Hawai‘i Community College - Pālamanui Message: Many Upcoming Events to Benefit Future and Current Students

By Rachel Solemsaas

Hawai‘i Community College - Pālamanui Message: Many Upcoming Events to Benefit Future and Current Students



As we enter February, we enter the heart of the spring semester and a very busy time of the academic year. It's a stretch of months filled with events, culminating in our commencement ceremonies in Hilo and at our Pālamanui campus in Kona. Here's a snapshot of what's happening in the next few weeks.


5th Annual Hawai‘i Community College Day

Coming up on Thursday, February 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. is our 5th Annual Hawai‘i Community College Day at the Manono campus in Hilo. Hundreds of middle and high school students will visit the campus and interactive displays set up by our academic programs. By bringing students to campus while they are still in middle and high school, we show them what's available in their backyard and help build a college-going community.


This event is also free and open to the public and is a great opportunity for community members to see what we do. Even people who know us well are often surprised to learn the extent of our offerings!


College Experience Days at Pālamanui

For our kauhale in West Hawai’i, save the date for March 21 and 22 as we host our first College Experience Days at Hawai‘i CC - Pālamanui. These two days will be an opportunity for local residents who are thinking about attending college to visit the campus and even to sit in on classes to get a close-up look at the college experience. This enhanced version of a college tour will help give prospective students a better understanding of the campus, our offerings and what it's like to be a student at Pālamanui. The event is still taking shape, and we will share more details in the near future.


UH Sustainability Summit

This year for the first time the Hawai‘i Sustainability in Higher Education Summit comes to Hawai‘i Island. Also for the first time the summit will include a virtual symposium that allows for live streaming and capabilities for remote interaction.


This is the sixth annual summit and Hawai‘i CC is proud to help host the events, which take place February 8-10.


The summit kicks off on Thursday, February 8 in Kona at NELHA followed by a luncheon and awards ceremony at Hawai‘i Community College - Pālamanui and tours of the campus and its surroundings. The Friday events take place at UH Hilo. For a full schedule and to learn more about accessing the virtual symposium, visit this website. https://www.hawaii.edu/sustainability/


UH Transfer Day

On February 20, Hawai‘i CC will host UH Transfer Day. A new initiative this year, it’s designed to help students at the seven University of Hawai‘i Community College campuses transfer to one of the four-year UH campuses after graduating. Dozens of representatives from UH Mānoa, Hilo and West O‘ahu will visit the Manono campus in Hilo to inform Hawai‘i CC students about academic programs and help them make the transition to bachelor’s degree programs.


Providing pathways to bachelor’s degrees is a critical part of our role. Approximately half of our enrolled students are in "general and pre-professional" programs that are designed to lead into bachelor’s programs. With events like the upcoming transfer fair we can make the transition as smooth as possible to ensure students find success after they graduate from Hawai‘i CC.


That's a snapshot of the larger events happening in the next several weeks at Hawai‘i CC campuses in Hilo and Kona. Thank you for your support of Hawai‘i Community College!



Rachel Solemsaas