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College: Kauai Community College
Program: Electronics Technology

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Program Description


The Electronics Technology program at Kauai Community College was created to meet the demand for technicians on the island of Kauai.  The curriculum offers basic electronics, computer, and networking courses enabling graduates with an AS (Associate in Sciences) degree to qualify for entry-level technician positions.  Elective courses in advanced networking are offered through the embedded Cisco Networking Academy.  Telemetry, fiber optics, and photonics electives are also offered on an irregular schedule.  

A traineeship, fellowship, internship, or a capstone project is required for graduation with an AS degree.  The program maintains partnerships with the Akamai Internship program and the Hawaii Space Grant Consortium at University of Hawaii at Manoa.  These organizations provide stipends for students working on approved projects during the semester or summer.  Many of the projects involve the development of the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory at Kauai CC.  The Hawaii Space Grant Consortium is proposing that the UH community colleges build and launch a CubeSat for a 2014 launch. Kauai Community College will likely have responsibilities for telemetry design and implementation, which will provide multiple opportunities for student internships in 2012 and later. The program has committed a great deal of time and resources to the development of RF and telemetry capabilities in support of the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory.  

Students leaving the program or completing and exiting by means of the COM (Certificate of Competence), CC (Certificate of Completion), and/or the CA (Certificate of Achievement) fulfill basic competencies enabling entry into the cluster of jobs requiring knowledge of advanced technology.  AS degree graduates may seek electronics technician positions or may choose to continue their education at baccalaureate electronics or computer engineering technology programs.  University of Hawaii Maui College offers a BAT (Bachelors in Applied Technology) in Electro-optics and the program is has articulated many of its courses with this program. Students planning on pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering or computer science are enrolled in the liberal arts program at Kauai Community College, but may take electronics courses as electives. Articulation to Electrical Engineering does not exist at this time.

Maui College now has a BAT (Baccalaureate in Engineering Technology) in Electro-Optics that was built partially on the premise that both Kauai and Hawaii CC with identical photonics classes would serve as feeders to that program. The photonics and RF classes are electives and since they are not part of the ETRO core, it is difficult to get significant enrollment. Yet, the job market for Electro-Optic technicians is growing with approximately 400 new jobs to be created with the new 30m telescope next year. The ETRO faculty is verbally communicating the significance of taking these elective courses; however directed counseling efforts would be beneficial.

The program has evolved into a fairly well functioning, effective program that has met the initial objectives of the faculty members, Francis Takahashi and Rick Matsumura, both of whom guided its development since 1987. Rick Matsumura retired in 2009 and was replaced by Dr. Shirong Du, with expertise in telecommunications and responsibility for the Cisco Academy program. Dr. Du took a new teaching position in Ohio, leaving a vacancy in the Electronics Department. Simultaneously, Dr. Takahashi retired in August and was replaced by Dr. Georgeanne Purvinis Friend, with expertise in electronics, fiber optics, photonics, telecommunications, RF, and programming.  Dr. Friend has been teaching both the electronics courses that Dr. Takahashi taught and Cisco courses formally taught by Dr. Du, with Dr. Friend planning on passing her CCNA certification exam in spring 2013. Interviewing for a second faculty member is in process, and hiring a second faculty member is imperative for graduating students on time. Dr. Friend also serves on the Akamai advisory committee, as did Dr. Takahashi, and is providing mentoring and leadership for students to receive Hawaii Space Consortium internships.

The continued support of telemetry, optics, and telecommunications will be important given our partnership with the Hawaii Space Flight Lab, UH’s satellite launching project, and potential funding for projects at PMRF which provides employment opportunities for graduates. The majority of students graduating from this program seek employment with PMRF; however, many may seek employment on another island.  Strengthening of computer based skills in the program would benefit the students and provide more job opportunities locally. Computer Support Technicians are one of the top-paying, excellent employment opportunities, two-year careers that one can obtain, and the needs of Kauai are no exception. Kauai CC presently provides training for computer repair as part of its AS program, but only elective courses are intermittently offered for teaching about Servers or Linux operating systems. Again, a mechanism for which more students can enroll in these classes as part of their degree plan would benefit the program and potential for graduate employment. 

