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Faculty, staff and participants in the 2012 D-3 program.

Register now for the The Degree-in-Three (D-3) fall cohort!

Degree-in-Three students achieve their Associate in Liberal Arts degree in 3 years on a part-time basis.

“Our part-time students are busy – sometimes they’re working or have other family obligations. It was hard for them to keep track of which courses they needed next, or the course they needed wasn’t offered until another semester,” said Linda Fujitani, UHMC academic counselor. “Part-time students who sign-up for Degree-in-Three have a clear pathway and a guaranteed course schedule to keep them on track so they can earn their AA in Liberal Arts degree in three years.”

D-3 has proved to be a popular option for those busy students. Lea Moracco, a D-3 participant, said, “The schedule allowed me, to continue to work full time and pursue a degree. Adviser Linda Fujitani and faculty provided so much support and encouragement during the entire semester. Work study groups were formed, Q&A sessions were scheduled and appointments with our instructors were encouraged.  I also liked the flexibility of the online course and watching class on cable T.V.”

Students accepted in the D-3 program also have the benefit of moving through the course schedule with the same group. This builds a supportive peer network that encourages degree completion.

“There are a lot of support services for students, like counseling and tutoring,” adds Fujitani, “but sometimes a student struggling with a personal or academic issue finds the best help from one of their classmates. They become a tight family over the course of three years and go out of their way to help each other reach their goals.”

Another D-3 student, Tia Perdido said, “Being a mother of two young kids and finding time to go back to school has been a struggle, but the night classes are great with my schedule and through the cohort I’ve made such amazing friendships along the way.”

Students enrolling in the D-3 Fall 2014 cohort have two options – Day or Evening classes. The Day cohort will take three classes on campus Tuesdays & Thursdays, beginning at 9:00am and ending at 1:15pm. The Evening cohort will take two “live” classes Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm, and one online class.

Those interested in learning more should contact Linda Fujitani at lkfujita@hawaii.edu, or phone (808) 984-3226. D-3 information sessions will be held Wednesday, April 30, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, in Kaʻaʻike 109, and Thursday, May 1, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, in Kaʻaʻike 105.