Category Archives: Education & Training

Kitsap tech summit features Apple executive


Improving technology education in Washington will be the subject of an upcoming summit in Suquamish.

The discussion, hosted by the West Sound Technology Association, will feature Renee Radcliff 168Sinclair, leader of strategic initiatives for Apple Inc. and a former state representative.

Other participants include U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, Olympic College President Dr. David Mitchell, and WSTA Director Charles Keating.

They’ll discuss how technology is transforming student learning and and whether state education policy is keeping up.

The program runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 16 at Clearwater Casino. Pre-registration is requested. See full information here.

Poultry and pork classes offered for small producers


Want to propagate poultry or profit from pigs?

The Washington State University Extension is offering a good place to start. The extension will host day-long classes on chicken and pig rearing July 11 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

0528_KSLO_PoulsboBeer28538_t607The classes, titled Pork 100 and Poultry 100, are intended as primers for farmers interested in expanding into livestock production or refreshers for experienced producers. Each intensive class is eight hours.

WSU instructors will also teach a Youth Livestock Quality Assurance course at the fairgrounds July 11. The class for young producers and 4-H participants covers all aspects of livestock production with an emphasis on meeting quality assurance standards.

Topics addressed in the classes include nutrition, management on pasture, breed selection, genetics and reproduction basics, production and marketing and health.

Courses are taught by WSU Extension meat and livestock specialists. Each course will also feature a panel of local producers discussing livestock in Washington.

Click here for information.

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Olympic College debuts fashion marketing classes this fall

blog.ocStyle-minded students can receive a certificate in Fashion Marketing at Olympic College in Bremerton beginning this fall.

According to a news release, the program will provide students entry-level skills in the fashion industry, with courses addressing various market segments, visual merchandizing techniques, costume history and fashion styling.

“Many entry-level opportunities are available in Fashion Marketing, both in the Puget Sound Region and nationally,” said Stacy Patrick, clothing store owner and member of the newly-formed Fashion Marketing Advisory Committee. “This new OC certificate could provide just the boost a creative student needs.”

The lead instructor is Deborah de Beauchamp.

The first two five-credit classes available this fall are “Intro to Fashion” and “Visual Merchandising and Promotion.”

For information, go to, call (360) 475-7555, or email de Beauchamp at

Pinchot steps down as president of Pinchot university

Pinchot-lockup_2color_rgbLast month, Bainbridge Graduate Institute announced the creation of Pinchot, a university that includes BGI and several other programs.

Now the new Pinchot university has announced changes in its leadership, including a new position for its namesake founder.

Founding BGI President Gifford Pinchot III is transitioning into an emeritus position as “intrapreneur in residence.” BGI co-founder Jill Bamburg was named president. The transition was given an “enthusiastic blessing” Gifford and Libba Pinchot, according to a news release.

You can read more about leadership changes at Pinchot here.

Pinchot university includes BGI, Organizational Systems Renewal, and the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship. The university is headquartered in downtown Seattle. BGI continues to hold programs at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island.

Bainbridge Graduate Institute launches Pinchot university

Bainbridge Graduate Institute announced the creation of a new university called Pinchot on Thursday.

Pinchot will encompass several educational programs, including BGI, leadership school Organizational Systems Renewal, and professional development program Pinchot Edge. MBAs will be offered in sustainable business and sustainable systems, as well as a master’s in organizational leadership through OSR.

Pinchot will give students access to a broader range of disciplines, according to a news release. The university is positioning itself as an “incubator for students who hope to drive change from within major corporations and organizations, or become social entrepreneurs.”

“Graduates need the ability to do business in a way that brings about the changes they hope to see in the world,” said Gifford Pinchot III, who co-founded BGI and the new Pinchot university. “To do this they need a holistic combination of financial acumen, sales skills, marketing savvy, sustainable operations and leadership skills.”

Pinchot courses will combine online and in-person learning. Programs will be offered in Seattle and on Bainbridge Island.

Read the full Pinchot announcement here.