Dean, Career & Technical Education

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Convocation Comments - Ron Umehira, Dean of Career & Technical Education – Fall 2019

Business Division

Assistant Professor Tina Lee, Assistant Professor Evelyn Wong, and Instructor Melissa Moody are currently developing 5-week accounting (ACC 201, ACC 202) and business (BUS 101) online courses to be offered this fall semester.

Special recognition goes to Warren Kawano, Business Division Chair and William Castillo, OCEWD Senior Workforce Development Coordinator for their leadership in planning the second annual Hawaiʻi Association for Career and Technical Education (Hawaiʻi ACTE) conference which was scheduled on January 25, 2019 at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center. Over 600 CTE professionals from the DOE and the UHCC’s attended the conference and participated in over 32 professional development sessions.

Conference candid photo

Professional Arts and Technology Division

Congratulations to the following automotive students that were awarded industry scholarships for the spring 2019 semester, Nicholas Fujioka – Toyota Technical Education Program, Kevin O’Neill and Kelvin Tso – Grainger Tools for Tomorrow, Jonalyn Cariaga, Nicholas Fujioka, Quinton Moana, and Christopher Rasos – Isamu Shinshiro Scholarship.  Also, the Automotive Technicians Program at Leeward CC is proud to be recognized as providing manufacturer’s training for industry technicians for Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, and Toyota.

Automotive Technology group photo

Congratulations to our culinary arts students below who won medals and certificates in the Hot Foods Category of the 2018 Hawaiʻi Culinary Competition Exposition on December 14, 2018 at Kapiʻolani CC. Shreena Lei Ramos – Gold Medal, Arreola Buckley – Silver Medal, David Dela Cruz – Bronze Medal, Ardus Fernandez – Bronze Medal, Patrick Aano – Bronze Medal, and Cressida Cronskey – Certificate. Congratulations also to culinary arts instructors, Lee Alan Dung, Matt Egami and Chris Garnier who provided the guidance and mentoring to the students.

Culinary competion group photo

Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (OCEWD)

OCEWD has developed a new Medical Assisting Program which is designed to prepare students to learn and complete multiple national credentials that will give them a well-rounded skillset. Certifications such as the following can be achieved, Certified EKG Technician, Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, Phlebotomist, Certified Healthcare Access Associate, Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist, Basic Life Support-Heart Code and Heartsaver First Aid. Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026 and most medical assistants work in physicians’ offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare facilities.

medical biller and assistant

CEWD planned and coordinated a Youth Challenge Academy training program for 16 – 18 year old students this past summer. Over 70 students participated in career and technical education programs such as basic automotive, cooking, driver’s education, office administration, and leadership. Twelve students that participated in the basic automotive program passed the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) student certification exam, 15 students completed an Introduction to Cookery Program and prepared a three-course meal to 150 guests, 24 students completed the Driver’s Education Program, 6 students completed an office administration program, and 14 completed a leadership skills program.

Waiʻanae Moku Campus in Māʻili

Waiʻanae Moku had its largest enrollment ever with 578 registered students (62% Native Hawaiians) in the fall 2018 semester.

Phase II of Waiʻanae Moku’s renovation and expansion project commenced on December 17, 2018 which when completed by early fall 2019 will include a state-of-the-art wet science laboratory, classrooms, faculty offices, storage rooms, three quiet study rooms, additional restrooms, and an expanded collaborative learning space. 

On May 3, 2019, Wai‘anae Moku held its 7th Annual Graduation Recognition Ceremony which was organized by the faculty and staff.  A total of 55 graduates participated in the ceremony and majority of them will be transferring to either UH – Manoa or UH - West Oahu.

Graduating class

Other CTE Highlights in Spring 2019

Hawai'i’s Best 2019 – People’s Choice Awards – The Star Advertiser

On June 16, 2019, the Star Advertiser announced that the college was voted once again as Hawai‘i’s Best in Career/Technical Education and a finalist for Live Theater for the fifth year in a row.  This type of recognition is outstanding for the college as it brings to light the many quality credit/non-credit CTE and workforce development programs that the college offers and the many excellent performances that our Theater schedules throughout the year.

CTE Open House for High School Students on February 2019

Open house student attendees

The #Future students

CTE Open House for Middle School Students on February 6, 2019

CTE Culinary table

50th Anniversary Celebration at Pearlridge Center – Uptown on April 27, 2019

Health and Information Technology group photo

Television production candid