Hawaii's Best ranks Honolulu Community College No. 1
Honolulu Star-Advertiser releases People’s Choice AwardsHonolulu Community College
Billie K. Takaki Lueder, (808) 845-9187
Posted: Jun. 27, 2011
HONOLULU – The Honolulu Star-Advertiser published their Hawai‘i’s Best, People’s Choice Award tabloid in the Sunday, June 26 edition. Honolulu Community College was selected as the Best Vocational School in the annual popularity poll.
“On behalf of Honolulu Community College we’d like to thank the public for this distinction. It is with great pride and responsibility that we continue to provide high level, quality instruction through our diverse career and technical programs and our growing high quality liberal arts curriculum that is articulated with many four-year colleges, including all of the campuses of the University of Hawaiʻi System,” says Michael T. Rota, chancellor of Honolulu CC.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser readers were asked to vote for their favorite in 133 categories. Readers had to think of a name to write in as their favorite; multiple-choice options were not provided. Each entry needed 67 votes filled in to count as an entry. These votes were calculated electronically to determine who won–no duplications were allowed, one vote per person, which was also tracked electronically.
“Honolulu Community College is recognized by the public for its service to the community for over 90 years by educating our state’s work force–vital to the future economic and social success of Hawaiʻi and its people. We began as a vocational school but have since evolved to be a viable choice among individuals as a comprehensive institution of higher learning for close to 50 years now,” Rota shares.
Throughout the college’s long history it has gone through multiple name changes. In 1920 the school opened its doors as the Territorial Trade School in Kapālama. Later it was reestablished as Honolulu Vocational School. Then in 1955 it was renamed Honolulu Technical School. In 1965 it became apart of the University of Hawai‘i System, and in 1966 the UH Board of Regents approved the name Honolulu Community College, authorized to grant associate in arts and associate in science degrees.
Today, with over 4,200 credit students and nearly 2,000 apprentice students, the main campus of Honolulu Community College is a short distance from the heart of downtown Honolulu, occupying more than 20 acres on Dillingham Boulevard. The college also has instructional facilities near Honolulu International Airport for its Aeronautics Maintenance program; automotive and heavy equipment shops on Kōkea Street; at the Kalaeloa Airport for its commercial aviation program; and at Sand Island for the Marine Education and Training Center.