Western on the Peninsulas Introduces Student Success Specialist

Heather Hutchins

Western Washington University is dedicated to the success of current and future students. Heather Hutchins is the Student Success Specialist for Western Washington University on the Peninsulas (WotP) degree programs. Her mission is to guide students on degree offerings and available resources that help students reach their academic goals. Before joining Western, Heather was employed at Olympic College as a program supervisor for the Veteran Services Office. Her experience at Olympic College gives her unique insights into the community college transfer process and helps her to assist students in a seamless transition into a university.

Some of the common questions Heather receives when meeting with potential students:


Where are the programs or degrees available on the Peninsulas?

To learn more about each of the programs, please click on the program titles above to visit program websites.


What times of the day are classes held?

Business Administration: Afternoon
Multidisciplinary Studies: Flexible schedule
Human Services: Online
Elementary and Special Education: Evening
Early Childhood Education: Evening
Business and Sustainability: Afternoon and Evening
Environmental Science: Evening and Weekends
Environmental Policy: Evening and Weekends
Cybersecurity: Afternoon


How often are the classes?

Most programs offer classes between two and three times per week.


How long does it take to complete the program?

Most degree programs can be completed in under 8 quarters when transferring into Western with an Associate (DTA-Direct Transfer Agreement) from a Washington State community college or equivalent Associate degree.


What types of student services do Western on the Peninsulas students have access to?

Students attending WotP programs in Poulsbo have access to the tutoring services provided by Olympic College.  Students also have access to a Student Success Specialist who can assist them in a variety of ways during their time at Western. 


Why would a student choose Western on the Peninsulas?

There are many reasons that a student might choose to attend Western on the Peninsulas -small class sizes, proximity to home, military friendly, cost effective, etc.


How much are the classes?

Costs per credit vary by location and program. Please review the current tuition and fee schedule on the Student Business Office’s website


Is financial aid available?

Western has a dedicated financial aid office which can give guidance on available grants, scholarships, student employment, loans, or some combination of aid programs.  For more information contact the

Financial Aid Services Center at financialaid@wwu.edu or (360) 650-3470.

In addition, there are special tuition rates available to all active duty personnel eligible for an approved Military Tuition Assistance (MTA) program. For more information contact the Veteran Affairs Office at Veterans.Affairs@wwu.edu or (360) 650-3324.


How do I get started?

The best way to explore your options is to speak with an academic adviser. Each program has an adviser to help you navigate the admissions process and answer any additional questions you may have about the program.

Program Advisor Contact Information
Business Administration Crystal Cline Complete a program inquiry form (360) 394-2707
Multidisciplinary Studies Heather Hutchins Complete a program inquiry form (360) 394-2733
Elementary and Special Education Lilla Bodo Complete a program inquiry form (360) 475-7269
Early Childhood Education Jessica Kirchhofer Contact Jessica by email (360) 394-2712
Business and Sustainability Crystal Cline Contact Crystal by email (360) 394-2707
Environmental Science Nancy Bluestein-Johnson Complete a program inquiry form (360) 417-6521
Environmental Policy Nancy Bluestein-Johnson Complete a program inquiry form (360) 417-6521
Cybersecurity Crystal Cline Complete a program inquiry form (360) 394-2707
Human Services Lilla Bodo Complete a program inquiry form (360) 475-7269

Have general questions? You can meet with Heather in person.

  • Bremerton: Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Poulsbo: Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Port Angeles: Rotating schedule, please call (360) 394-2733 to inquire.