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Dean, Career & Technical Education

Ron Umehira, Dean of Career and Technical Education

My responsibilities as Dean of Career and Technical Education is to provide academic leadership, direction, and support to the instructional divisions of Business and Professional Arts & Technology, to the off-campus satellite education center of Leeward CC – Waianae, to the non-credit unit of the Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, and to oversee the Carl D. Perkins Grant. 

Convocation Comments - Spring 2016
Aloha and Happy New Year to all returning faculty and staff and to all new hires.  It is with great pride that I highlight the achievements, recognition, activities, events, and new hires from the Business Division, Professional Arts and Technology Division, the Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (OCEWD), Leeward Community College – Waianae, and the Ho’oulu Project.

Business Division

Roy Kamida and the accounting faculty & students will once again assist hundreds of customers in the preparation of their 2015 tax returns.  Roy will coordinate over 80 volunteers from Leeward CC, UHWO, Campbell and Pearl City High Schools and the community to provide free federal and Hawaii State tax return services through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program during the months of February and March 2016.  Last year, over 800 customers were service which resulted in over $1,376,000 in federal and Hawaii tax refunds.

Congratulations to Warren Kawano for completing his one-year Association of Career & Technical Education (ACTE) Fellowship with seven other fellows across the nation.

Professional Arts and Technology Division

Congratulations to the Automotive Technology (AMT) program for achieving the maximum renewal accreditation from the National Automotive Technician’s Education Foundation (NATEF) of five years from 2015 – 2020 in the Master Automobile Service Technician (MAST) level.

Welcome to two new Automotive Technology instructors, Milton Ayakawa and Mark Ishisaka. Milton has over 27 years of journeyman automotive technician and teaching experiences at Servco Pacific, Snap-on Incorporated, Honolulu and Leeward Community Colleges.  Mark has over 15 years of journeyman automotive technician and GSE mechanic experiences from Audi of Hawaii and Tony Volkswagen.

Congratulations to the culinary arts faculty and staff for receiving the 2015 – 2016 Star Advertiser Ilima Awards in the “Rising Stars” category for The Pearl Restaurant for the fifth consecutive year.

Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (OCEWD)

Construction of the new OCEWD portables is almost complete at the Diamond Head side of the campus adjacent to the theater.  A blessing and open house is planned for late February or March 2016.

Welcome to four new additions to the OCEWD unit that started in the fall semester, JoAnn Cagasan to the position of Educational Specialist – First to Work, Joy Mahiko to the position of Workforce Development Coordinator, and Cheryl Ball to the position of Continuing Education Specialist.

Leeward CC – Waianae

Danny Wyatt, coordinator of Leeward CC – Waianae organized the faculty and staff to discuss their unit’s mission statement and to develop a new 5-Year Strategic Plan as they anticipate their move into their new building in fall 2017.

The Ho’oulu Project: A Native Hawaiian Career & Technical Education Program

Kalani Flores, coordinator of the Ho’oulu Project and his staff coordinated and hosted a three-day workshop with the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts (PIPA) in October 2015.  PIPA is a Pacific focused school for the performing arts located in Auckland, New Zealand and the Director of PIPA, Ms. Letti Chadwick and several alumni were here to promote their program and to build a partnership with our college.

CTE Projects and Events for Spring 2016

Hawaii’s Best 2015 – the college will once again compete in the Star Advertiser’s People’s Choice Award for Best in Career & Technical Education. The campaign will commence in late February through mid-March 2016.

National CTE Month – the college will once again present a series of events and activities during National CTE Month in February 2016.  CTE open houses, special seminars, CTE displays, and several CTE events are planned such as the Volunteers Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, Culinary Scholarship Brunch, Hawaii Small Business Fair, and Geek Day.

Jump Start Program – Six high school seniors from Campbell and Waialua High Schools completed a very successful fall semester in their respective CTE program of study and all six students will be continuing in the spring semester.  “Jump Start” is a dual credit program for select seniors to earn high school and college credits.

Career Coach – is an interactive web program launched on 11/9/15 that uses real labor market data in our service area where students can research over 900 careers in order to find the career that’s right for them.  Students will be able to explore career growth, job wages, current job postings, and academic programs and training that we currently offer at our college.  Career Coach is easy to access and is available 24 hours a day.  It will help our students find a career vision that will get them on a career path. Students will ultimately see the value of their earned certificates and degrees.


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