Mission Statement: TheProgram's mission is to produce graduates who are technically competent, can communicate and work with others effectively, demonstrate responsible citizenship, leadership and an awareness of the global context of their work.

Part I. Quantitative Indicators

Overall Program Health: Cautionary

Majors Included: ET

Demand Indicators Program Year Demand Health Call
09-10 10-11 11-12
1 New & Replacement Positions (State) 117 114 12 Unhealthy
2 *New & Replacement Positions (County Prorated) 12 4 1
3 *Number of Majors 40 33 37
4 SSH Program Majors in Program Classes 365 283 331
5 SSH Non-Majors in Program Classes 117 281 373
6 SSH in All Program Classes 482 564 704
7 FTE Enrollment in Program Classes 16 19 23
8 Total Number of Classes Taught 14 21 24

Efficiency Indicators Program Year Efficiency Health Call
09-10 10-11 11-12
9 Average Class Size 11.7 9.8 9.9 Healthy
10 *Fill Rate 84% 75% 76%
11 FTE BOR Appointed Faculty 3 2 2
12 *Majors to FTE BOR Appointed Faculty 13.2 16.3 18.5
13 Majors to Analytic FTE Faculty 27.4 15.4 14.1
13a Analytic FTE Faculty 1.4 2.1 2.6
14 Overall Program Budget Allocation $179,500 $177,273 $198,876
14a General Funded Budget Allocation $179,500 $177,273 $193,721
14b Special/Federal Budget Allocation $0 $0 $0
14c Tuition and Fees Not Reported Not Reported $5,155
15 Cost per SSH $372 $314 $282
16 Number of Low-Enrolled (<10) Classes 5 8 12

Effectiveness Indicators Program Year Effectiveness Health Call
09-10 10-11 11-12
17 Successful Completion (Equivalent C or Higher) 75% 85% 68% Cautionary
18 Withdrawals (Grade = W) 15 5 12
19 *Persistence (Fall to Spring) 64% 73% 59%
20 *Unduplicated Degrees/Certificates Awarded 5 11 9
20a Degrees Awarded 4 8 5
20b Certificates of Achievement Awarded 0 0 0
20c Advanced Professional Certificates Awarded 0 0 0
20d Other Certificates Awarded 1 12 9
21 External Licensing Exams Passed Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
22 Transfers to UH 4-yr 1 2 1
22a Transfers with credential from program 0 0 1
22b Transfers without credential from program 1 2 0

Distance Education:
Completely On-line Classes
Program Year  
09-10 10-11 11-12
23 Number of Distance Education Classes Taught 0 0 0  
24 Enrollment Distance Education Classes 0 0 0
25 Fill Rate 0% 0% 0%
26 Successful Completion (Equivalent C or Higher) 0% 0% 0%
27 Withdrawals (Grade = W) 0 0 0
28 Persistence (Fall to Spring Not Limited to Distance Education) 0% 0% 0%

Perkins IV Core Indicators
Goal Actual Met  
29 1P1 Technical Skills Attainment 90.10 100.00 Met  
30 2P1 Completion 45.00 80.00 Met
31 3P1 Student Retention or Transfer 56.00 86.67 Met
32 4P1 Student Placement 51.00 92.31 Met
33 5P1 Nontraditional Participation 16.25 13.89 Not Met
34 5P2 Nontraditional Completion 15.15 12.50 Not Met
Last Updated: August 6, 2012
Glossary | Health Call Scoring Rubric

Part II. Analysis of the Program


Demand indicator is unhealthy because there are too many majors per available job in the county, as reported by the Dept. of Labor. Starting this year, the UHCC system is using stricter SOC codes to indicate the types of jobs that are available to graduates of each program. ET used to have a lot more options listed, which is why jobs available looks like it went down sharply. It's really the stricter definition.

Efficiency health call is healthy because the fill rates are high enough, and because the program has what is considered to be a reasonable ratio of majors to faculty. However, since the program is short one faculty member, the health call may be inaccurate.

