Meeting on today for teacher-training programs coming to KCC next year

Supporting an initiative of Dr. Evan Dobelle, president of the University of Hawai‘i, to train more teachers locally, is Dr. Kani A. Blackwell, in charge of teacher-training programs being organized at Kaua‘i Community College in Puhi.

She presides over a meeting today, Saturday, Sept. 20, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the KCC Learning Resource Center room 122.

The public-information session is for both post-baccalaureate certificate in secondary education and bachelor’s degree in elementary education programs.

The bachelor’s-degree program will begin next summer, and the PBSCE program will begin in fall 2004, said Blackwell.

Those successfully completing either program will be eligible for initial teaching licensing.

Instruction will be delivered through a combination of distance learning, via computer, and through condensed-weekend delivery. Students will be required to travel to UH-Manoa three weekends each semester, with airfare and overnight accommodations provided.

Access to computers is necessary to enroll.

At today’s meeting, representatives of the UH College of Education Institute for Teacher Training, Outreach and Technology and Office of Student Advising Services will be available to answer questions.

Detailed program information is available at http://www.hawaii.edu/coe/departments/outreach/. For more information, please call Blackwell, 245-8330, or the UH Office of Student Advising Services, 1-808-956-7849.

Blackwell, who recently bought a home in Kapa‘a, is coordinator of the program on Kaua‘i. She is in her 37th year in education, and had recently acquired tenure at California State University at Monterey Bay.

A professor and administrator, she is in charge of recruiting students, organizing classes, and connecting KCC with UH-Manoa in terms of education training, she said.

She is enthusiastic about establishing teacher-training programs on this island. “What’s exciting is that they don’t have to go off” the island to get the training, she said.

Blackwell also will seek to establish Teachers of Tomorrow clubs both at KCC and local high schools, she said.

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