KAHULUI – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of $3.5 million for the renovation and repurposing of the former Hale Haumana student housing facility at the University of Hawaii (UH) Maui College into the Hospitality Academy of Maui.
“The university has partnered with local resorts to convert these four deteriorated wooded buildings into a hands-on learning laboratory for students to manage and operate a hotel operation with real public guests and resort-level rooms,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Once complete, revenue generated at the ‘teaching hotel’ will support the operation of this unique, real-world classroom.”
Identified by the state Legislature, design and construction funds for the capital improvement project will be used for reroofing and renovation of building walls, windows, plumbing, and electrical infrastructure, along with new floors, air conditioning and lightning. Local resort partners have agreed to sponsor interior furnishings.
The Hospitality Academy of Maui is part of the UH Maui College’s Hospitality and Tourism (HOST) Program. The UH Maui College Chancellor will be responsible for the overall management and operation of the project. The HOST Program Coordinator or designee will oversee daily operations of the Hospitality Academy of Maui, and serve as the hotel’s general manager.
Kahului, HI – Starting this August, UH Maui College, Hawai‘i Community College and Kaua‘i Community College will offer two accelerated, eight-week credit courses in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) leading to a Certificate of Competence in GIS. Instruction will be delivered through online classes and in-person labs.
GIS allows users to visualize, question, analyze, interpret, and understand data to reveal relationships, patterns, and trends. Using specialized software systems and techniques, students will apply hands-on skills to solve real world problems while learning to think geographically. The versatility of GIS technology makes the certificate applicable for higher skill, higher wage jobs.
“[GIS is] no longer used solely by geographers. GIS concepts are used by real estate professionals, the Visitor’s Bureau, local government, environmental groups and many more businesses in our community,” says Carol Kennedy, GIS administrator for Maui Electric Company. “With the wide variety of industries that now depend on GIS information and analysis, providing training locally only makes sense.”
Jill LaBram, Natural Resource/GIS Technician for the West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership, uses GIS to help protect forested watersheds. “GIS allows us to document and map priority invasive weeds that may need treatment, take a location of a rare species that we need to find again in order to monitor its status, or show a potential route for a fence line to prevent ungulates from damaging the native forest,” says LaBram. “[It] gives conservation and natural resource managers the ability to look at data on a spatial scale to guide management direction and make effective decisions.”
The certificate is part of a FAST TRACK curriculum, which can be completed in one semester. GIS 150 and GIS 180 will be offered consecutively August 27th – December 18th, 2014. Students must enroll at UH Maui College, Hawai‘i Community College or Kaua‘i Community College and sign up for the courses before the August 1st submission deadline. It’s recommended to apply before the early admission deadline (July 15th) to ensure all paperwork is approved.
For more information on the courses visit http://maui.hawaii.edu/gis/.
The Geographic Information Systems program is partially funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor in the amount of $402,434. Funding does not pay for student costs to participate. The GIS program is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
By Nicole Beattie, UHMC Communications
Kahului – Veterans enrolled at UH Maui College will have a new place to study and network thanks in large part to a $9,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation. Funds were used to renovate the college’s Veteran Resource Center, and today a group of volunteers from UHMC and Home Depot worked together to complete the project.
“We were really excited when the UH Maui College Veterans Club approached us about the project,” said Michael Miyashiro from The Home Depot in Maui. “The company is a strong supporter of our veterans, and we saw this as a great opportunity to help our community.”
The renovated center is a comfortable place for veterans to study, receive tutoring, hunt for jobs, network with friends, or just take a break. It includes a new, private study space, a kitchenette, new flooring, a lounge area, and built-in computer desks.
“We had a great volunteer crew put in some long hours already to prep for today,” said Cody Snyder, President of the UH Maui Veterans Club. “It’s amazing to see it come along so quickly. We deeply appreciate The Home Depot Foundation’s contribution, and can’t wait to introduce our veterans to their new space.”
For more information about the UH Maui Veterans Club, contact email@example.com or call (808) 984-3242.
HONOLULU – Governor Neil Abercrombie has released $1.255 million to the University of Hawai’i for design, planning and a portion of the construction cost to transform Maui College’s former cafeteria into the new UH Food Innovation Center. The state funds will also be used to leverage federal and other project-related funding.
