Here are some upcoming events at Kauai Community College:
• The University of Hawaii Sustainability Summit will be livestreamed from the Big Island on Thursday and Friday in the lobby of the KCC Learning Resource Center. The summit will feature leaders in the university system’s sustainability efforts, including Dr. Chip Fletcher and Dr. Pualani Kanakaole Kanahele. Contact: Julia Morgan firstname.lastname@example.org, 245-8206.
• The University of Hawaii College of Education will present a distance learning information session on Feb. 12 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the KCC Business Education Building (BUS), Room 110. The session is aimed at licensed teachers seeking a graduate program or opportunities for professional development, and also those interested in becoming licensed teachers. Funding is available for those seeking teaching careers in high-need areas, such as English, math, science and special education. Contact: Rhonda Liu, email@example.com, 245-8330.
• The Shidler College of Business of the University of Hawaii will also present a distance education information session, this one to be held on Feb. 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the KCC Learning Resource Center (LRC) Room 128. Attendees will learn about the Shidler Distance Education executive programs that begin in the Fall 2018 semester. Topics to be covered will be the Distance EMBA (optional health care track), as well as the Master of Human Resource Management program. The 90-minute session will also cover program formats, the curriculum and the admission process. Contact: Rhonda Liu, firstname.lastname@example.org, 245-8330.
• As part of their co-sponsored “Earth Matters” public lecture series, the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) and Kauai Community College will present a free lecture titled “Saving Seeds to Save Ohia: Rapid Ohia Death (ROD) Mitigation Strategies on Kauai.” Dustin Wolkis, NTBG Seed Bank and Laboratory manager, is the featured speaker. The lecture will take place on Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the KCC Campus Center Cafeteria. ROD is a disease caused by newly identified fungal pathogens that are decimating large areas of ohia lehua forests on the Big Island. Wolkis will shed light on how Kauai is mitigating the impact of ROD. Contact: Margaret Clark at 332-7324.
• The American Culinary Federation’s 32nd annual Breakfast Fundraiser will be held on Feb. 18 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the grounds of Kauai Community College. The brunch will be prepared by KCC Culinary students working alongside popular Kauai chefs. The menu will feature eggs Benedict, omelets cooked to order, pancakes, fresh fruits and pastries. Tickets are $20 in advance ($24 at the door) for adults, and $5 for children ages 5-10 (children under 5 free). Tickets are available at the KCC cafeteria and numerous locations around the island. The event helps to support the KCC culinary program with scholarships and equipment. Contact: Chef Martina Hilldorfer at 245-8265.
• The KCC Financial Aid Office will offer a workshop on applying for various financial resources for college on Feb. 25 from noon to 2 p.m. in the KCC One Stop Center. Students and parents can receive assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and/or the UH Common Scholarship application for the 2018-19 award year. Staff from the Financial Aid Office will be available to answer questions. Attendees are asked to bring their 2016 tax returns and 2016 W2s. Contact: KCC Financial Aid Office, 245-8360.
Greg Shepherd is a music professor at Kauai Community College.