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Windward Community College

An Inspirational and Innovative Place to Learn and Grow

Like No Place On Earth

Nestled at the foot of the Ko‘olau range on Windward O‘ahu, Windward Community College is considered the most beautiful two-year college in the UH system. It is well known for its nurturing academic environment, offering two-year liberal arts, natural sciences, veterinary technology and Hawaiian studies degrees, and an array of certificates, preparing students from all walks of life for higher levels of education and entry into careers of their choice. Outstanding faculty combined with state-of-the art learning facilities and supportive services provide students with a first-rate college experience at Windward Community College.

Campus Points of Pride

  • First and only Veterinary Technology AS degree in Hawai'i and Veterinary Assisting certificate, leading to jobs in the veterinary medicine field
  • First "green" library in the University of Hawai‘i System with 65,000 square feet of collaborative study spaces, state-of-the-art technology and array of student success services
  • Agripharmatech certificate with an entrepreneurial emphasis on plant-based bioproduct research, design and manufacturing
  • Nursing Pathway program from CNA to LPN to ADN (Associate degree in Nursing)
  • Agripharmatech certificate with two tracks preparing students for work or higher education in the plant biotechnology field
  • Hawaiian Studies AA degree with more than 50 courses to choose from, including Polynesian voyaging, Hawaiian language, mythology and coral reef biology
  • Performing arts students practice their craft onstage and in award-winning performances at beautiful Palikū Theatre
  • Visual arts students work in premiere photography, design, ceramics and painting studios, and exhibit their works at Gallery ‘Iolani
  • Peer mentors help students navigate college through an excellent first-year experience program
  • Unique noncredit programs like Ocean Recreation Safety, Certified Nurse’s Aide and Leadership training focus on workforce development

Healthy Mix

For Windward CC to thrive, we need a healthy mix of public and private funding. It’s up to us, the extended UH community, as well as citizens and community leaders, to take responsibility for Windward Community College’s future. Please join us and give generously as together we Journey Beyond.

Funding Priorities

Financial Aid and Scholarships: A Lifeline for Students

More than half of the 2,800 students attending Windward Community College receive financial aid. Many more are in grave need of financial help. The rising costs of tuition, books and fees confront students with a tough choice between finding more funding or quitting school. Scholarships can be the difference.

Students are faced with the cost of tuition, books and fees that amount to $3,000 per year.

Your Support is Needed - Now
Please consider a gift to the Windward Community College Scholarship Fund. Our goal is to raise $30,000 each year to award to our students. Your gift could be the difference between students staying in school and earning a degree or certificate, or dropping out to find a job.

Psychological Impact
When you meet students who have received a scholarship, you will learn of their sincere appreciation as well as the boost it gave to their confidence. It is often the one thing that kept them going on their educational journey. Students are often in tears as they share what that scholarship meant to them and their families. Your gift is so much more than the dollars to give. It has far-reaching impact.

Support the WindwardCC Scholarship Fund

Make a Gift

Would you like more information on naming a scholarship? How about discussing gifts that will help grow the Windward Community College Scholarship Fund Endowment?

To have a conversation about scholarships, endowed scholarships or other questions you may have, please contact:

KC Collins, CFRE
Executive Director of Development Regional & Community Colleges
KC.Collins@uhfoundation.org or 808-956-3458

Library Learning Commons (LLC)

Designed to inspire student learning, the Library Learning Commons is THE place for students to gather, work in groups, and receive expert assistance from librarians, media and computer specialists, resource teachers, and counselors. More than 50,000 students visit the library each year to study, collaborate with others and complete out-of-class assignments. More than 1,500 students annually receive formal instruction in accessing and evaluating information sources. Close to 5,000 students obtain personal assistance from library staff.

Library Learning CommonsHere is How You Can Help

Please help us to:

  • Maintain state-of-the-art computer and audio/visual equipment
  • Purchase print and electronic books and journal and other databases
  • Cover the annual increases of subscriptions, software licenses, and other contracts

Your Support is Needed - Now
Please help us with our annual needs. Our goal is to raise $10,000 per year to manage the electronic databases, subscriptions, licenses and contracts, and maintain our equipment.

