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Degree Pathway Partnerships

  • UH Community Colleges have formed degree pathway partnerships with various universities to help you start your four-year degree at the community colleges.
  • These partnerships not only saves you money in tuition cost, but it allows you to transition easily from community colleges to the four-year partner institution while continuing your educational pathway in your chosen field of study.
  • Although Kapi’olani Community College is at the forefront of developing degree pathways in partnership with UH Hilo, UH West O‘ahu and UH Manoa, all seven campuses are working to partner up with four-year institutions here in Hawai‘i and on the U.S. mainland. Since each partnership is unique, we recommend that you contact an academic advisor for a list of partner institutions at the community college of your choice.
  • Below are the partnerships that have been established by various community colleges with four-year institutions.
  • Kapi’olani Community College and UH Manoa have established the degree pathway partnership program, called the Ka’ie’ie Program, that allows students to be enrolled at both campuses but attend classes at Kapi’olani CC at the community college tuition rate. The program offers two paths for students: 1) they can apply and be accepted to UH Manoa but declare Kapi’olani CC their home institution and take their courses at Kapi’olani CC, or 2) they can begin at Kapi’olani CC and apply through the program to UH Manoa after earning 24 credits and maintaining a 2.0 GPA at Kapi’olani CC. Once accepted to UH Manoa, these students can choose to continue taking classes at Kapi’olani CC, still indicating the campus as their home institution. Visit the Ka'ie'ie page for additional information.
  • Kapi’olani Community College and UH Hilo Hilo have joined to create a degree pathway partnership that allows Kapi'olani students to work toward a Bachelor of Business Administration at Hilo. Faculty in marine science, English and sociology have also created pathways from the Kapi'olani Associate in Arts degree to the Bachelor of Arts at Hilo. Advantages include advising from both Kapi'olani and Hilo faculty, and continuing student status when the students transfer to Hilo.
  • Hilo has joined with Windward to design a Degree Pathway in geology, and with Hawai'i and Maui in agriculture, forestry and natural resource management. Hilo is also collaborating with Hawai'i to share resources in administration of justice, substance abuse counseling, psychology and mathematics.
  • Hawai’i Community College and Leeward Community College have a transfer agreement with Oregon State University. (Contact the community colleges for more details.)
  • Windward Community College’s University Partners Office is partnering with Chaminade University to offer a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice degree.
  • Leeward Community College is partnering with UH West O’ahu to offer a joint certificate in Applied Forensic Anthropology.
  • Honolulu Community College and the University of Maryland University College  (UMUC) have formed an alliance to provide the most accessible bachelor's degree program available in Hawai’i to military students and their spouses. You can retain all the benefits of a SOC Agreement and gain more. With Honolulu CC courses, you will make a seamless transition to a UMUC degree program in the following area: business management, humanities, information and systems management or psychology.
  • Honolulu Community College and the University of North Dakota (UND) offer students the opportunity to train in Hawai’i for a career as a professional pilot and earn a college degree. The curriculum is designed as a "2+2" relationship, allowing HCC students to obtain their Commercial Pilot certificate, instrument and multi-engine ratings plus a Flight Instructor Certificate upon completion of the Associate Degree program, and then progress on to a bachelor’s degree in an aviation discipline and advanced flight training at UND.

Maui College offers first four-year degree

Maui College offers the first four-year degree by a community college in the state of Hawai’i, a Bachelor of Applied Business and Information Technology (ABIT). The degree combines business and information technology and is designed to enable graduates to develop and/or manage small- to med-sized companies, work in management and technology positions, or enter graduate school.



University Centers

The University Centers on Maui, Kaua’i and Hawai’i allow you to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree without leaving your island home. These centers, administered by the community colleges on the respective islands, provide local residents access to certificates, baccalaureate and graduate degrees offered at UH Manoa, UH Hilo or UH West O’ahu. The University Centers do not award credentials but serve as a “broker” with UH campuses that offer baccalaureate or higher degrees


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