Grant Support for Leeward students with disabilities interested in STEM

Leeward CC has joined the Pacific Alliance for Supporting Individuals with Disabilities, a National Science Foundation grant supported collaboration under the Center for Disability Studies at UH Manoa. Students in a broadly defined area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math who have a documented disability may be eligible under this program for tutoring, mentoring and/or a cash stipend as well as other supports to enhance their likelihood for success in college studies and entry into employment. At Leeward the automotive and culinary programs as well as more traditional STEM fields may have students eligible to participate.

The Pacific Alliance project was funded by the National Science Foundation to increase graduation rates in STEM programs and to increase the rate of college graduates entering STEM employment.  Additional information about the program may be found at the Pacific Alliance website at  Other campuses involved include Manoa, Honolulu CC, Windward CC, as original grant participants, and recently added Kapi’olani CC and UH West Oahu.

The Leeward Community of Practice supporting the program includes Math-Science Division Chair Janice Ito, Disability Services Coordinator Kris Hernandez, Financial Aid Officer Aileen Lum-Akana, CTE Counselor Ann Dorado, and Student Services Dean Chris Manaseri.  The campuses will be served by coordinator Kay Gushiken, reachable at  

If you believe you may be eligible to participate as a student in this excellent support opportunity, please contact Kay directly and self-refer!

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