By Willow Aureala, Ph.D, M.S.S.W – Counselor/Instructor at UH West Hawaiʻi Center
In October, 2010, Willow Aureala, Ph.D., counselor/instructor at Hawaii Community College, UH Center WH, spoke to a group of approximately 30 eager scientists and nurses at Konawaena High School! She shared information about Hawaii Community College, as well as the different fields such as engineering, nursing, medicine, psychology, and related. The students were so excited that some actually stayed after the presentation to ask more questions, and Dr. Aureala provided them with specific details on how to apply to college, financial aid, and related information. Several of these soon-to-be Konawaena graduates plan to attend the West Hawaii campus!
On January 28, 2011, Dr. Aureala and Joe Wilcox drove all the way over to Honoka’a High School to present to well over 150 high school [and a bunch of middle school] students! Dr. Aureala shared information about college, reasons to attend a community college, how easy it is to apply to Hawaii Community College, financial aid, and other related topics. Mr. Wilcox, a science and math instructor at the Center, led students through a fascinating logic problem that all ages could participate in. These Honoka’a students not only got an understanding of the value of attending a community college, but also a taste of logic at the college level!