67% were located at one of Western’s several locations throughout the Puget Sound region. Since fall 2016, military veterans attending Western on the GI Bill can keep going even if their veteran’s benefits run out before they finish their bachelor’s degree. “For the veterans who run out of benefits, it is so frustrating, because they are pursuing a degree they care about and have an end career goal in mind,” said Ann Beck, Western’s Assistant Director of Veteran’s Services. “They are committed to the Western community and we want to show them the same commitment with this waiver. We want to see them through to the end.”

Western is the first institution in the state to cover full tuition and fees for undergraduates who have exhausted their education benefits. To learn more about Western’s Veteran Services or the waiver, visit:

RESOURCES FOR ACTIVEDUTY MILITARY PERSONNEL AND VETERANS »» Special Tuition Rate for Active Duty Personnel »» Veteran Tuition Waiver »» Credit for Military Training »» Military Friendly School »» Priority Registration »» Dedicated Staff


Conference Services Looking to host an academic event at Western?


xtended Education’s Conference Services team is available year-round to assist with academic events including conferences, training workshops, and symposiums. Some of the largest annual events hosted by Western include: The Energy Symposium - Western Institute for Energy Studies hosts an annual Energy Symposium to foster connection and idea-sharing between students and energy industry professionals. Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference - The largest, most comprehensive event of its kind in the region.


The purpose of the conference is to assemble scientists, First Nations and tribal government representatives, resource managers, community and business leaders, policy makers, educators, and students to present the latest scientific research on the state of the ecosystem, and to guide future actions for protecting and restoring the Salish Sea ecosystem. Children’s Literature Conference - This event has become an annual tradition for many, where teachers and librarians, readers and writers gather to celebrate and learn about children’s literature. Learn more about why you should choose Western for your conference venue at

Testing Center Among the many services that Extended Education provides, the Testing Center located in Bellingham supports your testing needs. The Testing Center provides high quality and secure testing services for students, graduates, professionals and those from the local and regional community.

THE TESTING CENTER: »» Administers and proctors exams for independent study courses »» Provides distance learning exams for both Western students and students attending other universities »» Provides information on national testing programs »» Maintains records of entrance test scores »» Administers and proctors course challenge examinations

The Testing Center subscribes to the NCTA (National College Testing Association) Professional Standards and Guidelines for Post-Secondary Test Centers and is a member of NCTA and CCTC (Consortium of College Testing Centers). The WWU Testing Center adheres to the standards and guidelines of the National College Testing Association (NCTA) and the Consortium of College Testing Centers (CCTC). Explore more at

»» Assists students with graduate school entrance exams through online courses


Curriculum For Our Future It may be unexpected for a university to have a K-12 publishing company but when you have amazing writers, talented graphic artists and a passion for creating curriculum, why not bring that symphony of creativity to life?


hat is exactly what Western did with Facing the Future. Facing the Future develops and publishes educational resources focused on global sustainability and provides educators with materials designed to inspire students’ interest and responsiveness to the complex issues of sustainability. At its core, Facing the Future introduces fundamental concepts and strategies associated with sustainability

and a comprehensive understanding about the interconnection of environment, culture, society and economy. Today’s world demands a global outlook in every subject and every classroom. As educators, our task is to help give students the skills, tools, and perspectives to become fulfilled human beings, responsible global citizens, and effective stewards of a sustainable future.

Teachers can choose from an assortment of curricula, inspired by big ideas including: »» Connecting with Nature »» Interconnectedness »» Local to Global »» Health and Resiliency »» Peace and Collaboration »» Equity and Justice »» Respect for Limits »» Universal Responsibility

See all available titles and explore our mission at


Keith Kelly, Program Coordinator, Steve Hollenhorst, Dean of Huxley



Opportunities in the East Puget Sound region are growing. Western, along with other university partners, celebrated the grand opening of the new Everett University Center on August 15, 2017.


Educational Opportunities Expand in Everett E

ducational opportunities in Everett expanded with the opening of the Everett University Center. Western occupies the third floor of the four-story, 95,000 square foot building. The center is located at 915 N. Broadway, across from Everett Community College. Facilities include engineering and computer laboratories, active learning and general classrooms, a tiered-lecture hall, a math and writing tutoring center, an enrollment services center, a café operated by Bargreen Coffee, administrative and faculty offices, and various rooms for students to study and work collaboratively. In addition to new spaces for learning, Western added new housing options for students in Everett. Over the Summer of 2017, Extended Education secured an agreement so that students can move into Everett Community College’s two residence halls. “In 1986, Western brought programs to Everett for students in Snohomish and Island counties who wanted to continue their education. We now have 12 bachelor’s and master’s degree options. Giving our students an option for housing was the logical next step,” said Lois Longwood, Senior Director of Puget Sound East. Most students who transfer to one of Western’s programs start their education at Everett Community College, Longwood explained, so it’s helpful for students to have the option to continue living in campus housing. Rent includes furnished rooms, utilities, free wifi, 24-hour support from live-in staff, secured access and activities for residents. Students can choose a single room with a private bathroom in Mountain View or four-bedroom, three-bedroom or studio apartments in Cedar Hall. Applications for the buildings are accepted year-round. For more information and to apply, visit Western has also responded to growing workforce needs by providing advanced degrees at the Everett location in a variety of fields with evening classes to accommodate busy lifestyles. The Weekend MBA program, for example, meets for 20 weekends a year, making a career stepping stone obtainable to many more people.


