Dean, Career & Technical Education

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Ron Umehira, Dean of Career & Technical Education
Convocation Comments – Fall 2018

Aloha to all returning faculty and staff and to all new hires.  The following are highlights of the achievements, recognition, activities, and events from the Business Division, Professional Arts and Technology Division, the Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (OCEWD), Waianae Moku campus, and other exciting news in Career & Technical Education.

Business Division

Congratulations to Program Coordinator Patrice Jackson, instructor Kathleen Cashman from the Health Information Technology (HIT) program and to former Business Division Chair Kay Ono for their hard work and efforts to achieve “Established Status” from “Provisional Status” for the Associate in Science in Health Information Technology (HIT) Program. The UH Board of Regents approved this status at their Board meeting on June 7, 2018.  This “Established Status” along with the recent program accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), makes Leeward CC the only institution with an accredited HIT program in the State of Hawaiʻi.

CAHIIM graphic

Congratulations to Roy Kamida, recently retired Professor of Accounting for being named the 2018 Hawaiʻi ACTE Award Winner in the Carl Perkins Community Service Award category. This award recognizes individuals who have used CTE to make a significant impact on their community and demonstrated leadership in programs and activities that promote student involvement in community service. For over 33 years, Roy served as the coordinator of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program that offers free tax help for low to moderate-income taxpayers who needed assistance in preparing their federal and Hawaii tax returns.

Roy Kamida photo

Professional Arts and Technology Division

Mr. Glenn Inouye, Senior Vice President of Servco and representing Toyota Hawaiʻi, presented former Chancellor Manny Cabral with a plaque to commemorate this valuable partnership opportunity which will provide our automotive technology students with scholarships, internship experiences, and Toyota training tools and equipment worth more than $80,000 in the first year with additional equipment to be added every year after.

Servco presentation to the Chancellor

Congratulations to Tommylynn Benavente, Culinary Arts Professor for being named the 2018 Hawaiʻi ACTE Award Winner in the Postsecondary Teacher of the Year Award category. This award recognizes the finest career and technical teachers at the postsecondary level who have demonstrated innovation in the classroom, commitment to their students and dedication to the improvement of CTE in their institutions and communities. For more than 34 years, Ms. Benavente has set the bar high for her students, while providing the guidance and encouragement for them to succeed.  Her work as an instructor exhibits a relentless dedication to curricular improvement and a tireless enthusiasm for creating enriching opportunities for her students, the program and the college.

Tommylynn Benavente photo

Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (OCEWD)

Like the College, the OCEWD Complex located on the Diamond Head end of the campus is also celebrating their 50th anniversary. The Mission of OCEWD is to strengthen economic development and enhance the quality of life by providing accessible courses for workforce development, continuing education, and personal enrichment.  Since 1968, an estimated 75,000 students have enrolled in over 6,000 non-credit courses such as business and professional studies, computers and technology, education and career planning, healthcare and caregiver services, healthcare technology, industrial technology, and transportation.

OCEWD planned and coordinated a Youth Challenge Academy which is an education and training program for 16 – 19 year old students this past spring semester. Over 119 students participated in career and technical education programs such as basic automotive, cooking, driver’s education, and hospitality and tourism. Eleven students that participated in the basic automotive program passed the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) student certification exam, 10 students completed an Introduction to Cookery Program and prepared a three-course meal to 150 guests, 60 students completed the Driver’s Education Program, and 26 students received a Certified Guest Service Professional Certificate form the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute. Much mahalo go to automotive instructors, Milton Ayakawa and Mark Lacasandile for their support in providing shop work activities for the students. 

OCWED Youth Challenge Group Photo

Waiʻanae Moku Campus in Māʻili

WM Group Photo

The new Waiʻanae Moku campus held its first graduation recognition ceremonies on May 4, 2018.  Forty-four graduates earned their degrees and certificates.  Group photo above represents the Waianae Moku graduates, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Phase II of Waianae Moku’s renovation and expansion project will commence in late fall 2018 and will include state-of-the-art wet-lab science facilities, additional classrooms, faculty and staff offices, additional restrooms, landscaping, and collaborative learning spaces.

Career & Technical Education & The Theater

Hawaii's Best 2018

Congratulations to the entire faculty, staff, and students for being recognized as Hawaiʻi’s Best in 2018 for Career and Technical Education and finalist in Live Theater by the readers of the Honolulu Star Advertiser.  We are proud and humbled for being recognized for the fourth year in a row. 

Aloha and have a great semester!