The Effectiveness health call is cautionary -- the graduation rate of the program is high enough, but there are too many graduates for the number of available, and the persistence rate of students isn't considered high enough to be healthy.

ETRO met most of the Perkins IV indicators and in many cases the actual percentages far exceeded the goals set.  Non-traditional participation and completion was not met; however, since the new faculty is female, this may motivate more non-traditional students due to the role-model provided. Deficiencies in Non-traditional participation and completion in technical programs occurs nationally.

Part III. Action Plan


Goal Alignment

UH System Goals, Kaua‘i Community College Goals, and Strategic Goals

Program Goals

UH Goal 1:  Educational Effectiveness and Student Success

KCC Goal 1: Access &

KCC Goal 2: Learning and Teaching

Strategic Goals: Student Recruitment, Retention and Success of All Students and Particularly

o    Remedial/Developmental Students

o    Non-traditional Students in Career and Technical Programs

o    Increased Completion of Degrees, Certificates, and Licensure

o    Increased Transfer Rate

o    Increase opportunities for potential students to experience KCC


Relevant Curriculum Development

o    Sustainability/Green Jobs

o    Health

o    STEM

o    DOE-KCC English Alignment

o    Distance Education

o    Create/Strengthen k-12 - four-year degree pathways


Completion of               

o    Course Student Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

o    Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

o    Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

o    Course Action Forms (CAFs)


Assessment Activities and Analysis


ETRO Program Goal 1.

Participate in CTE / STEM  pathway programs that better prepare students and support career pathways into our program and on into industry



·         Modify Pre-ETRO program to include IS103



·         STEP science show.




·         Modify ETRO to be a hybrid or distant course using NIDA Online CAI curriculum.

·         Maintain partnerships Hawaii Space Grant Consortium, Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory, & Akamai. Internship involves students in high tech projects that allow interaction with projects at the baccalaureate and graduate level.


UH Goal 2:  A Learning, Research and Service Network

KCC Goal 3: Workforce Development & KCC Goal 5: Community Development

Strategic Goals: Increased Job Placement and/or Performance through

o    Revised or New Curriculum

o    Better Coordination with Business and Industry



ETRO Program Goal 2.

Develop partnerships with public sector organizations, industry, and international organizations.




ETRO Program Goal 3

Explore and develop curriculum or expertise in new technologies

UH Goal 3:  A Model Local, Regional and Global University

KCC Goal 6 Diversity

Strategic Goals:

o    Fostering Global Understanding and Intercultural Competence

o    Increased Enrollment and Success of International Students


UH Goal 4:  Investment in Faculty, Staff, Students and Their Environment

KCC Goal 4: Personal Development

Strategic Goals:

o    Professional Development Directed to Any of the Above Goals

o    Enriching Student Experience, Particularly Directed to Any of the Above Goals

o    Increasing the Efficiency, Effectiveness and Sustainability of the KCC Environment

ETRO Program Goal 4

Continual update of equipment and software to keep pace with the changing technology


ETRO Program Goal 5

Seek out and fund professional development opportunities


UH Goal 5:  Resources and Stewardship

KCC Goal 5 Community Development

Strategic Goals:

o    Reduce Deferred Maintenance

o    Address Health and Safety Issues

o    Promote Sustainability

ETRO Program Goal 6

Generate an extramural revenue stream



Action Plan(s)

This is a transitional year for the ETRO program, with the retirement of Dr. Takahashi and departure of Dr. Du. Thus the program goals are carried over from the previous year, with modifications to the action plan being made that are appropriate to the present needs of the program.

Program Goal

Action Item

Resources Needed

Person(s) Responsible


Indicator of Improvement

PLO impacted


1. Participate inCTE / STEM  pathway programs that better prepare students and support career pathways into our program and on into industry

Modify pre-ETRO program to require IS103.


G. Friend

J. Constantino

Spring 2013

improved Persistence.


Tracking of pre-ETRO students and more coordination with TTD counselor. 





Establish working relationship with counselors and teachers at each high school.

