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2012 Education & Career Advancement Guide

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University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges

Offering More Options In Higher Education & Training

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 by Peter T. Owen)

The University of Hawai’i Community Colleges’ (UHCC) innovative programs are now considered the launching pads for future leaders in business and industry. UHCC entrepreneurial spirit and relentless pursuit of fresh ideas fuel the development of new academic programs and workforce training.


With new advances in technology transcending across every industry in the nation, the community college’s role in training and educating Hawai’i’s workforce is more vital than ever before.

“Workforce development is a critical factor in successful economic development,” says University of Hawai’i Vice President John Morton. “Producing graduates with the right training for high-growth industries not only supports the state’s economic goals but also attracts new businesses to setup shop here in Hawai’i.”

“The speed of technology UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I COMMUNITY COLLEGES OFFERING MORE OPTIONS IN HIGHER EDUCATION & TRAINING innovations requires a paradigm shift in workforce development that touches all Hawai’i industries,” says Morton.

In explaining this new paradigm shift in workforce development, Scott Murakami, Director of Workforce Development for UHCC says, “In the past, we’ve relied heavily on forecast data and college advisory boards to assist us in defining the training needs of various industries; but, now we’re also partnering with large industry forums organized by the DLIR Workforce Development Council, which subsequently helps us to better predict and define the training needs of the state.”

Agriculture, Healthcare and Software Development Skills Panels are examples of the industry forums co-sponsored by UHCC.

“For the first time in recent memory, there is true coordination between Hawai’i’s employers, the University of Hawai’i’ Community College system and the employment and job training agencies of the State Department of uhcc.hawaii.edu Two Summer Sessions: May 21–June 29 and July 2–August 10 Now accepting applications for Fall 2012 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. Labor and the counties in meeting Hawai’i’s workforce development needs,” says James Hardway, Executive Director of the State’s Workforce Development Council. “By working together with the University and the private sector, we have the greatest opportunity to provide the high-skilled workforce that the state has historically sought to build.”

New programs

With the recent award of a $24.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grants program, UHCC is now in a position to develop new curriculum and training that supports economic development. This new resource, also known as the C3T grant, allows the community colleges to innovate workforce development by integrating adult remedial/developmental education with new training, articulating non-credit courses with credit courses, and establishing wrap-around services with career counseling. Some of the programs being developed for new credentials through the C3T grant include:


  • Alternative energy tech
  • Electric vehicle maintenance
  • Biofuels proces tech
  • Sustainable construction


  • Surgical technology
  • Emergency medical services
  • Patient care assistant/tech
  • Health informations
  • Community healthcare worker


  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Plant bioscience
  • Food security
  • Aquaponics
  • Meat processing operations
  • Food safety
  • Veterinary technology
  • Farm sanitation & post-harvest value-added processing

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)

While technical education is important in supporting Hawai‘i's economic goals, UHCC also strives to pre rare students for careers in STEM fields. Leeward Community College offers an associate's degree in natural science with a concentration in three areas: life science, physical science or engineering. Windward Community College prepares students for careers in biosciences through its biotechnology program, which has grown to include a bioprocessing medical garden complex and two certificate programs in agipharmatech.

These and many other degree programs offered at the community colleges provide the first-two years of study for many baccalaureate degree programs at the four-year institutions within the University of Hawai‘i system.

Steeping up, moving forward

There's no doubt that the community colleges have grown beyond the traditional offerings in career and technical training and liberal arts education. UH Maui College now offers two baccalaureate degrees in Applied Science in Applied Business and Information Technology (BAS ENGT).
The University and Education Centers on Kaua‘i, Maui and Hawai‘i offer students access to baccalaureate and graduate level sources and programs through partnerships with UH Manoa, West O‘ahu and Hilo.

To learn more about all the programs offered at the seven community colleges, go to uhcc.hawaii.edu

University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges 

Two semester sessions:
May21-June 29 and July 2-August 10
Now accepting applications for Fall 2012

Hawai'i's Open-Door Access Affordable, Quality Education

Website: www.hawaii.hawaii.edu
Continuing Education & Training: www.hawaii.hawaii.edu/ocet
University Center: hawaii.hawaii.edu/ucwh


Website: www.honolulu.hawaii.edu
Continuing Education & Training: honolulu.hawaii.edu/ocet

Website: www.kapiolani.hawaii.edu
Continuing Education: continuinged.kcc.hawaii.edu

Website: www.kauai.hawaii.edu
Continuing Education & Training: info.kauai.hawaii.edu/training
University Center: info.kauai.hawaii.edu/uckauai

Website: www.leeward.hawaii.edu
Continuing Education & Workforce Development: www.ocewd.org

Website: www.maui.hawaii.edu
Continuing Education & Training: www.ocet.org
University Center: www.umaui.net

Website: www.windward.hawaii.edu
Continuing & Community Education: www.windward.hawaii.edu/Continuing_Education

For more information about workforce development and training oppotunities, contact:

Scott Murakami, Director of Workforce Development 
Univeristy of Hawai‘i Community Colleges
2327 Dole Street, Honolulu HI 96822
Ph: (808)956-9709, E-mail: smurakami@hawaii.edu



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