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. 

The following is a report presented to the faculty and staff at the spring convocation on August 14, 2012 that highlights several of the recent achievements, announcements, and activities of the divisions and units above.  

Business Division:

A provisional Associate in Science in Health Information Technology Degree was approved by the Board of Regents (effective Fall 2012) thanks to the work of Kay Ono, Associate Professor in Business Technology, Patrice Jackson, Workforce Development Coordinator/Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (OCEWD), Char Akina, Workforce Development Coordinator/OCEWD, Michael Moser, Senior Coordinator/OCEWD and other faculty and staff in the Business Division and OCEWD.

Welcome to two new full-time instructors, Evelyn Wong and Beau Beadel who will be teaching a variety of accounting and business technology courses respectively.  Ms. Wong has been a lecturer at the college for over 7 years and was recognized as the college's "Outstanding Lecturer" in 2011.  Mr. Beadel has over 12 years of industry experience and 6 years as an instructor at Broward Community College in Florida.

Roy Kamida, Professor in Accounting, coordinated another successful
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at Leeward Community College for the 2012 tax season. Over 700 federal tax returns and a comparable number of Hawaii tax returns were prepared that resulted in over $1,030,000 in refunds.  Approximately 50 students/alumni, 8 teachers/staff, and 15 other community volunteers contributed their time and efforts. Participating Leeward CC staff included: Shelley Ota, Warren Kawano, Della Anderson, Joy Lane, and Jue Wang.

Professional Arts and Technology Division:

Welcome to new full-time instructor, Monica Boon who will be teaching a variety of digital media courses.  Ms. Boon has been a lecturer at the college for 2 years and has over 7 years of industry experience as a multimedia manager and special effects artist.

Leeward Community College received a $100,000 gift from Kalaeloa Partners, L.P. for The Kalaeloa Partners Scholarship to assist part-time and full-time students who have graduated from Kapolei High School, Campbell High School, Nanakuli High School, Waipahu High School, or Waiʻanae High School.  "Our decision to support Leeward CC students through a scholarship grew out of our relationship and respect for Tommylynn Benavente, Professor of Culinary Arts at The Pearl, said Hans "Ruedi" Tobler, general manager, Kalaeloa Partners, L.P. 

Leeward CC – Waianae:

College administrators and Waianae faculty met with the Leeward CC – Waianae Community Advisory Board on July 12, 2012 to discuss several college and community initiatives and partnerships.  An update of the acquisition of the Tycom Building in Maili was also discussed.  The meeting was well attended with community leaders from the Waianae Health Academy, Kūkuluʻao & Ka Lama Education Academy, Nanakuli and Waiʻanae High Schools, Kamaile Academy, and House of Representative Jo Jordan.

Welcome to new full-time instructor, Koren Staat who will be teaching a variety of math courses.  Ms. Staat achieved an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM) and was nominated for the Ernst Schwandt Teaching Award in 2011.

Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (OCEWD):

The college received over $1.8 million over a three-year period to develop workforce training programs in sustainable agriculture, biofuels, and mechatronics, and to prepare students for work and/or to achieve professional short term certificates and degrees through non-credit and credit pathways.  This federal grant is through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant or often referred as the C3T Grant.  Key faculty and staff from OCEWD, Math and Sciences, and Language Arts will all be involved.

OCEWD has recently taken over the operations as a designated U.S. Passport Acceptance Facility. Only form DS-11 (for first-time applicants, minors under the age of 16, and all other who do not qualify to use the renewal form DS-82) is accepted at the OCEWD office in CE 101.  Passport applications are accepted from Monday –Thursday, 8:30am -11:30am and 12:30pm – 3:00pm, and on Friday, 8:30am -11:30am.  Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Holidays.  For information, call 455-0479.

New Projects and Events for 2012 – 2013:

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month - In February 2013, the college's CTE programs will be highlighted to demonstrate how CTE educates students to be college-and career-ready and prepares them for high-wage, high-demand career fields.  Students and faculty in Accounting, Automotive Technology, Business Technology, Culinary Arts, Digital Media, Health Information Technology, Information & Computer Science, Management, Substance Abuse Counseling, Teaching, and Television Production, will join others across the nation during the month of February to celebrate National Career and Technical Education Month.

"Jump Start" Program – This dual credit program will start in Fall 2013 where up to 18 seniors from Waipahu, Pearl City, and Campbell High Schools will enroll full-time in the college's CTE programs.  The seniors will earn high school credits for college courses they successfully complete during their senior year.

Carl D. Perkins Grant:

Over $345,850 of grant funds were awarded to Leeward CC for program and college-wide projects for 2012 - 2013 from the Carl D. Perkins Grant.  The following projects and/or programs were funded to support student success in Career & Technical Education.

  • Comprehensive Student Support Services for CTE Programs, Proposer – Chris Manaseri, $133,687.
  • Job Prep Services – Student Success in Workforce Development, Proposers – Sandy Hoshino and Angela Coloretti, $57,497.
  • Enhanced Financial Aid Outreach and Financial Literacy Education for CTE Students, Proposers – Aileen Lum-Akana and Cameron Rivera, $54,619.
  • Developing an Experiential Credit Plan for CTE Courses/Programs, Proposer – Kay Ono, $37,554.
  • Military and Veterans Coordination Program, Proposer – Kay Ono, $40,490
  • Improve Digital Media Student Placement, Proposer – Christian Ganne, $22,000.

An additional $55,052 of grant funds was awarded to Leeward CC for UHCC System initiatives for 2012 - 2013 from the Carl D. Perkins Grant. 

  • Hawaii National Great Teachers Seminar Subsidy, Proposer – Cindy Martin, $19,695
  • Real World Academics Professional Development Learning Teams, Proposer – Cindy Martin, $35,357

In summary, with the above new personnel, the expansion of credit and noncredit programs, and all of the exciting new initiatives, the 2012-2013 academic year promises to be a very exciting year for Career and Technical Education.