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Through this Workforce Development Initiative, the University of Hawai'i Community Colleges (UHCC) will identify areas that have high growth potential, develop innovative technologies to advance the state's economy, and build programs that address workforce shortages that are evident today and critical for the future. While working closely with business and government entities, UHCC will focus its efforts on:

  • Increasing the educational capital of the state
  • Meeting workforce development needs
  • Diversifying the state's economy
  • Serving underrepresented regions and populations
  • Creating an efficient, sustainable organization
As the primary source for career and technical education in Hawai'i, the community colleges are uniquely positioned to respond to the state's critical workforce needs. UHCC utilizes a broad and holistic approach in developing innovative educational programs for a very diverse group of people, ranging from college students to working professionals, from the under skilled to the recently unemployed, as well as high school students.

Because the diversity and interests of the individuals we serve are quite wide, we have initiated multiple educational pathways to jobs and/or college credentials. For example, the health care educational pathways are designed for students who may want to quickly complete their education through noncredit, short-term training, yet have the option to advance forward into a credit program with a goal of attaining a college degree. UHCC has developed construction and other career and technical education academies in partnership with high schools to prepare students for the workforce or college programs in critical industry areas, such as nursing, teaching, computer/IT, optics and more. We are also working on developing more online career and technical education classes.

Other workforce initiatives include expanding programs across the state to increase access, creating short-term training to respond to critical shortages, or creating new programs to support new job demands in emerging industries, such as energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors.

Having a clear understanding of workforce and demographic trends, changes in skill and job expectations, as well as national and international trends, enables the community colleges to better plan and manage resources more effectively, and respond more quickly to community needs. Throughout this site, you'll see evidence of our efforts in meeting Hawai'i's workforce challenges, as well as data and information that helps us align educational and training to meet workforce needs.

The charts below provide a glimpse of Hawai'i's workforce demands in the future. For more details, visit the state's Hawai'i Workforce Infonet website for Hawai'i's Long-term Projections, 2008-2018, report.
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