The center will serve as a research and development production facility to help local farmers turn their fresh produce into value-added food products, such as frozen foods and dried, preserved or canned goods. Examples of food-based products currently produced on Maui include Maui Jelly Factory Sweet Onion Jelly, Pau Vodka (which uses pineapple), Surfing Goat cheeses, and Ali’i Lavender Honey.
“The Food Innovation Center will create opportunity for research and development on Maui – an opportunity that does not currently exist on the Neighbor Islands,” said Governor Abercrombie, who toured the site on Dec. 14. “The center will ultimately help local farmers and entrepreneurs turn excess crops into profitable value-added food products, creating jobs in the process and giving residents more options to buy local goods.”
“Farmers need a way to deal with excess crop when supply and demand don’t line up,” said Denise Hayashi, executive director of the Hawai’i Agricultural Foundation. “And unless new farmers can see their way to profitability, they won’t be interested in replacing the generation that is now retiring.”
Food security is another priority for the Abercrombie Administration, which is supportive of efforts that lessen Hawai’i’s dependence on out-of-state resources. “The center is an important part in addressing Hawai’i’s food security,” Governor Abercrombie said. “It supports on-island operations and cultivates homegrown expertise in the preservation of food, which can be essential should outside sources become temporarily cut off after a natural disaster.”
“This is a piece of the puzzle for improving food security,” said Clyde Sakamoto, chancellor of UH Maui College. “Not only will it help farmers develop new products, it will also contribute to a stronger food industry locally.”
Developing food products requires both the necessary facilities and the expertise and programs to provide recipe and product development, food safety, nutritional analysis, packaging design, and support for marketing, business development, distribution and storage. The Food Innovation Center will act as a business incubator for local farmers and entrepreneurs, providing the space and equipment for research, development and small-scale production of value-added food products. It will also create new opportunities for student education in such areas as product design, nutrition, food safety, and retail food sales and marketing.
Kahului, HI — November 23, 2011 — Community organizations trying to help Maui County residents reach their higher education goals shouldn’t miss the Educational Opportunity Center’s Kick-Off Celebration December 1st at the University of Hawai’i Maui College campus. Organizations will learn about the free support services the Educational Opportunity Center provides residents of Maui County, and how they can help traditionally underserved populations such as those facing economic barriers, educational challenges, or military personnel earn a college degree. Recently the Educational Opportunity Center was refunded with a $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the next five years.
The Celebration is also an opportunity for community organizations to discuss new developments in their own programs, explore community needs, network with other service providers, and hear from students who have benefited from the Educational Opportunity Center.
The Educational Opportunity Center has served students on Maui since 1977 and has helped over 40,000 Maui County residents enter college. Its goal is to increase the number of Maui County residents who enroll in college, and offers a broad range of support services including assistance completing college applications nationwide, help applying for financial aid, career and college exploration, and support navigating college entrance requirements. These comprehensive services are available to Maui County adults or college-ready high school students, especially those who face financial or educational barriers to enrolling in college.
The EOC Kick-Off Celebration is December 1st, from 4:30 – 5:30PM. Community organizations interested in attending should RSVP for the room location at 808-984-3286.
Get certified in the latest clean energy technologies today! The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) and EdVenture (formerly VITEC) at UH Maui College are offering forty-five scholarships in sustainability training for energy efficiency programs this spring 2012. The scholarships are funded by the State Energy Strategic Partnership (SESP).
Programs include Green Building and LEED exam preparation, Home Energy Survey Professional (HESP), and the Building Operator Certification (BOC) licensed through the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC). These programs prepare students for national certifications in various aspects of energy management.
”This is an amazing opportunity for anyone looking to gain employable skills in the growing field of energy management” said Jennifer Chirico, Executive Director, SLIM.
Please send applications to SLIM UHMC, 310 W. Ka’ahumanu Avenue, Kahului, HI 96732 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are due by January 2, 2012
Other programs that will be offered during the spring 2012 include Entry Level Photovoltaic Design and Installation, Small Wind Energy Design and Installation, and Sustainable Business Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Scholarships are available for all of these programs through Maui Workforce Development Division (984-2091) for unemployed and incumbent workers.
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