Many know the ACT organization for its college admissions standardized test, however, it also dedicates numerous services and initiatives to advancing individuals in both their education and career paths.
One such initiative is the ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign created to spotlight students, high schools, community colleges and businesses that have made outstanding efforts to improve college and career readiness while overcoming community obstacles and boosting potential for lifelong success.
Leeward Community College was recently recognized by the ACT organization as a Hawaii State Exemplar of the College and Career Readiness Campaign.
Among the efforts Leeward has made to improve success of students in local communities, ACT recognized the college for its various community/industry partnerships, career preparation programs and Diversity of CTE advisory boards.
Leeward’s community partnerships include a collaboration with MA’O farms’ “Kauhale Youth Leadership Training” program, which gives Wai’anae youth the opportunity to obtain an Associate of Arts degree while gaining valuable work and leadership experience.
Another highlight of Leeward’s partnerships include a combined effort with Hawai’i Pacific Health, O’ahu WorkLinks and the Hawai’i State Department of Labor to create the Patient Services Representative program. The noncredit program fosters an understanding of healthcare delivery in medical customer service and supports the student to medical field pipeline.
Photo caption: L-R: Mark Lane, Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services, Laurie Lawrence, Interim Director of Policy, Planning and Assessment, James Goodman, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Jan Taniguchi, Chair, Hawaiʻi ACT State Council, Ron Umehira, Dean of Career and Technical Education, Manuel J. Cabral, Chancellor, Paul Kuehn, Dean of Academic Services, Michael Pecsok, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/CAO