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Leeward Community College

Student success is our number one priority.

Like No Place On Earth

Leeward Community College maintains two locations: the Pearl City campus overlooking historic Pearl Harbor and an expanding campus on the Wai‘anae coast. At both locations, the College offers the necessary educational opportunities for our community members and students to thrive in an increasingly complex and competitive work environment. As we look toward our 50th anniversary in 2018, we face increasing challenges of record enrollment growth and our goal of expanding student opportunities in science and technology, teacher education and enhancing the overall student experience.

Campus Points of Pride

Leeward Community College is the third largest campus in the UH system and has grown to be the community college serving the largest number of Native Hawaiian undergraduate students and the largest number of military & veteran students.

The Pearl, the college’s fine dining restaurant, won its sixth ‘Ilima Award, the only UH culinary program to win six years in a row.

The College was recognized as a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs, for the sixth consecutive year. The 2016 Military Friendly Schools list was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide.

Leeward was voted #1 Career & Technical Education and #2 Live Theatre in the
Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Best of People’s Choice competition for two years in a row!

#1 Choice of Hawai‘i’s high school students…
According to CCRI Data from the Hawai‘i State Department of Education and the Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education, Leeward ranks #1 in the number of Hawai‘i HS students attending college. The data included both 2 and 4 year institutions in-state and out-of-state.

Sustainability Award Winner
Leeward is making great strides with its sustainability efforts. In March, 2016 the college was honored as one of the first UH President’s Green Initiative Awards winners.  “Integrated Approach to Resource Recovery” is a student initiated and student run project to develop a process to collect food waste on campus and turn it into high-quality organic fertilizer and compost for the campus farm.

Student Christina Kaleiwahea, who also won a student leader in sustainability award, is leading the project. The top awards recognized student initiative, innovation, creativity and civic engagement in campus and community sustainability.

A Leader in High School Dual Enrollment Program
Leeward CC is the leader in dual enrollment programs, coordinating Early College, JumpStart, Running Start, and Early Admit options. These programs have grown dramatically, totaling more that 500 high school participants in spring 2016. Leeward’s Early College program alone, where college courses are offered at the high school campuses, has witnessed more than a 1000 percent increase in less than four years, with 41 students enrolled in fall 2012 and 460 in spring 2016.

In May 2016 the U.S. Department of Education invited Leeward Community College to be one of only 44 postsecondary institutions nationwide to participate in an experiment that—for the first time—allows high school students taking college-credit courses to access Federal Pell Grants. Leeward CC is the only higher education institution in the State of Hawaiʻi selected for the project. Pell grants are for qualifying low-income individuals and do not have to be repaid.

Worth Investing In

Leeward Community College maintains a unique role in serving students from across Hawai‘i, and beyond, with a special commitment to Native Hawaiians. In fact, of the 10 campuses within the UH System, Leeward serves the largest number of Native Hawaiian undergraduate students.

That’s worth fighting for. That’s worth investing in. That’s why we need you, especially as we seek out new opportunities to expand and strengthen vital programs that serve our students and community.

Please join us as together we Journey Beyond.

Funding Priorities

Student Scholarships and Financial Aid

We strive to ensure that every student can afford to attend Leeward CC, regardless of family finances. Nothing else we do to improve the quality of a University of Hawai‘i education will matter if students and families cannot afford the opportunities we offer. And nothing else that donors do will have greater impact than transforming the future for generations of students. Your gift will help keep the cost of higher education within reach for many students as they pursue their ambitions.

Endowed named scholarships can be secured with gifts starting at $25,000.

Leeward Community College Theatre

To say that Leeward Community College Theater has changed lives is an understatement. More than 6,000 students have learned the art of self-expression, creativity and performance since the 640-seat theatre opened in 1974. Some have gone on to form their own theatre companies, performing in Hawai‘i, on Broadway and around the world. Many more are working as stage technicians, designers and theatre managers. More than 2.4 million people have seen or participated in an event at the theatre since its founding.

Gifts to the campaign will support new generations of actors, dancers, and musicians and secure the theatre’s vitality for decades to come. Naming opportunities are available.

STEM Programs

Leeward CC’s engineering program is central to UH’s effort to prepare Hawai‘i's workforce and increase the number of students completing STEM degrees (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). The college is an important part of the technical development of human resources in the state as we prepare undergraduates to meet shifting workforce expectations that will require more STEM-related technical skills in the immediate future.

Your gift will support STEM students directly and enhance all aspects of STEM education and programming.

Digital Media and TV

The digital media industry has a huge potential to develop and thrive in Hawai‘i, given the state’s ideal location and strategic global position that bridges Asia and the continental U.S. Leeward CC’s Associate in Science Degree allows students to focus their studies on everything from character animation to digital photography, Internet publishing, motion graphics, Web architecture and design, digital media production and more.

Gifts to the campaign will be used to continue to build a rapidly evolving 21st-century infrastructure for digital media and TV, including computer hardware and software that support budding artists, technicians, programmers and engineers.

Information and Computer Science

Today’s world revolves around technology — creating a continual need for skilled Information and Computer Science workers. ICS students at Leeward CC are plugging into one of the fastest growing sectors of employment, preparing for careers as specialists in information security, database support, mobile developers, software developers and network support.

Your gift will benefit ICS students across the Leeward campus and support much-needed equipment and software upgrades.

Chef-in-Residence Program

The culinary arts continue to anchor Hawai‘i’s standing as a tourist destination. Students at Leeward prepare for culinary careers with a fusion of hands-on experiences and classroom instruction that expose them to time-honored classical European and Asian techniques, as well as local and contemporary flavors.  Our students work side-by-side with Chef Instructor Ian Riseley as well as other renowned chefs in Hawai‘i such as Alan Wong, Russell Siu, Roy Yamaguchi, Chai Chaowasaree, D.K. Kodama, and many others.

Our Chef-in-Residence program gives donors the opportunity to become named sponsors for one year with a gift of $30,000 in support of the culinary arts.

Support The Journey

Together, we can move Hawai‘i and its people toward a remarkable future.
Together, we can Journey Beyond

For information on supporting Leeward Community College, please contact:

KC Collins
Executive Director of Development, Regional and Community Colleges
(808) 956-3458 • kc.collins@uhfoundation.org