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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

Hawaii Conservation Conference

20th Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference

Pictured with me, from left, is Markus Staib, president of Milici Valenti Ng Pack; Sharon Ziegler-Chong, UH Hilo Office of Research; Michael Chang, deputy program manager of Hawai’i Energy and James Hardway, executive director of the Workforce Development Council, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

I was invited to speak at the 20th Annual Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center on Tuesday, July 31. The focus of the conference was growing green jobs in Hawaiʻi.

The Hawaiʻi Green Jobs initiative and the Hawaiʻi Clean Energy Initiative attract investments from companies around the world, which benefit local workers, companies and entrepreneurs across the state. Of course, this also provides a critical boost to Hawaiʻi’s economy.

In 2011, clean energy investments doubled to about $1.2 billion, and right now it looks like 2012 will be another year of growth. Currently, Hawaiʻi ranks third in the nation in clean energy job growth.

My speech focused on institutional preparation for a future economy consisting of green jobs and how we are preparing future generations to compete in a green job market.

Academic programs currently in place at UH include the agriculture programs at UH Mānoa, Hilo and the community colleges that are examining biofuels and food sustainability and Mānoa’s architecture program with its emphasis in green design.

We had an excellent discussion. The opportunity is here and we are educating and researching around this vision.

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

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2011 Career and Technical Education Conference

Leeward television production display

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2011 Career and Technical Education Conference

Leeward automotive program hybrid car display

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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.

Achieving the Dream

Loea Akiona, MRC Greenwood, Mike Buck

Loea Akiona, a Windward Community College graduate now working in student affairs at the college, joins me to talk with Community Matters radio show host Mike Buck, right, about Achieving the Dream. UH has had impressive success with our efforts in this multi-year national initiative to help more community college students succeed, particularly those from groups who have traditionally faced the most significant barriers to success, including low-income and Native Hawaiian students.

We also talk about increase in research grants and other great news reported at the July 7 Board of Regents meeting.

Listen in Sunday, July 10, from 6 to 7 a.m. on any of the seven Clear Channel radio stations—KSSK AM590 92.3 FM, KDNN 98.5FM, KHVH 830AM, KIKI 990AM, KHJZ 93.9FM and KUCD 101.9FM.