Founded in 1968 as the first community college in the UH system to be developed without a connection to pre-existing technical school. Moved to current campus facilities in 1969.
Location: Main campus, located between Pearl City and Waipahu, overlooks Pearl Harbor near the geographic center of O‘ahu; satellite campus located on the Wai‘anae coast
Campus Size: Approximately 49 acres with 16 two-story and 2 three-story buildings.
Enrollment: Nearly 8,000 students
Fall enrollments of credit students:
2007 - 5,887
2008 - 6,771
2009 - 7,484
2010 - 7,942
Carnegie classification: Associate’s/Public 2-year
Degrees: 63 associate degrees and certificates offered
- 60% women
- 40% men
- Average age is 24
Average Class Size: 21 students
Student to Faculty Ratio: 20:1
- 26% Hawaiian/Part Hawaiian
- 21.5% Filipino
- 12.5% Mixed Ethnicity
- 11% Caucasian
- 10% Mixed Ethnicity
- 8% Japanese
- 3% Pacific Islander
- 2% Chinese
- 6% All Other
- Average of 70 international students annually, coming from 26 countries.
Faculty & Staff
- Number of Full-time Faculty: 193
- Number of Part-time Faculty: 93
- Number of Support Staff: 134
- Number of Administrators: 8
Learning Resources: Library, Learning Resource Center, Math Lab, Digital Media Lab, KI Program (support for students with disabilities)
Community Education: noncredit classes in Business & Technology, Industry & Safety, Motorcycle Safety, Health Education, Personal Enrichment, and Transportation Industry
Community Resources: Leeward CC Theatre, Foyer Art Gallery, The Pearl (fine dining restaurant), Shade House
Points of Pride
- Enrollment in the Teacher Education Program has grown 1900%, from 24 students in the fall of 2006 to more than 400 students in fall of 2009. Articulation agreements between Leeward and UHM, UHWO and Chaminade make this a cost-effective program for our students.
- Expansion of services to Leeward CC Waiʻanae resulted in Spring 2009 enrollments and headcounts that were 58% and 42% higher than the 2008. More significant is the effect of the expanded staffing and services on developing student engagement. Leeward CC at Waiʻanae's scores on the Community College Survey of Student Engagement were higher in all five benchmarks than the scores of the entire University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges consortium.
- Leeward CC’s Bio-Tech Lab, created through extramural funding, provides opportunities for our students to engage in undergraduate research in areas such as DNA studies, in addition to providing workshops for other community college instructors and local industries during the summers.
- Since its inception in 1968, the College has completed more than 3.6 million credit hours of instruction, entertained more than 2 million patrons at its Theatre, and expanded its offerings from 8 degree and certificate programs in 1968 to 63 in 2010.
Facts taken from UH MAPS, Fall 2010.