Mahalo for supporting International Education

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Hawai‘i CC has continued to make significant progress in pursuing its international education goals. The International Education Committee couldn’t do it without the support of Hawai‘i CC students, faculty, staff, and the local community.

The International Education Committee is particularly grateful for the support we have received from the Hawai‘i Community College’s administration under the leadership of Chancellor Noreen Yamane.

Mahalo for Study Abroad Support

Steven Clements is our Hawai‘i CC Study Abroad contact. Through his efforts, we have had a number of campus visits by representatives from organizations offering study abroad scholarships and other opportunities such as the Freeman Foundation, Fulbright, Honda, and Hakuoh Study Tour.

In the Summer of 2012, Hawai’i Community College Nursing major, Carly Vierra was awarded the Harris Wofford Global Service Fellowship. The Fellowship award allowed Ms. Vierra to travel to Cape Town where she spent three weeks as a volunteer.

Agriculture student Lori Bothwell traveled to Honduras for a 10-day intensive workshop in sustainable agriculture at Zamorano University. This was a Study Abroad course developed by Dr. Pamela Scheffler of Hawai’i.

In Fall 2012, two Hawai’i Community College students were chosen to receive Freeman Foundation Scholarships. Amy Hinton and Ty Widhalm spent the summer at Kapiolani Community College taking intensive courses in Chinese language and culture. Both of them  then studied in Shanghai, China for the Fall 2012 semester.

A Hawai‘i CC West Hawai‘i student was awarded the Honda scholarship for Study Abroad in Europe in summer 2013.

Hawai‘i CC student, Kara Nelson will go  on this year’s 10-day Hakuoh University Study Tour to Japan in June.

Several Hawai’i CC students applied for the Freeman Japan Program for Summer 2013 and are awaiting to hear the results.

We would like to thank the many faculty who opened their classrooms to these representatives and who encouraged their students to apply. In addition, we would like to thank Debbie Nakagawa and Karen Hayashida from the UHCC System Office for their support of study abroad.

For more information on Study Abroad at Hawai‘i Community College, check:

Mahalo to the International Education Committee

The International Education Committee is dedicated to promoting international education (IE) on our campus. I would like to offer a big MAHALO to the hard-working committee members:

Andrey Chan, Steven Clements, Gabe James, Kamaka Gunderson, Carrie Mospens, Violet Murakami, Elizabeth Niemeyer, Christine Quintana, Deseree Salvador, Pam Scheffler, Francis-Dean Uchima, Noe Noe Wong-Wilson, Melissa Yamanaka

Highlights of our achievements this past academic year:

  • wrote up and received a Honda International Opportunities Fund award  of $2,698;
  • planned International Education Week November 14 and 15, 2012;
  • collected data for submission to the UHCC International Education  Report;
  • developed outcomes for International Education Week 2013;
  • assisted with the planning of the proposed International Office;
  • assisted with the development of 2 grant proposals with IREX, a  non-profit organization which provides programs to promote global change.  Both grants are funded by the US State Department, the Community College  Initiative (CCI) grant, and the Tunisia Scholarship Program;

assisted with the decision to join a cohort of 2 other UHCCs (Leeward and Windward) to take part in the American Council on Education (ACE) Center for

  • Internationalization and Global Engagement, Internationalization  Laboratory’s 10th cohort. The ACE Internationalization  Laboratory will offer customized guidance and insight as we review our  internationalization goals and develop strategic plans.

Starting in fall 2013, the International Education Committee is looking forward to working with Leeward and Windward College, other members of the 10th cohort, and the ACE Internationalization experts to internationalize Hawai‘i Community College. We are also looking forward to bringing in members of our Kauhale to join us in this effort.

More information on the ACE Lab can be found here:

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