Taking Notice: College

Taking Notice
Celebrating the accomplishments of
Leeward Community College, its students, faculty, lecturers and staff.


Campus Accomplishments

Leeward Community College has been nominated for this year's "2010 Aloha United Way Learning Institution of the Year" and "Coordinator Team of the Year" awards and received the Learning Institution of the Year award.  The Spirit of Community Awards was established to publicly thank and honor individuals and companies whose high level of commitment through financial and in-kind support has allowed Aloha United Way to further its mission.

Leeward Community College has received $40,000 to participate in The National Center for Academic Transformation’s (NCAT) Changing the Equation program focused on redesigning remedial/developmental math supported by a $2.3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Mathematics faculty, Eric Matsuoka and Jenny Watada, were instrumental in writing the grant’s pre-proposal and final proposal narratives.  Guy Nishimoto provided the statistics for the supporting worksheets and math faculty, Catherine Walker and Celeste Tanabe worked with Eric and Jenny on the initial development of the redesigned courses, Math 18 and Math 82.

Leeward Community College received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from Searider Productions/ Waianae High School, on June 1, 2010.  With partnership HUD grants totaling $900,000, Leeward CC has worked with Searider Productions/ Waianae HS and the program coordinator, Candy Suiso, to establish a production facility, expand digital media and animation facilities, and develop pathways for the students to move into college level courses in TVPRO and Digital Media

The AAT Program received a $40,000 two-year grant from the James & Abigail Campbell Foundation to fund two peer mentors for Native Hawaiian students in the AAT program.

The Shade House received a grant award from the Malama Learning Center for the installation of an aquaponic system (fish culture and vegetable cultivation) and will be serving as a consulting entity for the design and installation of native plant nurseries at Kapolei High School, Island Pacific Academy, Nanakuli High School, and Pearl City High School.

A memorandum of agreement has been finalized with UH Manoa’s College of Education for Secondary Education, Elementary Education, and a Dual Certification for Elementary Ed./Special Education to offer it’s dual certification bachelors degree for Elementary Ed./Special Education here on Leeward's campus beginning Fall 2011.

A Memorandum of Agreement between Leeward CC's Automotive Tech Program and Hawaii Job Corp was signed on November 2010 that will provide an opportunity for graduates from Hawaii Job Corp's Automotive Tech Program to transfer to Leeward CC and receive up to 12 credits towards a Certificate of Achievement and/or Associate in Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology.

Leeward CC is hosting the Pacific Region Learning Summit in partnership with a number of mainland community colleges and the National Science Foundation. The conference runs from May 23 – 27, 2011 and offers three tracks designed to transform teaching and learning skills. Special recognition to Leanne Chun, Greg Walker, Rachael Inake, Brent Hirata, Liz Mano, and Mike Pecsok for supporting this initiative.

The 22nd Annual Hawai‘i National Great Teacher Seminar, was held in August 2010 at Kilauea Military Camp at Volcano, Hawai‘i. Forty-two participants from across the nation and Canada and eight staff members participated in this seminar. Leeward CC faculty members who staffed this seminar include: Ian Riseley, Don Maruyama, and Cindy Martin.

An Academic Subject Certificate in Plant Bioscience Technology has been initiated. The academic subject certificate will provide education and training for students to succeed in Hawaii's diversified agriculture and biotechnology workforce. It will also assist students transferring to four-year institutions majoring in bioscience and stimulate entrepreneurship in diversified agriculture. 

Delta Construction Corporation and KSK Foundation of Kapolei have pledged $300,000 to establish two endowments and corresponding expendable funds for scholarships at University of Hawai‘i–West Oʻahu and Leeward Community College. 

Ka Mana'o, the campus' student-produced publication, returned with two issues in the spring semester. The magazine features newswriting, photography and creative works such as poetry and artwork. The magazine has a staff of about 20 students. Look for two more issues in the fall semester.

The Office of International Programs received a grant from CCID (Community Colleges for International Development) to host 12 international students for the 2010-2011 academic year.  The students will receive certificates in their fields of study and return home at the end of May.  The students came from the following countries:  Turkey, South Africa, Indonesia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and India.   This office also received a grant from College Board to host five Education USA advisors in November 2010.  The advisors came to Hawaii from Norway, Hungary, Peru, Kyrgyzstan and Lebanon.

Leeward Community College’s Halau 'Ike o Pu'uloa received numerous grants:

  • $891,000 from U.S. D.O.E. (Vocational & Adult Education) to extend Ho‘oulu until 2012.
  • $25,000 from U.S. E.P.A. (with Malama Learning Center) and $20,000 from Ka Papa o Kakuhihewa (HECO) (with Mālama Learning Center) to host "Green Collar Jobs Institute."
  • $20,000 from Native Hawaiian Education Act (Liko A'e) to fund NH students on Academic Warning who meet student success milestones.
  • $18,000 from UHM's College of Engineering (NH Science and Engineering Mentorship Program) to establish Halau 'Ike S.T.E.M. Scholars Program.