Dean, Career & Technical Education

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

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 Moku, and several exciting news in Career & Technical Education.

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Congratulations to Warren Kawano, Business Technology and William Castillo, Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (OCEWD) and other committee members for their leadership in planning the first annual Hawaii Association for Career and Technical Education (Hawaii ACTE) conference on November 9, 2017 at the UH Campus Center.  Over 440 CTE professionals from the DOE and the UHCC’s attended the conference and participated in over 32 professional development sessions. 

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The Management Program (Doug Choy), OCEWD (William Castillo and Joy Mahiko), Waianae Moku  (Danny Wyatt), and the Language Arts Division (Kathryn Fujioka-Imai and Kepa Badis) are collaborating on a Hospitality Job Training Program with the Nanakuli-Waianae Complex on the following goals and objectives:

  • To provide early college dual credit courses in hospitality, tourism, and in conversational Chinese for Nanakuli and Waianae high school students that will lead to a Certificate of Competence in Hospitality and Tourism at Leeward CC
  • To conduct professional development for high school teachers on business and cultural protocols of China and other Asian countries
  • To provide an afterschool Chinese cultural program for middle school students
  • To offer hospitality and tourism operations, host culture, and Asian language content to the community for entry level job training opportunities at the Ko Olina Resort

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The Automotive Program (Milton Ayakawa and Eric Pang) has partnered with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) that will prepare their students for the next-generation of skilled workers to meet industry demands.  A technical training curriculum and internship opportunities will be provided by the Fiat Chrysler Dealerships.

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Alyssa MacDonald in collaboration with the Plant Biology & Tropical Agriculture Program faculty is working with UH Maui College to develop an Aquaponics Technician Certificate of Competence which is slated to be the nation’s first comprehensive third-party certified technician education and training program.  This certificate will prepare an entry-level labor force in the commercial aquaponics industry.

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The new Leeward Community College - Waianae Moku Education Center opened its doors to over 500 students at the start of the fall semester.  A dedication ceremony was held on October 10, 2017 attended by over 180 guests to celebrate the completion of phase I of the complex that includes four classrooms, a computer lab, a testing center, faculty and staff offices, and a student lounge.  An Open House for the community was held on November 16 and drew over 125 guests.  Phase II will commence in summer 2018 and will include state-of-the-art science wet-lab facilities, additional classrooms, and collaborative learning spaces.

Aloha and have a great semester and year in 2018.