Honolulu, HI – Today U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced nearly $10 million in federal funding to community colleges across Hawai‘i. The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program, co-administered by the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Education, will help support job-training programs at seven colleges in Hawai‘i.
“One of the best ways to grow our local economy is to invest in programs that will give Hawai‘i’s workers the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow,” Senator Schatz said. “The $10 million in federal funding will help community colleges offer new, in-demand courses focused on information technology and health care, giving Hawai‘i’s students new career opportunities and a better shot at success.”
The $9,999,870 investment will benefit seven schools which include UH-Maui College, Hawai‘i Community College in Hilo, Honolulu Community College, Kapiolani Community College, Kauai Community College, Leeward Community College, and Windward Community College.
Funding will be used to hire or train instructors to expand their capacity to offer in-demand courses or certifications, leverage online learning, develop new curricula and training models, purchase new equipment to ensure students train on what employers actually use, and solicit feedback from local employers.
Kahului – The public is invited to join the Maui Disability Alliance at its 18th Annual Legislative Forum on Wednesday, September 24th from 4:30-7:00 pm at the UH Maui College campus. The forum will discuss housing, employment, transportation, and mental health issues impacting those with disabilities. Participants will be able to engage with Maui policymakers, individuals with disabilities, family members, service providers, and other advocates to discuss, list, and prioritize needs and concerns.
The Maui Disability Alliance is comprised of 36 public, private, government and non-profit agencies, the community at large and state-level organizations working together to bring community and political awareness of issues impacting persons with disabilities and to effect positive change.
Candidates who have committed to participate in the forum include: Mayor Alan Arakawa and candidate Tamara Paltin; Council Member, East Maui – Bob Carroll and candidate Nick Nikhilananda; Council Member, West Maui – Elle Cochran and candidate Kaala Buenconsejo; Council Member, Makawao-Haiku-Paia – Mike White and candidate Mike Molina; Council Member, Kahului – Don Guzman; Council Member, Wailuku-Waiheʻe-Waikapu candidate Joe Blackburn; Council Member, Upcountry – Gladys Baisa; Council Member, Molokai Stacey Crivello; State Senator District 5, Gil Keith-Agaran; State Senator District 6, Roz Baker; State Rep. District 8, Joe Souki; State Rep. District 11, Kaniela Ing; State Rep. District 12, candidate Richard Pohle; Governor, candidate Jeff Davis.
The event will start with refreshments and the opportunity to network with other disability advocates, followed by a moderated question and answer panel with candidates, and ending with dessert, evaluations, and continued conversation.
The event is free and open to the public, and will take place on the UHMC campus in the Pilina building’s Multi-Purpose room. For more information, questions or concerns, or those who require access accommodations, please call Rob Tarver at (808) 984-8218 or email MDAmaui2014@gmail.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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