Dean, Career & Technical Education


Ron Umehira, Dean of Career & Technical Education
Spring 2017 Convocation Comments

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, and events from the Business Division, Professional Arts and Technology Division, the Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (OCEWD), Leeward Community College – Waianae, and several exciting news in Career & Technical Education.

Business Division (BUS)

  • Congratulations to Business Technology (BTEC) Program Coordinator, Warren Kawano for his leadership in organizing a new Hawaii Association for Career and Technical Education (Hawaii ACTE) with membership in the association to include CTE high school teachers, CTE community college faculty and staff, industry executives, and community representatives.  Warren will preside as President of this new state association and will officially convene its first meeting in the spring 2017 semester.
  • Health Information Technology (HIT) Program Coordinator, Patrice Jackson and the Health Information Technology (HIT) Program have applied for accreditation candidacy with the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) and an accreditation site visit is scheduled for March 16 and 17, 2017.

Professional Arts & Technology Division (PAT)

  • Congratulations to our current culinary arts students, Shaylyn Funasaki and Crislin Lehua Aloha Wong who won a gold medal and silver medal respectively in the 2016 Hawaii Culinary Competition Expo on December 9, 2016 at Kapiolani CC.  Congratulations also to culinary arts instructors, Matt Egami and Chris Garnier who provided the guidance and mentoring to the students.

Office of Continuing Education & Workforce Development (OCEWD)

  • Congratulations to the OCEWD faculty and staff for their Grand Opening Celebration on September 16, 2016 of their new facilities on the Diamond Head side of the campus adjacent to the former UH West Oahu portables.
  • Congratulations to coordinator Bill Labby and senior coordinator Patrick Leddy of OCEWD and instructor Bryson Padasdao and Division Chair Jennie Thompson of the Math & Science Division for their hard work and collaboration in developing a new Associate in Science degree in Integrated Industrial Technology.  This new degree will address a current workforce need in manufacturing and transit systems.  It was vetted by the college in the fall semester and the Chief Council of Academic Officers on December 16, 2016.  The new degree will go forward to the Academic and Student Affairs Subcommittee of the Board of Regents on January 12, 2017 then to the full Board on January 26, 2017.

Leeward CC Waianae moving to Maili in Fall 2017

  • The doors to our new satellite campus in Ma‘ili will open to students, faculty, staff, and the community starting August 21, 2017.  The move from the current facility in Wai‘anae will commence on June 12, 2017 to the new facility in Ma‘ili and will be led by coordinator Danny Wyatt and the faculty and staff.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

  • Students, faculty, and staff at Leeward CC will once again join others across the nation during the month of February to celebrate National Career and Technical Education Month.  This year’s theme is Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!  The college will feature workshops, displays, and events that are all related to CTE.  One of the major events in February is the Hawaii P-20 Middle School CTE Career Industry Fair.  This event is scheduled on February 15, 2017 at the Hawaii Convention Center where over 600 middle school students will learn about the many exciting CTE programs in Hawaii’s nine Career Pathways.  Many of our CTE programs (automotive, culinary arts, television production, health information technology, business, industrial technology, etc.) will provide interactive, hands-on exhibits.
  • In the spring 2017 semester, a new version of Career Coach will be launched that will have additional features such as what skills employers are looking for in a particular occupation, what the education attainment level of workers in the field have attained, and an easier assessment tool that students can take to determine their career interests.  As of December 30, 2016, over 11,200 visits have been made to the Career Coach site.

Aloha and have a great semester and year in 2017.