Mountain Research Skills Certificate Program In January 2018, Western’s Mountain Environments Research Institute (MERI) launched a certificate program in mountain research skills aiming to train the next generation of scientists interested in working in remote environments.



rganizers say the program addresses a critical need identified by groups such as the U.S. Forest Service and is the only one of its kind in the U.S. Participants gain essential wilderness and science skills, work on real-world field projects domestically and internationally, and gain professional experience with a variety of mountain institute partners. “We engage students in mountain research as educators and researchers, learners and stewards,” said Dr. John All, director of MERI at Western. “The work we do occurs both locally in the Northwest as well as internationally in places like Nepal, Peru, and Costa Rica.” Program goals focus on fostering development of research skills specific to remote or mountain environments. “Students experience the benefits of interdisciplinary studies while mastering

field research methodologies,” All said. The certificate aims to provide pathways to graduate study of mountain environments and working with agencies like the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service. Instructors educate students on the importance of mountain research and its potential to inform public policy. Students may start the certificate program coursework at the beginning of any academic quarter. Information can be found online at: https://


Defining The Western Experience In Fall 2017, Extended Education surveyed students to get their perspective on their experience at Western. Here is what they said:


EE Wins Marketing ExcellenceAwards Western’s Extended Education Marketing Department won four UPCEA (University Professional and Continuing Education) Marketing Awards, including two Golds, considered one of the association’s highest honors. The awards included: »» Gold winner in the most improved category – “Extended Education New Website” »» Gold winner in the miscellaneous print pieces category – “Veterans Flyer” »» Silver winner in the most improved category – “Flyer to Brochure” (Western on the Peninsulas) »» Bronze winner in the miscellaneous print pieces category – “#WWUhowtostudent Coloring Sheets”

“It is a thrill for us, as a team, to be recognized for those efforts,” commented Rebecca Beardsall, Senior Director of Marketing, Publishing and Conferences for Extended Education. “Many thanks to Courtney, Amanda, Elissa, Jean, Mark, Denise, and our many students who bring creativity and innovation to our marketing.” The marketing team is proud to support all the efforts of Extended Education and to create the awareness of educational programing throughout Puget Sound. To learn more about available programs visit

Amanda Robertson, Extended Education Communications Consultant, attended the annual UPCEA marketing conference in early December 2017 to accept the awards on behalf of the team.


Western Leads the Charge in Cybersecurity Training Western will complete construction on the state’s first Cyber Range, a controlled virtual environment for cyber warfare defense and cyber technology training, in Poulsbo in late 2018. The rise of cyber-attacks and a heightened awareness of network vulnerability, coupled with a shortage of trained cybersecurity professionals, is creating serious consequences for individuals, corporations, and government agencies seeking to protect sensitive information. Western has responded to this need for qualified cybersecurity experts by building out its own training facility. Students from all


over Washington State will be able to practice cybersecurity exercises and test technologies in a controlled virtual environment at Western’s location on Olympic College’s Poulsbo campus. This Cyber Range is the first of its kind in Washington and one of only nine in the nation. “This facility allows for cybersecurity exercises, such as penetration testing and virus dissection, to be conducted in a way where there is no risk of creating problems on the network,” said Erik Fretheim, program director for Western’s Cybersecurity program. The new facility caught the eye of big businesses like Boeing. In July 2017, the aircraft manufacturing company gifted the university fifty computer servers to use in the range. “As a large multi-national corporation, Boeing recognizes the risks in the worldwide cyber ecology and the need to help educate those who will protect us all,” commented Boeing

employee Marie Deschene. “We are continuing to work on creating partnerships between the range and private companies that will provide resources to help students learn cybersecurity skills, while at the same time companies will benefit from the opportunity to test their equipment in a contained environment,” said Fretheim. Cybersecurity is a growing field, with professionals in huge demand due to a projected 1.5-million trained-employee labor shortage through at least 2019, according to an industry source. Western is making great strides in cybersecurity training.“As I discuss the Cyber Range with my colleagues from other schools, they quickly recognize the advantages, and that we could create a shared resource that could do far more than what any of us could create individually,” Fretheim said.

Caption: Erik Fretheim, Program Director for Western’s Cybersecurity program.

Fretheim is leading the charge to make the range not only a pillar for Kitsap County but as a resource for all colleges and universities in the state.


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