Higher Education

Higher Education

Representative Drew Hansen chairs the House Higher Education Committee, where he focuses on helping students complete college so they will be prepared for good jobs.  Before he entered the Legislature, Representative Drew Hansen served for six years on the board of the Olympic College Foundation, helping students from Kitsap County train for new careers.  Representative Hansen’s legislative accomplishments on higher education include:

  • Securing new funding to expand the engineering program at Olympic College, doubling the number of engineering degrees produced in Kitsap County
  • Sponsoring a bill to require colleges and universities to offer early course registration to veterans and National Guard members, which will help veterans and National Guard members to enroll in the classes they need to train for new jobs and new careers (HB 1109, signed into law Apr. 25, 2013)
  • Supporting funding for the design of a new College Instructional Center at Olympic College in Bremerton to expand space for students seeking degrees in professional technology programs like pharmacy technology, digital multi-media, and health.
  • Sponsoring a bill to help more low-income kids train for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (HB 2612, signed into law Apr. 3, 2014)
  • Co-sponsoring legislation to expand the Aerospace Training Student Loan Program, a program that helps people access the education they need to prepare for careers in aerospace
  • Supporting legislation that helps colleges operate more efficiently by streamlining contracting practices at colleges and eliminating unnecessary administrative requirements
  • Supporting legislation that ensures transparency for students regarding school activity and service fees