Free tuition for Native Hawaiian students in the Windward CC ag program

In the wind CC Jolie Dollar Sustainable Agriculture Instructor in the aquaculture lab.

Native Hawaiian students in agricultural careers can get free tuition and other services through Windward Community College `Ao Kahi project. `Ao Kahi: Growing Truth and Light expands opportunities for Native Hawaiian students to earn recognized post-secondary credentials and hands-on learning in sustainable agriculture.

In addition to tuition fees, qualified students can register to receive: career preparation assistance, textbook loans, digital access to learning platforms, a 40-hour paid internship, professional development, etc The next cohort begins in October and ends in January 2023. Fall applications will be accepted until August 8, 2022.

“The `Ao The Kahi Project is a great option for Native Hawaiian students interested in any major because knowledge of sustainable agriculture is valuable both personally and professionally. We invite students to begin their career path at Windward Community College,” said Jodie Yim, `Ao Kahi project coordinator.

Native Hawaiian students with a minimum of 2.0 GPA (from high school or community college) can enroll online in eight-week hybrid sustainable agriculture courses and participate in hands-on projects. Proof of Native Hawaiian ancestry can be verified by a birth certificate, Hawaiian registration card, or verification letter from Kamehameha Schools, the Hawaiian Lands Department, or the Hawaii State Department of Health. For questions about the `Ao Kahi Project, contact Yim at [email protected]

Native plants, agroecosystems and more

The courses include:

  • HER 120: Plant Sciences (from fall 2022)

Learn about the morphology, anatomy, physiology, classification, growth regulators, and propagation of native plants from Hawaii. Online lectures are available 24/7, combined with weekly in-person labs featuring hands-on activities and take-home plants.

  • HER 202: Agriculture, environment and society (from spring 2023)

Study agroecosystems and the interrelationship between crop plants, essential plant nutrients, social factors and cultural practices.

“We encourage students to follow their passion with this agricultural career path, leading to a certificate and/or degree, and ultimately employment,” Windward said. CC Sustainable Agriculture Trainer pretty dollar.

More about `Ao Kahi

In the spring of 2022, the `Ao The Kahi Project has begun providing scholarships and other support to Native Hawaiian students enrolling in computer science courses or committing to earning the Information Security Proficiency Certificate.

`Ao Kahi is a Native Hawaiian technical education and career project sponsored by ALU LIKE, Inc. and funded by a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Ryan H. Bowman