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Celebrating community-campus connections at Pālamanui

Note: This column appeared as part of the Kauhale News section in West Hawaii Today on April 8, 2021. 

Aloha, 

Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui and the University Center, West Hawai‘i have been at the current location in North Kona for almost six years after moving from Kealakekua. It’s been such a blessing to watch the connections  members of our community are making with our campus, sometimes in unique and unexpected ways. 

Construction projects advance at Pālamanui campus

Construction projects at the Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui campus will significantly boost the student experience, academic programs and the ability to host campus and community events. 

The projects include renovating space to create a physics lab; adding an overflow parking area that is also a place for construction apprenticeship programs; and adding a large new covered outdoor space that will benefit the Culinary Arts program and give students a better place to congregate.

Alumni Profiles: Electronics Technology program helps Andrew Hasegawa's career take flight

Andrew Hasegawa worked in tourism. He worked in various roles for one of the telescopes on Mauna Kea. Those were good jobs that provided solid experience, but he hit a “plateau,” as he described it, and knew he needed more education if he wanted to advance in his career. 

“I thought I really needed that next step, and that’s kind of how I started looking at Hawai‘i Community College,” Hasegawa said recently.

$1 million gift supports Hawai‘i CC students and professional development

Students, staff and faculty at Hawai‘i Community College will soon benefit from a new scholarship and professional development opportunities thanks to an anonymous $1 million gift. 

Hawai‘i CC Chancellor Rachel Solemsaas said, “We are eternally grateful to the generous donor who is forever shaping the life trajectory of so many of our Hawai‘i Island residents by making a quality higher education affordable.”

Trina Nahm-Mijo retiring after 43 years of holistic education, innovation and service

Trina Nahm-Mijo, professor and department chair of social sciences, is retiring this spring after 43 years at Hawai‘i Community College. Though she’s ready to close the book on her Hawai‘i CC career, she said teaching never got tiresome or repetitive even after more than four decades.

“The students inspire me,” she said. “It was always new every semester even if it was the same classes, because the people are different and my style is to teach to the students’ individual strengths and characteristics, so it was always new for me.”

Human Services Conference April 14th-16th: He Huliau No Ke Au Hou

The Hawai‘i Community College Human Services program is proud to celebrate 33 years since its founding. 

In honor of its success, its instructors and its students past and present, we are pleased to announce the offering of the Human Services Program Virtual Conference. He Huliau No Ke Au Hou, recalling the past to inform the future, is a collective of faculty, students, alumni and industry professionals gathering to inspire the Hawai‘i CC Kauhale.

'They're So Inspiring': University Center students highlight online bachelor's and graduate degrees

Kona resident Yi Zheng Logan works a full-time job, an additional part-time job, is enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program, while also raising her daughter.

It’s a constant juggling act and a lot of hard work, but she has plenty of motivation. 

Auto Body Repair and Painting program trains essential workers for local automotive industry

Greg Martines Dasalla struggled to find his way in civilian life when he returned home to Hawai‘i Island following his stint in the military from 2002 to 2010, which included deployment to the war in Afghanistan. 

But a decision to enroll in the Auto Body Repair and Painting (ABRP) program at Hawai‘i Community College has proven life-changing, and less than two years after graduating, he already has a flourishing small business that he runs with his wife, Billie Martines. 

Hawai'i CC Updates: CARES money supports students, distance learning

Note: This column appears in the Oshirase, the newsletter of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawai'i.

Aloha,

It’s been almost a year since the COVID-19 pandemic really began to hit us, and we’ve certainly had our ups and downs.

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