Hawaiian Studies degree ‘approved’

Welcome to the first edition of the academic year’s “News from KCC” column, a chance for the community to get to know more about Kauai Community College, the island’s only institution of higher education. Once a month we highlight the people, places, and events that make the college the hub of so much of what happens on Kauai.

Congratulations to the KCC Career Ladder Nursing Program for receiving full re-accreditation for the next eight years from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing after submitting a rigorous self-study and undergoing a site visit last March. ACEN assesses the quality of nursing programs across the country based on six standards of excellence, all of which KCC met or exceeded.

The Hawaiian Studies Department announces that the associate of arts degree in Hawaiian Studies has been officially approved by the board of regents. In 2012, the board gave provisional approval to the degree program, and since that time 164 degrees have been awarded to students throughout the UH system.

Also from Hawaiian Studies, the department recently acquired a 30-foot double-hulled sailing canoe which will be used for the college’s Polynesian Voyaging Academic Subject Certificate. The vessel will provide hands-on experience in learning the fundamentals of canoe-sailing, as well as introducing students to seamanship skills. Contact: Dennis Chun, 245-8202.

The new Creative Media Degree Program at KCC has launched the Creative Media Consortium, a student-focused effort that links students who have demonstrated industry benchmark skills with paying freelance work.

In September, the Consortium will feature a professionally-produced website that showcases student bios, skills and project samples. KCC’s Creative Media Degree Program receives fiscal resources from the University of Hawaii Academy for Creative Media and offers students the opportunity to progress to a four-year degree program in Creative Media at UH West Oahu’s ACM program. Contact: Stephen Watkins at watkinss@hawaii.edu.

The KCC Financial Aid Office announces that the 2018-19 Financial Aid Form (FAFSA) will launch on October 1. The U.S. DOE will require 2016 tax information on the form. Contact: Roxanne Carvalho (245-8360).

Registration for the 10th annual Kauai Regional Science Olympiad Tournament will begin on Sept. 5. The tournament is open to all middle and high school students and will be held at KCC on Saturday, Jan. 13. Contact: Ryan Girard, at girardr@hawaii.edu.

The University Center at KCC will offer a degree preparation information session on Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in OCET Building 106D. Find out how to prepare for a degree, as well as learn about bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, and certificate programs available via distance learning in the University of Hawaii system. Local support and resources are available to help students succeed. Contact: Rhonda Liu (245-8330) or Jill Kouchi (651-1561).


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


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