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INPEACE - Ka Lama Education Academy

The Ka Lama Education Academy, one of several free programs offered through INPEACE (the Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture), was designed to improve public school education on the Wai‘anae Coast of O‘ahu by recruiting and training local residents that are committed to the community. The Ka Lama Education Academy assists community residents interested in becoming teachers to obtain their Associate in Arts or Associate in Arts in Teaching degree and gain admittance to state approved teacher education programs in Hawai‘i. They offer tuition-free courses in education, refresher courses in Math and English, Praxis preparation workshops, writing workshops, as well as transfer workshops to other colleges. Leeward Coast residents interested in pursuing a degree in elementary or secondary education can contact the Academy directly at 696-5556 to set an appointment with a community counselor.

Click here for more information on the Ka Lama Education Academy.

Wai‘anae Health Academy

The WHA offers outreach, training, referral and counseling service to Wai‘anae Coast residents interested in employment in the health care fields, with programs of study that lead to a degree or certificate and specialized courses that are of interest to the community.

The Wai‘anae Health Academy is a partnership between Wai‘anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, Kapi‘olani Community College, and Leeward Community College. WHA programs are grant-funded by Alu Like and the Native Hawaiian Education Act and are Native Hawaiian preference programs.

Call the WHA at 697-3215 for more information.

MA‘O Farms

MA‘O Farms, located in the Wai‘anae Valley, offers a 2 year Youth Leadership Training (YLT) internship to Wai‘anae youth (17-24). This internship offers a unique opportunity to start their college career by obtaining an Associate of Arts degree from Leeward Community College while gaining work and leadership experience as a part of our non-profit organization - MA‘O. The YLT interns are provided many services and support aimed at developing grounded, respectful, vibrant, and engaged youth who have a strong understanding of the health and environmental issues in our community as well as how to succeed in the work and college environment to better pursue their career goals.

For more information about this program, visit www.maoorganicfarms.org or call (808) 696-5569

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