Hawai‘i CC offering free workforce training


Recent National Career Readiness Certificate recipients celebrate completing the Hilo iCAN program. Trainees earned their certificates after participating in an ongoing statewide program offered in partnership with DLIR and Hawai‘i CC. Front row (seated), from left, are Janette Silva, Audrey Bidal, Michelle Kobayashi, Adeline Coltes, Felicia Rodrigues, Denise Acasia, Walter Mihara. Back row: Kimberley Schorr (Math Instructor), Daniel Vares, Micheline Akpro-Assi, Chad Kaya, Stormy Smith, James Anderson, Albert Loando, and Theresa Divinski (Reading Instructor).

Hawai‘i Community College and the State of Hawai‘i Workforce Development Division continue to collaborate in offering free Individualized Career Achievement Network (iCAN) workshops in Waimea, Pahala, and Hilo. Designed for anyone interested in improving their reading, writing, math and workplace skills, the iCAN workshops are a fast-paced way for employees and job seekers to improve their employability skills.

Open to anyone over 18 at no charge, whether or not they have a high school diploma, these self-paced iCAN workshops prepare students for the workforce as they pursue a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). The NCRC has been recognized as the most effective strategy for certifying workplace skills and predicting workplace success.  Over one million certificates have been issued and more than 40 states have statewide or regional certificate programs. Over 40 Hawai‘i Island residents have already achieved the NCRC through this program.

“I am really enjoying all of it.  The teachers are great!” said iCAN trainee, Angel K.  “I am looking forward to taking the NCRC exam.  I am really ready for it! I will encourage others to check this program out to improve their job skills.”

Classes are continuously being held in Hilo, Pahala, and Waimea, with ongoing enrollment in each program. “You can join anytime at any one of our locations island-wide,” said Program Coordinator, Carolina Sborja. “Call me today to start improving your skills and employability.” Carolina can be reached by calling 808-934-2700 or via email at csborja@hawaii.edu

These workshops are made available through a grant awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants (C3T), as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

The grant will fuel the development of education and training curriculum and student academic/career coaching, which targets certificate and degree programs specific to the needs of agriculture, energy and health industries. These industry-focused, employer-driven programs are designed to increase college completion rates and provide job opportunities to the C3T participants.

“I’ll forever be grateful, thankful, for the opportunity to learn how to learn again,” said NCRC achiever, Jeffrey C.



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