CCE News

Events and news from Windward Community College – Career and Community Education

Windward Community College receives NACTA Award

On April 9, 2018 Windward Community College’s Chancellor Doug Dykstra presented the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teaching Award of Merit to Charlene Akina, WCC Workforce - Foodservice Coordinator. Dr. Inge White and Charlene Akina (photo: left to right) recently aligned their credit and noncredit courses for students interested in exploring a career as a skilled agricultural-food technician. This training program will be known as a Certificate of Competence in Plant-Food Production and Technology.

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Hawai‘i’s first workforce sector partnership launches the Universal Banker training program

Hawai‘i’s first sector partnership was launched in June 2016, championed by Rich Wacker, president and CEO of American Savings Bank, and the Hawai‘i Bankers Association. Banking executives and human resource directors identified high priority talent needs in banking and finance and developed an agenda for improving their talent pipeline. Bank subject matter experts and University of Hawai‘i curriculum design team from Windward Community College worked together to develop a universal banker curriculum, specific to Hawai‘i, that can be taken online, face-to-face or in a blended format. Topics covered included banking products, banking ethics, business communications skills, and customer service in banking specific to Hawai‘i.

On August 24, 2017, twenty-five participants from 7 Hawai‘i banks recently completed the first Universal Banker training. This sector partnership brought together the University of Hawai‘i and Hawai‘i Bankers Association to address the changes needed in the banking and financial workforce.

Learn more about the Universal Banker Program at or call (808) 235-7433.

Nurse aide apprenticeship program connects students with employers

August 3, 2017, UH News

Students studying to become a certified nurse aide (CNA) or nurse aide (NA) in the Windward Community College Health Science Pathway will benefit from a Hawaiʻi Department of Labor and Industrial Relations contract awarded to the state’s CNA Apprenticeship Program. The contract supports a seamless transition from CNA training at Windward CC to a paid apprenticeship position with one of the program’s 10 employer-partners.
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Learn more about the CNA Apprenticeship Program at

Contact CNA program manager, Dawn Poh at (808) 235-7328.

Coolin’aire - A Culinary Jazz Odyssey

June 10, 2017, Palikū Theatre

A Culinary Jazz Odyssey at the Palikū Theatre was a performance that thoroughly wowed the senses. [read more]

Ko‘olau Shrimp Pa‘ina 2017

March 11, 2017, Windward CC

The Rotary Club of Windward Oahu and Windward Community College came together for the second annual Ko‘olau Shrimp Pa‘ina. [read more]

Windward CC alumni and ambassadors explore Nursing Mala ‘Ai Ho‘ola garden

February 3, 2017, UH Alumni

Windward CC's Foodservice Program Coordinator - Charlene Akina leads Windward CC ambassadors and UH Windward CC alumni through the Nursing Mala ‘Ai Ho‘ola
Garden. [read more]

Windward Community College Named First College in Hawaii to Become a Blue Zones Project Approved Worksite

October 5, 2016, Blue Zones Project, Hawaii

The campus is a very spiritual place where we take care of one another, the land, and make strides toward sustainability. [read more]

Windward CC Ko‘olaupoko Tour

July 9, 2016, UH Alumni

Windward Community College alumni visited their alma mater to participate in the Ko‘olaupoko Tour and Lunch on Saturday, July 9, 2016. [read more]

Hawaii’s Kitchen: Uala Leaf Café’s 100 calorie bread pudding

July 7, 2016, KHON Living 808

The cafe team was invited to showcase their newly created 100 calorie bread pudding that is Blue Zone's friendly and delicious!

Uala Leaf Cafe at Windward CC Named Blue Zones Project Approved Restaurant

June 2, 2016, Blue Zones Project, Hawaii

Windward CC is the first University of Hawaii campus to become a Blue Zones Project Approved restaurant. [read more]

Windward partners with Hawaiʻi Small Business Development Center

May 26, 2016, University of Hawaii News

Under the agreement, business consultants from Hawaiʻi SBDC will meet on campus with Windward CC. [read more]
Two men and two women in a herb and vegetable garden.

Windward CC Garden Tour

 April 23, 2016, UH Alumni

Approximately 50 participants from around the island, including donors and alumni, came to explore the Nursing and Agripharmatech Bioprocessing Medicinal Gardens. [read more]

WCC - Hawai‘i Ocean Education Academy Promotes Ocean Education for All

March 8 - 9, 2016, San Diego, CA

The HOEA team visits the Miramar Community College Regional Lifeguard Academy during a USLA Lifeguard training scenario at Ocean Beach Pier. [read more]
Lifeguard performing an in water rescue training exercise.

Program teaches ocean safety for all

February 9, 2016, Ka 'Ohana
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Two females and one male with mops.

‘Uala Leaf Cafe opens its doors

February 9, 2016, Ka ‘Ohana
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Two chefs and six students.

First HARIETT Students Complete Yearlong Culinary Training at WCC

December 8, 2015, University of Hawaii News
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Two caucasian men on stage.

Jim Bagnola Leadership Seminar “Inspires” at WCC

October 20, 2015, Windward CC

Line drawing of a woman with a red hairband and hibiscus in her hair. Her hair is rainbow colored.

DHT leads 2015 Pookela winners list

By John Berger
August 11, 2015, StarAdvertiser - Pulse

Tom Holowach’s production of “Hairspray” at Paliku Theatre (PKU) received nine awards. [read more]
Midweek cover featuring Chris Duque sitting at a desk with a computer. Title: To-catch-a-cyber-crook


By Rasa Fournier
June 17, 2015, Midweek


Star-Advertiser, Kokua Line - Oct. 29, 2014
MAHALO to Dr. Jamie Boyd and her nursing students manning the first aid station and the nursing school tent at the Windward Hoolaulea. Mahalo also to Kaui and Kelona, who kept an eye on me while I waited to feel better.
Kaui even taught me how to make palaia (Hawaiian kendama). As Dr. Boyd tended to me, I knew that I was in capable, caring hands. All of the nursing students were caring and professional. Thank you to all of you. -- Darren
Man on a jet ski.

Teaching Others How To Stay Alive

By Ron Mizutani
April 23, 2014, Midweek

Jamie Boyd wearing a red flower lei.

By Christina O'Connor
May 8, 2013, Midweek

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