New Health Science Complex opens at Leeward CC

Leeward Community College
Kathleen R Cabral, (808) 455-0524
Marketing Officer, Chancellor's Office
Posted: Apr 9, 2010

Students in the Inaugural Nursing cohort
Students in the Inaugural Nursing cohort
A partnership between Leeward and Kapiʻolani Community Colleges to deliver the associates degree in nursing (ADN) to students residing in the Leeward area, came to fruition with the blessing and open house of the new Health Sciences Complex on Thursday, April 1 on the campus of Leeward Community College.
In response to requests made by community residents and legislators for nursing education to be taught in the Leeward area, the first cohort of 20 students began their nursing course work in January in alternative classroom space between the two institutions, but starting April 1, were they able to officially move into their new classrooms and laboratories in the new Health Sciences Complex.

Over 60 college, government, and community leaders attended the blessing and open house, along with several of the current cohort of nursing students.

Guest speakers at the event included: Manuel Cabral, Leeward Community College chancellor; Leon Richards, Kapiʻolani Community College chancellor; Michael Unebasami, associate VP for administrative affairs at the UH Community Colleges Office; Representative Rida Cabanilla; and Marci Healy, a current nursing student.

The blessing was done by Kahu Kaleo Patterson who is president of Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center and also a graduate of Leeward Community College.