The University of Hawai'i Community Colleges (UHCC) Workforce Initiative encompasses many ongoing activities and demonstration projects that help Hawai'i
build a skilled and well-trained workforce. These initiatives strengthen the capacity in the colleges and increase the number of graduates in high-demand
fields of study. To effectively meet the workforce challenge, UHCC addresses all critical touchpoints in a students' career pathway, starting from high
school to graduation, ensuring that educational programs meet industry standards and students have access to necessary tools and equipment. Here are some
examples of program initiatives that lead to more qualified graduates.
Offering Quicker Start to College with Dual-Credit Programs
In partnership with the Hawai'i State Department of Education (DOE), UHCC has introduced several dual-credit programs that help high school students get a
faster start to earning a college credential. Running Start is a statewide program offering
high school juniors and seniors, who are eligible, opportunity to enroll in college classes throughout the University of Hawai'i system as part of their high
school coursework, earning them both high school and college credits. Jump Start
Program is a pilot project that allows high school seniors to enroll full-time in selected career and technical education programs at either Honolulu or
Kapi'olani Community Colleges and earn high school credit for college courses they successfully complete. Participating high schools of this pilot project
include Farrington, Kaimuki, McKinley and Roosevelt high schools.
In addition, the University of Hawai'i and the Department of Education also entered into a Dual Credit Articulated Program of Study (DCAPS) agreement to provide
a mechanism for students from Hawai'i's public high schools, who enroll at the any one of the UH Community Colleges, to receive college credit for mastery of
standards gained in qualified courses taken in the high school. For more information and a list of articulated agreements, visit the
Career and Technical Education Center.
Ensuring Quality Career and Technical Education
When it comes to career and technical education, no other institution can compare to the community colleges in the breadth and quality of programs. The UH
community colleges, fully accredited by the Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, are also pursuing
program accreditation by external accrediting boards and commissions. Of the 105 career and technical programs offered at the community colleges, 39 programs
are accredited by local and national associations. Campuses are working to acquire external program accreditation/licensure status for all programs.
Delivering Career and Technical Education via Online
By far, the fastest growing category of online education is in Career and Technical Education (CTE) for a variety of reasons: 1) online education enrollees are
mostly working adults, who have day jobs; 2) multiple delivery and technology options available; 3) many external resource providers and partnerships available.
Noncredit high-tech courses are offered through the UHCC consortium entity called the Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training. A plan to develop more
CTE courses that lead to college degrees and certificates are being developed by individual campuses. More details can be found at the
"Distance Education Initiative" site.