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2011 ExecutivE Education & Career Advancement Guide

2011 ExecutivE Education & Career Advancement Guide

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     UH Community Colleges are known for hands-on learning
     environments with the latest equipment in state-of-the-art
     facilities, ensuring that graduates are prepared for the
     ever-changing workplace.
     Photo: Courtesy of Mike Curb Mele Studio,
     Honolulu Community College

University of Hawai'i Community Colleges

Preparing Tomorrow's Workforce for the Changing World

The University of Hawai'i Community Colleges' (UHCC) innovative curriculum and training are now considered the launching pads for future managers, executives and professional leaders.

UHCC faculty work continuously to advance their fields and improve the world around us through their scholarly research, entrepreneurial spirit and relentless pursuit of new ideas. So, it goes without saying that when businesses and industries need help keeping pace with the world, they turn to the community colleges for a skilled and knowledgeable workforce.

Through partnerships with business and government organizations, UHCC has quickly implemented new training programs to help support Hawai'i's diverse industries.

Partnerships working for you

A prime example is the UHCC Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training (PCATT)—a consortium of the University of Hawai'i's seven community colleges, based at Honolulu Community College. PCATT partners with leading technology companies to offer customized training for businesses, organizations and industry associations. PCATT is one of the first site of the Cisco Regional Academies worldwide, and proud to be the first VMware IT Academy in Hawai'i. It hosts hundreds of high school and post-secondary faculty at various summer institutes to keep educators abreasted of new technologies.

     New programs at the community colleges are preparing
     the next generation of workers for green industries.
     Photovoltsic Panel Installation Project, UH Maui College

Going green

Millions of dollars in federal grants are flowing through the community colleges to create the curriculum and implement training in green technology. Some may call it green intervention; others simply call it smart business.

"Unlike other institutions, we have the ability to quickly implement innovative curriculum and programs to help support Hawai'i's development of clean, diverse industries," said Scott Murakami, director of workforce development at the University of Hawai'i Community Colleges. "And, since we have campuses and educational centers on every island, we can go statewide with training, and at times, we've gone national and international with some of the curriculum that we've developed."

"For small business owners and middle managers, training at the community colleges is the best educational value that meets all industry and national standards," said Murakami.

Interest and demand in renewable energy sparked the curriculum develop-ment and training for photovoltaic panel installation and design at the community colleges. University of Hawai'i Maui College introduced the Sustainable Construction Technology program that integrates the new field of photovoltaic panel installation. Hawai'i and Kaua'i Community Colleges have also stepped up its renewable energy programs with photovoltaic training.

Leeward Community College has redefined green jobs through its Process Technology program, an initiative developed in cooperation with HECO, AES, Caltrol, Chevron, H-Power and Tesoro. The program prepares individuals for careers in the operation of equipment and systems associated with the processing of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, energy, oil, gas, water, waste, food, beverage, renewable energy and power, to name a few.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

While the world is catching up in green technology, Windward Community College already had "green" in mind when it started offering a comprehensive biotechnology program a decade ago. Led by Professor Ingelia White, the program, which prepares students for careers in agribiotechnology and other biosciences, has grown to include a bioprocessing medical garden complex and two certificate programs in agripharmatech being offered this fall.

Kapi'olani Community College continues to enhance its STEM programs to help more students transfer to baccalaureate programs in Engineering, Math and the Sciences.

Stepping up, moving forward

There is no doubt that the community colleges have grown beyond the traditional offerings in career and technical training and liberal arts education. UHCC has stepped up its programs with an infusion of advanced technology, new curriculum and innovative teaching. UH Maui College now offers two baccalaureate degrees in Applied Science in Applied Business and Information Technology (ABIT), and Engineering Technology (BAS ENGT). In addition, the University and Education Centers on Kaua'i, Maui and Hawai'i offer students access to baccalaureate and graduate level courses and programs through partnerships with UH Manoa, West O'ahu and Hilo.

So, whether you're a working profes-sional who needs to brush up on new technology or want to prepare for a career change, the UH Community Colleges can help you redefine your place in this changing world.

 

uhcc.hawaii.edu
Two Summer Sessions:
May 23–July 1 and July 5–August 12
Now accepting applications for Fall 2011

 

 

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