The University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges (UHCC) is a statewide system of seven separately accredited institutions which is part of the larger ten-campus University of Hawai’i System. UHCC annually serves more than 24,000 credit students which consists of a mix of traditional and non-traditional, full-time and part-time, and provides an accessible, affordable, and high-quality education in a variety of programs from career and technical education to liberal arts.
UHCC also serves its communities and industries by offering a variety of non-credit classes for professional training or personal enrichment through each of the college’s Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.
In 1964, the Hawai’i State Legislature passed the Hawai’i Community College Act, which directed the UH Board of Regents to develop and administer a system of community colleges. This new law transferred Honolulu, Kapi‘olani, Kaua‘i and Maui technical schools from the Hawai‘i State Department of Education to the University of Hawai‘i. Hawai‘i, Leeward and Windward Community Colleges were added later.
In 2021, the University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges was named the best community college system in the nation, according to WalletHub’s 2021 Best and Worst Community Colleges.