Make a Gift

Naming & Sponsoring
Would you like to sponsor or name a room or bookstack holder?  We have naming and sponsoring opportunities ranging from $1,000 to $2,000,000. 

To have a conversation about scholarships, naming and sponsoring, helping to grow the Library Learning Commons endowment or other questions you may have, please contact:

KC Collins, CFRE
Executive Director of Development Regional & Community Colleges
KC.Collins@uhfoundation.org or 808-956-3458

Pacific Center for Environmental Studies

Eleven years ago Windward Community College teamed up with the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology to create a unique learning experience for high school students called PaCES – Pacific Center for Environment Studies, an intense six-week summer program for high school students. The concept was simple: Outdoor experiences and hands-on college level laboratory work with an emphasis on the environment.

The PaCES Goal: To give high school students the confidence to seek higher education

“PaCES prepared me for opportunities that high school couldn’t provide. The final project was demanding and required me to prepare, problem solve, and dedicate myself to work. Later that year, I excelled in WCC’s Certified Nurse’s Aide training. I couldn’t have done it without the previous experiences I had through PaCES. Above all, PaCES was a fun program. I enjoyed learning in and out of the classroom. The teachers and mentors were knowledgeable, yet approachable for any student who had difficulties grasping concepts. I always recommend PaCES to any student interested in biology or to anyone who would like to be more aware of the environment.”

—Julia Gomes, PaCES 2009, 2010

PaCES – Expensive but so worth it!

Here are some of the student experiences, most of which require in-the-field (or water) participation:

  • Soil and aquatic sediment analyses
  • Ocean current mapping
  • Aquatic microbiology
  • Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) research on living organisms
  • Coral reef habitat mapping, disease identification and assessment
  • Molecular approaches to environmental research
  • Use of global positioning systems (GPS) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS)
  • Stream dynamics: velocity, depth, width, character, discharge, etc.
  • Stream flora, fauna and water analyses
  • Beach profiling: measuring/data sampling of backshore, foreshore, high and low tide, erosion, etc.
  • Stewardship/service projects: Hawaiian fishpond restoration, native habitat restoration, mangrove clearing, alien seaweed eradication, etc.
  • Water safety, first aid, and CPR

Your Support is Needed - Now

To run the PaCES summer program with upwards of 15 field trips in the Kailua and Kāne‘ohe area, plus intense and expensive laboratory work, is running roughly $100,000 per summer.  Yes, it’s expensive. But worth every penny. What PaCES gives to students in terms of confidence is invaluable. Please support this program today.

Support the PaCES Fund

Make a Gift

To have a conversation about PaCES and its impact on students, or other questions you may have, please contact:

KC Collins, CFRE
Executive Director of Development Regional & Community Colleges
KC.Collins@uhfoundation.org or 808-956-3458

Palikū Theatre

Since its first production in 2002, Palikū Theatre has gained a reputation as one of the most comfortable, accessible and desirable mid-sized performance venues in Hawai‘i. Its elegant architecture combines a Hawaiian sense of place with 21st century technology to create a memorable experience for theatre-goers.

Your Support is Needed - Now
Your help is needed for Palikū to fulfill its potential as a valuable community asset. Ticket sales comprise only 40 percent of Palikū Theatre income, as is the case for most theatres in Hawai‘i and across the nation. While the state has provided a portion of basic operating funds, corporate and private support must make up the difference. The Theatre is in urgent need of $40,000 each year to maintain operations. 

“What we need are ‘angels.’ Well, I call our donors angels. I desperately need them to help us with our expenses.  Tickets just don’t cover the cost of our shows.”

