Peninsula College is a community college located in Port Angeles, Washington with satellite operations in Forks and Port Townsend. Founded in 1961, it serves the Olympic Peninsula. Peninsula College has approximately 10,000 students, two-thirds of whom attend part-time.
In 2011, Peninsula College celebrated 50 years of service. 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 new Arts and Humanities Building, completed in 2011; a new Science and Technology Building and a Longhouse, both completed in 2007; a new Library/Media Center, completed in 2008; computer labs; a lecture hall; and a student union building, known as the Pirate Union Building or PUB. The PUB houses a theater, art gallery, food services, a bookstore, lounge area, Internet cafï¿½, performance areas, and student government offices.
We respect all families and acknowledge that the parent is the childï¿½s first teacher. While children are in our care our goal is to provide a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment for all children. This includes: Providing opportunities for children to develop their social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and language skills. Serving nutritious meals for optimal development. We believe that children learn best by active exploration in a child-centered classroom. Our role as educators is to help young children use the environment productively so the children see themselves as successful and capable learners. Our responsibility as educators is to be lifelong learners so our practices reflect current research in the field of Early Childhood Education.