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UH Community Colleges at the State Capitol

people standing before doors representing opportunity and access

Community college chancellors standing before doors representing opportunity and access at their campus. Via UH System Flickr

We had a successful College Day at the State Capitol on Tuesday, as part of Education Week at the State Legislature.

One of the highlights was a symbolic presentation of the “opening of college doors” representing the the UH Community Colleges’ open-door mission. Our community college chancellors stood before a row of multi-colored doors and opened them for the students to symbolize accessibility, affordability and quality education offered by our community colleges.

UH VP for Community Colleges John Morton and I would like to thank Governor Neil Abercrombie, State Senators Jill Tokuda and Brian Taniguchi, and State Representative Isaac Choy for taking the time to attend our opening program and to experience our community colleges’ exhibits and demonstrations in the Rotunda and second floor of the State Capitol.

Thank you to VP Morton, Director of Marketing Communications Susan Lee and countless others who worked tirelessly to make our College Day a success!

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UH System Interim President David Lassner speaking at College Day at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol. Via Leeward CC Flickr

See more photos and video from College Day 2014

The first community forum at Honolulu Community College

<p>I posed for some pictures with a Honolulu Community College Student Body President Kaleo Gagne after our community forum wrapped up.</p>

UH community forum at Honolulu Community College

I posed for some pictures with a Honolulu Community College Student Body President Kaleo Gagne after our community forum wrapped up.

<p>At the UH community forum at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Comunnity College Chancellor Erika Lacro and UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.</p>

UH community forum at Honolulu Community College

At the UH community forum at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Comunnity College Chancellor Erika Lacro and UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.

<p>At the UH community forum at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Comunnity College Chancellor Erika Lacro, UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.</p>

UH community forum at Honolulu Community College

At the UH community forum at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Comunnity College Chancellor Erika Lacro, UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.

<p>At the UH community at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Community College Chancellor Erika Lacro, UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.</p>

UH community forum at Honolulu Community College

At the UH community at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Community College Chancellor Erika Lacro, UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.

I enjoyed our first community forum at Honolulu Community College on November 16, where students, faculty, staff and parents were invited to ask me questions and express their thoughts and concerns about the future of the University of Hawaiʻi.

Joining me on the panel were Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Community College Chancellor Erika Lacro and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud.

You can get the forum schedule online.

UH Board of Regents meeting

UH Board of Regents Meeting

Testimony given about the new associate in arts degree in Hawaiian studies

UH Board of Regents Meeting

Meeting with the Board of Regents

Not many people know that we marked an historic milestone on May 17, when the Board of Regents unanimously approved an associate in arts degree in Hawaiian studies. The university’s seven community colleges will be offering the AAHS degree to give students the option of transferring to UH Mānoa or any four-year institution to pursue a BA in Hawaiian studies or the field of their choice. Several students and faculty members gave passionate testimony before the vote, saying the AAHS program would preserve the Hawaiian culture, values and language. They were ecstatic about the unanimous approval of the new degree program.

This is a huge step forward in our effort to become the “model indigenous serving institution” in the nation.

Also, the Board of Regents honored outgoing UH Mānoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw and Honolulu Community College Chancellor Michael Rota for their years of excellent service. We thank them for their dedication and good work and we wish them the best in their future endeavors.

The board approved Erika Lacro to replace Rota as Honolulu CC’s next chancellor. She attended the meeting where she received a warm welcome and congratulations.

The board and I also recognized outgoing board members Ramón de la Peña, Dennis Hirota, Teena Rasmussen and Matthew Williams, whose terms expire on June 30. It was their last board meeting and our chance to thank them for their years of service on the Board of Regents.

We were also fortunate to have poet and student speaker Jenna Robinson at the regent’s meeting.  She was one of our undergraduate commencement speakers on May 12, and we invited her to repeat her speech presentation to the board. She was remarkable once again.

UH Board of Regents Meeting

Board of Regents Chair Eric Martinson, UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw and Honolulu Community College Chancellor Michael Rota

UH Board of Regents Meeting

With Erika Lacro

UH Board of Regents Meeting

Eric Martinson recognizing Ramon de la Pena

UH Board of Regents Meeting

Ramon de la Pena, Teena Rasmussen and Dennis Hirota

Career and Technical Education conference

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Assistant professor Rodney Hirokawa, Vice President John Morton, UH President M.R.C. Greenwood, Professor Jacob Darakjian, Professor Eric Pang with</p>

2011 Career and Technical Education Conference

Leeward Community College hybrid car display

Assistant professor Rodney Hirokawa, Vice President John Morton, UH President M.R.C. Greenwood, Professor Jacob Darakjian, Professor Eric Pang with

<p>Honolulu virtual welding display</p>

2011 Career and Technical Education Conference

Honolulu virtual welding display

<p>Leeward television production display</p>

2011 Career and Technical Education Conference

Leeward television production display

<p>Leeward automotive program hybrid car display</p>

2011 Career and Technical Education Conference

Leeward automotive program hybrid car display

<p>Windward veterinary assisting program display</p>

2011 Career and Technical Education Conference

Windward veterinary assisting program display

The UH Community Colleges partnered with the Office of the State Director for Career and Technical Education and the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education to present the 2011 Career and Technical Education conference Where Innovation Begins on Oct. 28 at the Sheraton Waikīkī.

More than 500 people attended from DOE and UH as well as the business community.

I was joined by DOESuperintendent Kathryn Matayoshi to offer opening remarks, but the real highlight was the innovative and interactive exhibits of career and technical education, which included a television production set, virtual welding simulator and carpentry model home project. There were also more than 20 workshops on topics ranging from social media applications to cyberbullying and hands-on technology stations with personal guidance.