Members of the Hawai‘i Community College Kauhale went to the State Legislature on March 18 to help celebrate an important milestone: the 50th anniversary of the law that created the University of Hawai‘i Community College system.
The event started with an oli, or chant, followed by a symbolic moment of how higher education can open the door to a happier and more prosperous life: the chancellors of each college each opened a door representing their schools as students walked through.
Then the colleges showcased some of their programs. Hawai‘i CC presented information and displays on the six programs that participate in the annual Model Home Project: Architectural, Engineering and CAD Technologies; Diesel Mechanics; Carpentry; Electrical Installation and Maintenance Technology; Agriculture; and Hawai‘i Life Styles.
(For a video about the event, click here).
There was a time in Hawaiʻi when going to college was reserved for only an elite few, said Vice President for Community Colleges John Morton, but that changed in 1964 when the state legislature passed the law that created the University of Hawaiʻi Community College System.
“Going to college was something that maybe only the top part of high school class did,” explained John Morton. “The likelihood that you as an adult would go back to college was rare.”
“What the law did back in 1964 was create that opportunity for anyone to be able to go on to higher education, reap those benefits,” continues Morton. “As a result, we have a better Hawaiʻi.”