Dean, Career & Technical Education

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Ron Umehira, Dean of Career & Technical Education
Convocation Comments – Fall 2017

Aloha to all returning faculty and staff and to all new hires.  It is with great pride that I highlight the top achievements, recognition, activities, events, and resources from the Business Division, Professional Arts and Technology Division, the Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (OCEWD), and from our new Waianae Moku Campus.

Business Division

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Congratulations to Program Coordinator Patrice Jackson, instructor Kathleen Cashman from the Health Information Technology (HIT) program and to former Business Division Chair Kay Ono for their hard work and efforts to achieve program accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). A very comprehensive review was conducted by the Health Information Management Accreditation Council and the CAHIIM Board of Directors in the spring 2017 semester and they recognized the HIT program to have met and exceeded the nationally established CAHIIM Accreditation Standards.  This accreditation makes Leeward CC the only college with an accredited HIT program in the State of Hawaiʻi.

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Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Business Technology Warren Kawano and Dean of Career & Technical Education Ron Umehira for  being elected as President and Executive Director respectively of the Hawaiʻi Association for Career & Technical Education (Hawaiʻi ACTE).  This state-based association is officially affiliated with national ACTE and will benefit career and technical education professionals in the DOE and UHCC and students throughout the state.  An annual conference is being planned for November 9, 2017 at the UH Campus Center and is expected to attract over 400 CTE DOE and UHCC faculty, staff, and administrators.

Professional Arts and Technology Division

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The Automotive Technology (AMT) program recently received a $5,000 scholarship from the Ford Motor Company to be awarded to students enrolled in the Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) program.  This scholarship is an annual award to deserving students which can be applied for tuition, books, fees, and tools.  Leeward CC is the only college in the State of Hawaiʻi to be associated with the Ford Motor Company which is a multinational automaker.  The students accepted into the Ford ASSET program, has the opportunity to participate in paid internships at a sponsoring Ford dealership while enrolled in their automotive courses during the academic year.

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Congratulations to Program Coordinator, Bob Hochstein of the Television Production (TVPR) program, for his dedication and commitment in providing the essential skills and knowledge to his students for immediate employment in the exciting industry of television and movies.  Many of the program’s graduates are currently employed at Eye Productions/Hawaiʻi Five-0/CBS Television Network.  In support of the TVPR program, the above company donated over $56,000 to the program for the purchase of new industry equipment and/or student scholarships.

The Pearl Restaurant

Congratulations to the culinary arts faculty and staff for receiving the 2016 – 2017 Star Advertiser Ilima Awards in the “Rising Stars” category for The Pearl Restaurant for the sixth consecutive year.

Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (OCEWD)

OCEWD ribbon cutting

The new OCEWD Complex located on the Diamond Head end of the campus, celebrates its first anniversary on September 16, 2017.  Two instructional buildings with six classrooms and six labs, an administrative office building, a refurbished motorcycle-training range, and a new commercial driving license training range comprise the new complex which has already serviced and trained over 3,500 students this year.

HART train

OCEWD Program Coordinator Bill Labby and Engineering Instructor Bryson Padasdao created a new Associate in Science degree in Integrated Industrial Technology (IIT).  This two-year degree is being offered under the Math and Science Division and is effective starting fall 2017.  The IIT program is designed to prepare individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers and other professionals engaged in developing, installing, calibrating, modifying and maintaining automated systems. 

Waiʻanae Moku Campus in Māʻili

Old Waianae Education Center and new Waianae Moku

The new Waiʻanae Moku campus was blessed on August 15, 2017 and will open its doors to welcome students on August 21.  Congratulations to Unit Coordinator Danny Wyatt and the faculty and staff of Waiʻanae Moku for their resilience, commitment, and patience in moving from their former site on Farrington Highway to their new site in Māʻili.  A grand opening for the community to view the new campus is being planned for October 2017. 

CTE Projects and Events for Fall 2017

Group photo, Hawaii's Best 2017

Hawaiʻi’s Best 2017 – Congratulations to the entire faculty, staff, and students for being recognized as Hawaiʻi’s Best in 2017 for Career and Technical Education and for second best in Live Theater by the readers of the Honolulu Star Advertiser.  We are proud and humbled for being recognized for the third year in a row. 

Career Coach screenshot

Career Coach – is an interactive web program launched on 11/9/15 that uses real labor market data in our service area where students can research over 900 careers in order to find the career that’s right for them.  There has been over 18,000 visits to the Career Coach site and a new version of Career Coach will be unveiled in the early fall 2017 semester.  Faculty, staff, and students will be better able to explore career growth, job wages, current job postings, and academic programs and training that we currently offer at the college.  Career Coach is easy to access and is available 24 hours a day.  It will help our students find a career vision that will get them on a career path and our students will ultimately be able to see the value of their earned certificates and degrees.  Leeward CC is the only college in the UH System to have this wonderful resource.

Asian Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership group photo

APHERP 2017 – Ron Umehira was selected to participate in the Asian Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP) Leadership Institute in Chia-Yi, Taiwan, July 31 – August 9, 2017.  The Institute drew higher education leaders from India, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, and the United States.  Topics of discussion included The Changing Ecology of Higher Education, Massification and Sustainability, Globalizing Practices of Asia-Pacific Institutions, 21st Century Work Skills and Competencies, and the Globalized University.  The Institute was facilitated by former Vice President for Academic Affairs for the UH System and former Chancellor of UH – Manoa, Dr. Deane Neubauer.

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Outcomes Survey 2017 – Leeward CC will be the first college in the UH System to use the Outcomes Survey which is an online tool for gathering employment and transfer data from our graduates.  Institutional accountability for college student outcomes is a priority for the UH System.  This Outcomes Survey will be administered starting with our summer 2017 graduates, fall 2017 and spring 2018 graduates will also participate in this survey.  The national average response rate using this online survey is 52% and response rates as high as 100% can be achieved when institutions fully engage with the survey and its response generation tools and resources.  More information and implementation of the survey will be forthcoming in the months ahead.