On September 16, 2016, Leeward's Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (OCEWD) held the Grand Opening of its new complex of buildings and a new location. The new OCEWD Complex consists of one administrative office building and two instructional buildings, offering six classrooms and six labs. In addition, OCEWD now has a new Commercial Driving License training range and a refurbished motorcycle-training range. The building of the HART Rail Station on the west side of campus was the catalyst for the OCEWD move, now located on the diamond head end of campus. Representatives from more than 34 community partner organiztions attended and toured the new facilities.
OCEWD began as the Office of Special Programs and Community Services in 1969. Its purpose was to be a true partner with the community. OCEWD’s annual enrollment of 4,000 in non-credit workforce development and personal enrichment programs is an important force in fulfilling the educational needs of the Leeward and Central Oahu community.
OCEWD is highly flexible and quick to meeting the business community needs with respect to new and incumbent workers. Programs and classes are available in Computer Education, Business Education, Electrical Technology, Process Technology, Advance Automation, Mechatronics, Facilities Maintenance and Repairs, Nurse Aide, Long Term Care, First Aid, Medical Coding, Medical Reimbursement, Patient Services Representative, Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator, Forklift Operator, and Professional Development. All of these workforce programs are selected for their higher wage employment opportunities. In order to enhance quality and assurance, many of these programs come with national and State of Hawaii credentials.
In addition to Leeward CC and University of Hawaii Community Colleges staff, representatives from the following organizations and agencies attended the event:
Aiea High School
Army Community Service - Employment Readiness
Bayada Home Care
Hale Kipa, Inc
Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Workforce Development Division
Department of Community Services
Department of Human Resources
Department of Human Services
Department of Public Safety, Corrections Education Program
First-To-Work: Waianae; Waipahu; Waihiawa, Downtown, East Oahu
Department of Taxation
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Hawaii State Department of Defense
Hawaii Technology Academy
Ke Ola Mamo
Leilehua High School
Mckinley Community School for Adults
Mililani High School
Oahu Worklinks Centers of Waipahu and Honolulu
Par Hawaii Refining
UH Foundation, Associate Director
UH Manoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work
UH West Oahu, Nurse Department
UHCC System Workforce Development
Wahiawa General Hospital
Waianae Health Academy
Waianae High School
Additional photos (all taken by Aaron Pila) are posted online.