Chancellor’s Message: Assessment, C3T, Heart Walk and Awards


We had a strong turnout on “Assessment Day” on Friday, March 1 with about 200 people from East and West Hawai‘i convening at the Manono Campus on Friday, March 1 to work on improving our assessment methods.

Mahalo to those who attended for spending the day delving into this important topic. Creating a strong assessment culture at HawCC requires a collective effort, which is why bringing everybody together was so important. I know the event sparked valuable discussions that will improve how we gauge the success of our programs and services and our college overall.

There is more work to be done as we prepare our follow-up report that is due to accreditors by October 15, but the March 1 event was an important step along the way!


The University of Hawai‘i’s seven community colleges were awarded a major federal grant in 2011 that totaled $24.6 million.

Known as C3T — which is short for Community College, Career Training — the grant program is being used to develop education and training curricula and student coaching in three sectors with anticipated growth: energy, agriculture and health care.

With a strong agriculture sector on the Big Island, HawCC will have a significant role to play in the agriculture portion of C3T, and we expect to launch non-credit agriculture classes in mid-May.

Though it’s complicated to develop new programs, C3T’s goals are simple. We want to work with industry to develop programs that will train people for jobs that are in demand. C3T’s focus is on training people who are already in the workforce and want to retool themselves.

You’ll be hearing more about C3T as the program grows, and we expect to have a workshop in early May to introduce people to our new agriculture classes.


The 16th Annual Hilo Heart took place March 2 in downtown Hilo, and Hawai‘i Community College was well represented by students from the Nursing, Culinary and Human Services programs, along some faculty and staff members.

Mahalo for taking time on a Saturday to support this worthy event put on by the American Heart Association and for representing Hawai‘i Community College in the community.

In addition to the walk, we also raised $1,200 in donations for the American Heart Association. Nice work, everyone! Mahalo to Kehau Leehong-Mauga for organizing the event for HawCC!


There’s still time to nominate your peers for awards at Hawai‘i Community College as a way to recognize their talent and hard work.

  • Here are the awards and the deadlines:
  • Outstanding Lecturer (Deadline: April 5, 2013)
  • Outstanding Staff Member (Deadline: April 5, 2013)
  • Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service (Deadline: April 5, 2013)
  • Innovation Award (Deadline: April 5, 2013)

If you need a nomination form, see Janice Watanabe.

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