Fourteen KCC students get financial help

Fourteen students in the Kauai Community College Nursing Program were recently awarded a total of $24,000 by the Kauai Mokihana Club for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Additionally, the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust provided 12 scholarships to military veterans who are nursing students at several University of Hawaii campuses. KCC nursing students Bobby Brinkley and Bradley Gudoy were among the recipients.

“I am truly grateful to receive the veterans scholarship offered by the May and Stanley Smith charitable trust,” Brinkley said of the award. “The money allows me to concentrate on my studies without having to worry about tuition and books.”

Former U.S. Marine Gudoy echoed the sentiment: “I’ve always dreamed of becoming a nurse, and this scholarship is going to help a lot financially.”

The event’s organizer, UH Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, is one of 20 programs in the country providing college credit for veterans’ past medical experience.

In so doing, the school has created accelerated pathways to professional nursing and employment for service members with healthcare experience.

The KCC Office of Continuing Education and Training offers an ongoing selection of non-credit courses for the community, including aquaponics, beekeeping, horticulture, business skills, bartending, food safety certification, computer applications, forklift and security guard certification, automotive skills, carpentry, American Sign Language, Japanese language, and many more. Contact the OCET office at 245-8318.

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Greg Shepherd is a professor at Kauai Community College. He can be reached at shep@hawaii.edu or 245-8269.

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