KCC News: Lots of learning going on

The faculty and staff of Kauai Community College extend warm wishes to our island community for 2014. Here are some of the notable events that begin the New Year at the island’s only institution of higher learning.

Prior Learning Assessment has become a UH-System approved policy and is being implemented this semester at KCC to allow participants to receive college credit for career, military, expertise, and life experiences that are equal to college-level learning.

For more information contact Student Services at 245-8274.

The Honda International Opportunities Fund recently awarded a $4,800 grant to the college to host its International Awareness Month in February and March of 2014. Mr. Paul S. Honda was a philanthropist with a lifelong affinity and commitment to international affairs.

His $1 million endowment led to the establishment of the Honda International Opportunities Fund. The fund is also used for scholarships for UH students to study abroad and as seed money to internationalize UH campuses.

The International Awareness Month is a way for the college to jumpstart efforts at bringing more international perspectives to the campus, and to better prepare students to live in an increasingly interconnected world.

For more information, contact International Education Coordinator Kyoko Ikeda at 245-8354.

Focus on faculty

Born and raised in Wailua, Puali’ili’imaikalani Rossi-Fukino is an instructor of Hawaiian Studies and Hawaiian Language at KCC. Her interest in Hawaiian culture led her to a bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian studies and anthropology from UH Hilo as well as a Master’s in Hawaiian Studies from UH Manoa. She is extremely grateful to be back at KCC to share the love of her culture with her students.

Acting Nursing Program Director Kurt Rutter earned a master’s degree in nursing education at Excelsior College. He worked at Vassar Brothers Medical Center as a critical care nurse, Wilcox Hospital as an ER nurse, and joined the nursing faculty at KCC in 2009.

This year he has been working to develop health sciences programs that are culturally responsive and student centered. Rutter is also pleased to announce that his department is adding an on-campus pharmacology course for nurses in fall 2014.

• Greg Shepherd is an Associate Professor of Music at Kauai Community College.

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