Star-Advertiser: ‘Work to start on Waianae college campus’

Excerpts from Jayna Omaye’s “Work to start on Waianae college campus,” Star-Advertiser, February 15, 2016.

Renovations of Leeward Community College’s new Waianae satellite campus, which are meant to relieve overcrowding at the current temporary campus and pave the way to double student enrollment, are scheduled to start this month.

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Officials expect phase one of the renovations to be completed by February 2017, and will start offering classes at the new location in fall 2017. Phase-two construction work, which is currently under design, is expected to start in summer or fall 2017 and be finished by fall 2018.

The move to a permanent Waianae campus became a reality when the state purchased the 2.5 acres that house the 38,600-square-foot vacant Tycom building on Kulaaupuni Street next to Maili Elementary School for $2.5 million in 2014. The Legislature appropriated $3 million for phase-one renovations. LCC also received a $10 million federal grant for both its Pearl City and Waianae campuses, some of which will be used for phase-two work. 

LCC has operated a satellite campus in a two-story building next to Waianae Mall since 1991, leasing about 10,000 square feet of classroom, lab and office space for more than 500 students each semester.

Officials hope the permanent facility with room for expansion will help expand the college’s programs and support services, said Mark Lane, LCC’s vice chancellor of administrative services, in a statement. The facility will include a learning resource center, student lounge, testing center, additional classrooms and about 100 parking stalls.

State Sen. Maile Shimabukuro (D, Kalaeloa-Waianae-Makaha) said the move has been a long time coming.

“It was clear to the UH that there were major needs in Waianae,” Shimabukuro said. “The need for access to higher education is great.”

Once renovations are complete, long-term goals include doubling the college’s enrollment to 1,000 students per semester; expanding curriculum in liberal arts, STEM and career and technical education fields; and introducing workforce development training opportunities.

On Friday, [Richard Medeiros, chairman of the Nanakuli/Maili Neighborhood Board’s education committee,] said that although the current site is convenient for Waianae and Makaha residents, the new location “serves the entire community in a more centralized location (along the Waianae Coast).”

Read the full article on the Star-Advertiser site.

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