It was a pleasure to meet student government leaders from both Kaua’i CC and Leeward CC, as well as the Hawaiian Council at the Windward CC campus. I learned a lot from you and thank you for your hard work and dedication.
We had the honor of recognizing two deserving UH employees at our monthly Board of Regents meeting at Leeward Community College.
This year, there were two recipients of the President’s Award for Excellence in Building and Grounds Maintenance. This awards goes to individuals who have exhibited sustained superior performance in a maintenance, landscaping, custodial or trucking position. The award includes a $1,000 monetary prize.
This year’s recipients are Erline Vasconcellos, a building and grounds supervisor at UH West Oʻahu, and Joseph Tan, a custodian at Leeward Community College.
Congratulations to both for your dedication to the University of Hawaiʻi!
The University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges were honored with a Governor’s Proclamation on April 23. Governor Neil Abercrombie spent some time reminiscing about his days teaching at Leeward Community College before he presented the proclamation to VP for Community Colleges John Morton in the Governor’s office. The proclamation declares April 23 UH Community Colleges Day, in honor of the CC’s 50th anniversary.
It was on April 23, 1964 that Governor John A. Burns signed into law a major legislative act that provided all citizens with access to a college education. Today, the community colleges’ open-door policy and affordable tuition make it possible for people from all walks of life to earn college degrees.
VIDEO: Governor proclaims April 23 as UH Community Colleges Day
More on the anniversary
- KITV: “Nana talks with VP of Community Colleges on 50th anniversary”
- Photos: Go to Gov. Abercrombie’s Flickr site
- UH News video: “50 years of accessible, affordable higher education”
I had the honor of meeting Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education at a dinner coordinated by the Hawaiʻi Department of Education and hosted by Debbie Berger and Bill Reeves of The Learning Coalition.
Secretary Duncan was in Honolulu as part of his Race to the Top tour of all 50 states. The U.S. Department of Education says Duncan is the first education secretary to visit Hawaiʻi in about 20 years.
While here, Secretary Duncan visited Ka Waihona o ka Naʻauao public charter school on the Waiʻanae Coast as well as Waipahu High School. He also praised the Hawaiʻi DOE and the public school system for significant progress made in the $75 million Race to the Top grant.
We are proud of the strong partnership between UH and the state DOE; one strong example of this was witnessed by Secretary Duncan in the work that Leeward Community College and UH West Oʻahu are doing with Waipahu High School around accelerated learning and early college classes.
- Our Early College Student: The Message and the Messenger (PDF)—Leeward Community College presentation slides
- Waipahu High’s Amazing Success—MidWeek
KITV: U.S. Secretary of Education visits Waipahu High School
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!