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$12.7M Grant to Expand Job Training at UHMC

The University of Hawaii Maui College will administer and receive about a third of a $12.7 million federal grant to expand job training on the Neighbor Islands. The money will be used for one-year certification programs for residents who are unemployed or looking to upgrade their skills, including veterans, said Susan Wyche, special projects coordinator at UH-Maui College, on Wednesday. Programs will be developed in geographic information services, electric vehicle repair and maintenance, entrepreneurial and small business, food innovation with development of "value-added" products from fresh fruit and vegetables and food security, water and wastewater treatment and sustainability in green building and energy efficiency, she said. The curriculum for most of these programs currently is not offered by UH-Maui College and will have to be developed, which will take six months to a year, said Wyche. The college does offer a sustainability program, so the money will be used to enhance that curriculum. Wyche noted that there currently is no training in water and wastewater treatment and that "massive retirements" are expected in this area. The programs probably will be online for next summer and fall semesters, she said. The offerings will be one-year programs, presented either online or as a hybrid online-face-to-face. The programs will be offered for two years. Popular programs may be incorporated into the offerings of the college after the end of the grant term, Wyche said. The workforce development grant with UH-Maui College and Kauai and Hawaii community colleges engaged as a consortium is a first for the Neighbor Island institutions, she said. UH-Maui College will administer the program with each institution receiving roughly a third of the grant, she said. Read more ... http://www.mauinews.com/page/content.detail/id/565468/UH-MC-grant-to-help-residents-boost-skills.html?nav=10

UHMC’s Liko A’e Native Hawaiian Leadership Program Awarded $4.7M by the US Dept. of Education

University of Hawai’i Maui College’s Liko A’e Native Hawaiian Leadership Program was selected to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Native Hawaiian Education Program. The three-year $4.7 million federal grant was made possible under the Title VII Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This grant will support students with higher education scholarships and facilitate the development of their leadership potential. Student scholars who are selected for the program will work with identified community groups throughout Hawai’i and on the continental U.S. Some of the planned activities include working with cultural practitioners across Hawai’i, presenting research to conferences and events throughout the state, participating in leadership programs in Washington D.C. and the United Nations in New York, and participation in online scholarly forums and discussions. Liko A'e Director Malia Davidson said the leadership program, formerly known as a scholarship program, will continue to provide scholarships to Native Hawaiian students as it has done since 2003. “This grant will be no different, except for the higher level of scholarship support, and the expectation that the scholars will learn abouttheir communities and provide services for those communities. We know that leaders are grown from within each community, and we hope to help in that effort.” Davidson compared the student scholars of Liko A'e to a very large family. “There are many personalities and individuals’ goals to care for,” said Davidson. “Best practices have emerged and at Liko A‛e we believe we’ve found a balance to provide good service and successful scholars supported by their communities and our many partners. Thus, we continue to build and strengthen our lahui from the inside out, one scholar at a time.” The application period for the 2013-14 Liko A'e leadership

New Scholarship for Maui Culinary Academy Students

One lucky Maui Culinary Academy (MCA) student at UH Maui will get the opportunity of a lifetime thanks to a new $5,000 annual scholarship and work experience award recently introduced by The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui. The Tylun Pang Aspiring Chef Scholarship was developed in honor of the hotel’s Executive Chef, Tylun Pang who is a member of MCA’s advisory board and a long-term supporter of the program, both personally and professionally. “I am very proud to continually support the Maui Culinary Academy,” says Executive Chef Tylun Pang. “To see students receive such a high caliber of culinary education and training right here on Maui is very exciting. Some of my best chefs are graduates of the program.” The award will provide one outstanding student the opportunity to complete an 8-week summer work experience in a luxury resort environment. The experience will include a close mentorship with hotel chefs (including Chef Tylun Pang), orientation to hotel departments, kitchen experience for Kō restaurant and the chance to develop a dish that will be included on Kō’s 2013 menu. The Fairmont Kea Lani and UHMC’s Maui Culinary Academy have a strong, long-term partnership and collaborated closely on the details of the scholarship. Students will receive an hourly wage for their work as well as a financial scholarship upon completion. They will also gain priceless industry experience to give them a competitive edge after graduation. “The Maui Culinary Academy is extremely appreciative of the Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui and its continued innovative programming that supports our Academy,” says Chris Speere, External Program Coordinator at the Maui Culinary Academy. “The Tylun Pang Aspiring Chef Scholarship offers one leading MCA student eight weeks of work experience which, combined with chef

Land Purchase to Expand UHMC’s Molokai Education Center

KAHULUI, HI – Molokai Properties Ltd, which does business as Molokai Ranch, announced it has sold 3.2 acres of land in Kaunakakai to the University of Hawaiʻi. The parcel is located adjacent to the existing UH Maui College Molokai Education Center and will help the UH System realize its master plan goals of expanding its educational facilities on the island. Said UH Maui College Chancellor Dr. Clyde Sakamoto, “This purchase will eventually expand the college's Molokai Education Center and strengthen our capacity to provide more higher education and economic opportunities. Critical to this outcome will be community input to realistically leverage public and private resources to create new possibilities for Molokai. Long-range planning will now begin in earnest. We'd also like to express our deepest thanks to Molokai Properties Ltd. for facilitating this purchase, which will greatly benefit the community." “UH Maui College on Molokai provides great opportunities for our kids on the island and we couldn’t be more pleased to play a role in their expansion through this sale,” added Clay Rumbaoa, CEO of Molokai Ranch. “We look forward to being able to partner with them in the future to bring specialty workshops and other activities to the residents of Molokai.” Approximately 250 students call University of Hawaii Maui College, Molokai their home campus. Through the Molokai Education Center, students can pursue certificate and associate degrees in seven primary majors from UH Maui College, including Liberal Arts, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Business Careers, Early Childhood Education, Hawaiian Studies, Human Services, and Allied Health. Plans to include UH Maui College’s three bachelor’s of science degrees are underway. A wide variety of bachelor’s and master’s degrees are also available from other UH campuses, facilitated by University

IHM Musicians to Present Free Concert August 31st

KAHULUI - Students in the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Institute of Hawaiian Music will join Hawaiian music icons for a free outdoor concert from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday August 31st at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui’s Palm Court. The college’s Institute of Hawaiian Music, which is dedicated to the perpetuation and preservation of Hawaiian music, offers students the opportunity to form a musical mentorship with professional Hawaiian musicians. The curriculum takes students from the beginning of their musical training to their career debut, offering classes in guitar, ukulele, singing, keyboard, composition, music theory, repertoire development, dance, music industry business and marketing, and recording. Students are also required to complete courses in Hawaiian studies and Hawaiian language to understand the cultural roots of their art. Students will perform alongside musical mentors, including four-time Grammy Award-winner George Kahumoku Jr., Kevin and Sheldon Brown, and Richard Ho‘opi‘i. The concert will include slack key guitar, ukulele, keyboard, vocals and hula performances in both traditional and contemporary styles. “The students are really coming along — we had to turn people away at the door when they played at the (Maui Arts & Cultural Center) for their first showcase in May,” said Kahumoku. “The free concerts over the summer at the Fairmont are giving them even more experience playing live.” Refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information about the UH-Maui College Institute of Hawaiian Music, email ihm@hawaii.edu or visit www.maui.hawaii.edu/ihm.