— Tom Holowach, Palikū Theatre Manager

Support the Palikū Theatre Fund

Make a Gift

Naming & Sponsoring
Palikū Theatre is as much a part of Windward Community College as it is a part of the entire O‘ahu community. To encourage donor participation, limited- and permanent-naming opportunities are available. Would you like to name a seat, lobby, Green Room or the stage? We have naming and sponsoring opportunities ranging from $1,000 to $2,000,000. 

To have a conversation about donating to Palikū Theatre, naming and sponsoring, helping to grow the Palikū Theatre Endowment, or other questions you may have, please contact:

KC Collins, CFRE
Executive Director of Development Regional & Community Colleges
KC.Collins@uhfoundation.org or 808-956-3458

Center for Aerospace Education

The Center for Aerospace Education (CAE), established in 1985, supports Windward Community College credit and community outreach programs in aerospace science. The CAE is composed of five facilities and services:

Aerospace Exploration Lab
A hands-on lab where K-6 students are encouraged to touch, explore and enjoy the wonders of science
Support the Aerospace Exploration Lab

Hōkūlani Imaginarium
 state-of-the-art sky dome featuring shows exploring the heavens, earth, and any subject one can ‘Imagine’
Support the Hōkūlani Imaginarium

NASA Flight Training Aerospace Education Lab
A hands-on lab for middle and high school students, complete with computer modeling of airplane design, microgravity research, and projects that require teamwork to be successful

Lanihuli Observatory
Use our 16” telescope to view the stars and planets, or our solar telescope to observe the sun in all its glory
Support the Lanihuli Observatory

Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium
Offering WCC students fellowship stipends to conduct space science-related projects

Working together, the multi-faceted CAE provides

The CAE Goal: Inspiring students to explore science

“WCC provided me with the opportunity to obtain a solid knowledge base of astronomy, physics, and math. This foundation enabled me to sail through the higher-level courses at UH Manoa/Hilo and ultimately into an astronomical career atop Mauna Kea, Hawai‘i. The astronomy courses at WCC unlocked the “mad” scientist and sent me on a stellar quest. That journey through the universe continues to be an exciting force on the Island for striving to observe nature at a professional and personal level.”

—Tony Matulonis , Science Operations Specialist at Gemini Observatory, Mauna Kea, Hawai‘i

Your Support is Needed - Now

Internships  - The need to support students is great. Please consider sponsoring a WindwardCC student as they embark on unique science projects and experiences. $1,000 - $10,000

Busing Costs  - We strive to engage young students with science and give them an awareness of higher education. A major ‘road block’ is the high expense of busing students to campus from their public schools. $2,000 - $10,000

Equipment Upgrades  - As you can imagine, our equipment is sophisticated and expensive. And the upgrades in technology advance at breakneck speeds. $10,000 - $200,000

Student Travel  - WindwardCC rocketry students need support to travel to rocketry competitions on the U.S. Mainland. $1,500 per student.

Creative Naming & Sponsoring Opportunities
To support the sophisticated operations of the Center for Aerospace Education funds are needed for equipment upgrades and repair on an annual basis. To encourage donor participation, limited- and permanent-naming opportunities are available. Would you like to name a star, show or telescope? We have naming and sponsoring opportunities ranging from $500 to $400,000. 

To have a conversation about donating to the Center for Aerospace Education, naming and sponsoring, helping to grow the CAE Endowment, or other questions you may have, please contact:

KC Collins, CFRE
Executive Director of Development Regional & Community Colleges
KC.Collins@uhfoundation.org or 808-956-3458

Veterinary Technology AS Degree

Veterinary Technology is among the five fastest-growing career fields in the nation. ‘Vet Techs’ perform vital tasks from assisting with physical exams to surgical assistance, from performing dental cleanings to conducting diagnostic laboratory tests. Hawai‘i’s Veterinarians are seeking trained professionals to do the job, and Windward Community College is now providing the training. Vet Techs are desperately wanted at animal shelters, lab animal facilities, and private veterinary practices (there are over 80 veterinary clinics in Hawai‘i). The program has now extended to students at Maui College and will rotate on to Hawaii Community College next year, followed by Kauai Community College next.

