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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!

man at microphone

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

Development Academy of the Philippines delegation

Development Academy of the Philippines delegation

We are hosting the presidents of 15 state colleges and universities in the Philippines this week. They are taking an Executive Course in Education Management and Leadership and are learning from the experiences of foreign universities, including the University of Hawaiʻi.

The Development Academy of the Philippines says it selected UH as one of the learning sites because of the strength of our system approach and the key strengths of the university.

The educational leaders are especially interested in our contribution to Hawaiʻi’s economy and research, how we improved education delivery and access across the state and our marine and agriculture programs and community college innovation. They are also interested in the East-West Center and the Philippine Consulate.

The delegation will visit the UH System, UH Mānoa, UH West Oʻahu, Windward Community College, Kapiʻolani Community College and much more over the next week.

UH Day at the State Capitol

<p>Governor Neil Abercrombie, his dog Kanoa and representatives of the Windward Community College veterinary technician program.</p>

UH Day 2013

Governor Neil Abercrombie, his dog Kanoa and representatives of the Windward Community College veterinary technician program.

<p>Test of balance administered by students of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Kapi'olani Community College.</p>

UH Day 2013

Test of balance administered by students of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Kapi'olani Community College.

<p>A curious youngster studying an anatomical model alongside President M.R.C. Greenwood and staff of the Native Hawaiian Health Program at the John. A. Burns School of Medicine.</p>

UH Day 2013

A curious youngster studying an anatomical model alongside President M.R.C. Greenwood and staff of the Native Hawaiian Health Program at the John. A. Burns School of Medicine.

<p>President M.R.C. Greenwood with students and faculty from the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy.</p>

UH Day 2013

President M.R.C. Greenwood with students and faculty from the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy.

<p>President M.R.C. Greenwood at the display hosted by representatives of the Windward Community College veterinary technician program.</p>

UH Day 2013

President M.R.C. Greenwood at the display hosted by representatives of the Windward Community College veterinary technician program.

<p>State Representative Mark Takai and young friends play a game hosted by the UH Cancer Center.</p>

UH Day 2013

State Representative Mark Takai and young friends play a game hosted by the UH Cancer Center.

<p>Sen. Jill Tokuda getting her blood pressure checked by a student of the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy.</p>

UH Day 2013

Sen. Jill Tokuda getting her blood pressure checked by a student of the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy.

<p>A baton twirler, cheerleaders and musicians from the UH Band kicked off UH Day with a mini pep rally.</p>

UH Day 2013

A baton twirler, cheerleaders and musicians from the UH Band kicked off UH Day with a mini pep rally.

We had a wonderful time at UH Day at the State Capitol, where various University of Hawaiʻi programs were on hand to promote this year’s theme Healthy People, Healthy Pets.

Quite a few legislators participated in UH Day, including Senate Education Chairwoman Jill Tokuda, Senator Mike Gabbard and Representative Mark Takai. Governor Abercrombie brought his dog Kanoa to get checked out by Windward Community College’s veterinary technician students. He also visited with two newborn lambs that were part of the Windward exhibit.

UH Hilo offered blood pressure checks and information on it’s excellent program, Kapiʻolani Community College offered a variety of services, including balance tests with the physical therapy assistant program and flossing, brushing and other demonstrations by its health sciences, nursing and emergency medical programs. UH Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources offered advice on nutrition, wellness, diet, exercise and childhood obesity. The John A. Burns School of Medicine featured members of the family medicine and community health program and the Center for Native Hawaiian Excellence, who were on hand to provide blood pressure tests and information on illness prevention. The UH Cancer Center featured a Jeopardy Game consisting of health questions with prizes to boot!

UH Day was part of Education Week at the State Legislature, organized by Senator Tokuda. It was a good and educational time for all!

Windward Community College Chancellor’s Gala Dinner

Windward Community Chancellor's Gala Dinner

With Windward Community College Chancellor Doug Dykstra, left, and UH Vice President for Community Colleges John Morton, right.

I had the pleasure of attending the first Chancellor’s Gala Dinner in 40 years at Windward Community College on Saturday night. The highlight of the evening was the chance to see the campus’ brand new Library Learning Commons.

I remember my very first Board of Regents meeting years ago at the Windward campus. The focus of that meeting was the need to create a new facility to house a library and learning commons. It was a proud moment for everyone to be standing in the beautiful building, which is set to receive an environmental Silver LEED designation.

I commend the faculty and staff who worked so hard and so diligently, for many years, to bring this vision to life.

Windward Community Chancellor's Gala Dinner

Greeting Bonnie Beatson, Windward Community College’s director of marketing and public relations. Windward Community College Chancellor Doug Dykstra looks on.

Career and Technical Education conference

<p>Leeward Community College hybrid car display<br />
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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.

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.