Business Briefs for Monday, June 25, 2012

New hours for Koloa Farmers MarketUH hires grant manager

New hours for Koloa Farmers Market

The Koloa Farmers Market has announced a change in its hours of operation on Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m.

“After reviewing retail sales for Koloa business for the past six months we’ve found that the peak selling hours are between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.,” said Pattie White, director.

The market had been running from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

UH hires grant manager

HONOLULU — The Office of the Vice President for Community Colleges announced Wednesday the appointment of Steven Lee as the new C3T grant program manager.

“Steven brings a variety of economic workforce development experience that spans both government and private sectors,” said Scott Murakami, director of workforce development for the University of Hawai’i Community Colleges. “The range of industries in which he has worked provides an excellent foundation for ensuring the success of this grant.”

Lee joins the management team from the University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges to coordinate the $24.6 million consortium grant that was awarded through the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration.

The grant will fuel the development of education and training curriculum and student academic and career coaching, which targets certificate and degree programs specific to the needs of agriculture, energy and health industries. These industry-focused, employer-driven programs are designed to increase college completion rates and provide job opportunities to the C3T participants.

Lee has over 30 years of experience in the fields of economic development and marketing, most of which were spent as an economic development specialist at the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

At DBEDT, Lee served in various leadership roles including acting chief officer of the creative industries division, business manager of the investment and business analysis branch, and business manager of the film production tax credit program.

Lee has served on the boards of the Hawai‘i Capital Cultural Coalition, Hawai‘i High Technology Corporation, Aloha Tower Development Authority and the Air Cargo Association of Hawai‘i, as well as the Workforce Development Council and planning groups for the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

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