The Vet Tech Goal: Training Hawai‘i’s Veterinary Para-Professionals

“Since I was not willing to relocate to the continental U.S., I set my dreams of a career in the Veterinary field aside... until I found Windward Community College’s Veterinary Assisting program. It has provided me with the knowledge and hands-on experience to prepare myself for the physical and emotional demands required of this profession.”

—Stacy M. Sonan, WCC Vet Assisting graduate

Your Support is Needed - Now
Each student is facing over $10,000 for the two-year program:

  • Student Tuition $6,336
  • Books $1,700
  • Laboratory Supplies $1,300
  • Uniforms $200
  • Fieldtrips $500
  • Exam Fees $300

The Program itself also critically needs your support for:

  • Portable Digital X-ray $50,000
  • Portable digital Ultrasound (for clinic and farm use) $45,000
    X Ray Pet Positioner Set - Small (24"Lx10"Wx6"H) & Large (36"Lx14"Wx8"H) - $250.00
  • Equine dental equipment -power equipment $6,500
  • Veruca Freeze Cryosurgery $1,000
  • Sergical suction $1,000
  • Syringe pump $500

Support the Vet Tech Program

Make a Gift

Creative Naming & Sponsoring Opportunities

To support the sophisticated operations of the Vet Tech program and its students, funds are needed for scholarships and the equipment listed above. To encourage donor participation, limited- and permanent-naming opportunities are available. Would you like to name a cat condo, surgery room or exam table? We have naming and sponsoring opportunities ranging from $750 to $50,000. 

To have a conversation about donating to the Vet Tech program, naming and sponsoring, helping to grow the Vet Tech Endowment, scholarships, or other questions you may have, please contact:

KC Collins, CFRE
Executive Director of Development Regional & Community Colleges
KC.Collins@uhfoundation.org or 808-956-3458

Agripharmatech

What exactly is Ethnopharmacognosy? It’s nature’s plant-based medicines that ethnic peoples around the world have derived and used for centuries. Today, highly sophisticated machines can determine the specific vitamin content, and medicinal properties of any plant sample.

To ensure Hawai‘i is a leader in the advanced science and technology fields, Dr. Inge White, Professor of Botany and Microbiology, recently introduced an Agripharmatech program at Windward Community College.

This program will create a highly skilled workforce for the many organic plant-based product labs and plant biotech businesses throughout our islands. WindwardCC now offers a Certificate of Achievement in Agripharmatech with two specializations: Plant Biotechnology and Ethnopharmacognosy.

These programs ensure that students who want to create their own businesses and offer consumers nature-based products will know how to achieve their goal. Our students creating plant-based medicinal products such as lotions, soaps, perfumes, chewing gums, tooth powder, teas, to name a few. Hundreds of other products just waiting to be created. In addition, students will create plant-based food items such as medicinal and nutritious pastas, udons, candy bars, dehydrated fruit bites, and hundreds of other nutritious food-based products.

“The Agripharmatech program has helped me to further my study in botany and prepared me to enter the workforce in tissue culture, plant biotechnology and other plant related fields.”

Leslie Baker, Agripharmatech student 2012

Your Support is Needed - Now
The Plant Biotechnology and Ethnopharmacognosy programs need your commitment. The program needs a pharmaceutical/nutraceutical plant-based product lab comprised of 4 large commercial shipping containers, cement footing, open roof over the containers estimated to cost $100,000.  Also needed are student internships and scholarships (for six to 10 students) at $1,000 per student and student travel (2 students) to give presentations at scientific conferences at $4,000 per student.

Support the Agripharmatech Fund

Make a Gift

To have a conversation about the Agripharmatech program, needs of the badly needed new facility, how to support students directly, or other questions you may have, please contact:

KC Collins, CFRE
Executive Director of Development Regional & Community Colleges
KC.Collins@uhfoundation.org or 808-956-3458

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 Windward Community College, please contact:

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