University launches distance learning for Neighbor Islands

The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa launches its new master’s of social work distance-learning program for the Neighbor Islands next year, but is currently accepting applications now.

“There are a lot of things the university has to consider because the application goes to the graduate school and the college itself. So it’s just kind of a process applicants have to go through,” said acting assistant dean of instruction/university center director Mona Kincaid.

The distance-learning program allows students to receive their master’s degrees without having to move to Honolulu. This long-awaited program is the result of years of effort on the part of faculty, staff and community members who have developed this program option and lobbied for the funds to support it.

“We held a meeting back in September about the program and actually had a good turnout. There’s a lot of interest in it here because it hasn’t been here for a long time,” Kincaid said. “(Our board) kind of pushed for it to come back in an online or some kind of hybridized version just so we have it.”

A hybridized version means a combination of online and interactive, televised lectures and proctored exams at the KCC campus. Faculty will also be on-island on some weekends for face-to-face interaction with the students. Upon completion of the part-time three-year program, graduates will receive their master’s in social work.

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The Neighbor Island deadline for the distance learning option is Nov. 1.

• Lanaly Cabalo, lifestyle writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or


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