 Outreach to K-middle school via STEP science show


Faculty time

G. Friend

New faculty


Establish working relationship with Waimea and Kapaa High School


STEP science display spring 2012

Indirect effect on all PLOs with the recruitment of better students

Good working relationship with Kauai High School electronics & photonics


Even with a CTE coordinator on campus there seems to be very little organized interaction with K-12. 


2. Maintain partnerships with UH System institutions, public sector organizations, and industry.

Maintain Weather Station and develop satellite tracking procedures for Hawaii Space Flight Lab at KCC.

Add and upgrade equipment to support e-callisto solar receiver and potential for CubeSat payload develpment

NI data logger, parabolic mirrors, EUV sensors  $871

G. Friend



Enhanced ground station capabilities.


More students with internships due to more opportunities

All PLOs

Weather station and e-callisto operational, but lacking complete instrument package and data logging.


Kauai satellite tracking station operational


Mentor NASA Space Grant Trainees and projects during the semester and summer

Parts and supplies for projects


G. Friend

T. Ellis

New faculty

Ongoing with fall/spring space grant trainees & summer fellows

Improve placement opportunities for students

All PLOs

Proposals for 4 new trainees written








Support Akamai Internship program on Maui and the big island with eventual goal of establishing a partnership that will bring that program to Kauai

Travel to symposia

G. Friend


Improve placement opportunities for students

All PLOs

Seeking to establish presence with PMRF.

3. Explore and develop curriculum or expertise in new technologies

CCNA security course, and basic CCNA certification

Certification in Honolulu


Spring 2014

Maintain Perkins Technical Skills Attainment at 100%

PLO 1,2,3



Enhance RF telemetry course


412 V, 75 A switching power supply with battery backup-$400


S. Friend

Spring 2013

Maintain Perkins Technical Skills Attainment at 100%


Enhanced RF course and global radio communicatio


PLO 1,2,3


4. Purchase, update & maintenance  of equipment, software, and supplies to keep pace with the changing technology

ETRO Fabrication supplies

ETRO fabrication supplies $2100 (PC board fabrication tools, electronic components, wires, wire wrap tools, PC board etch chemicals)


Spring 2013

SLOs fulfilled


Supplies are exhausted


Acquire 22 Computer monitors


G. Friend and new faculty

Spring 2013

Maintain Perkins Technical Skills Attainment at 100%


PLO 1,2,3

We have 14 new computers with no monitors, and 8 computers with broken monitors


Software upgrades  for computer lab and admin

Win 8 OS (12), MS Visio (4)

G. Friend,

New faculty, T. Ellis, J. Kirby





5. Seek funding for professional development opportunities

Attend iCubeSat2013 conference May 28-29 Ithaca, NY

$2400 for travel and accommodations

G. Friend

Spring 2013




Proposing to have Kauai CC be a major contributor to NASA HSFL so students will have training






CCNA certification

Certification exam in Honolulu $600

G. Friend

Summer 2013

CCNA certified instructor


We do not currently have a certified instructor

Generate an extramural revenue stream

Manage current Technology  Endowment Fund in support of advanced technology and agriculture


F. Takahashi


Long term goal is to increase the endowment to $100 K.

No specific timeline.


Indirect impact on all PLOs by means of enhanced program efficiency & quality.

Last year’s earnings have been added to the endowment and not to the distribution account.


Distributed income funded trip to WAS conference



Create a second Technology Endowment Fund with a goal of $500,000 with the UH Foundation

Funds for marketing materials and fund raiser

F. Takahashi

G. Friend


Raise $18,800 to establish endowment –need a “lead donor” who will provide most of the funding to start the endowment


Indirect impact on all PLOs by means of enhanced program efficiency & quality.

No recent activity since the Kauai CC UHF position terminated.



UHF ETRO account


F. Takahashi


No specific

Indirect impact on all PLOs by means of enhanced program efficiency & quality.



Seek funding from grants

Faculty time

G. Friend and new faculty


Get Perkins grant to support  networking and software development

Indirect impact on all PLOs by means of enhanced program efficiency & quality.

Current RDP runs to 2012


Special revolving account

Volunteer time

F. Takahashi


Supports sustainable Kauaii

Indirect impact on all PLOs by means of enhanced program efficiency & quality.

Non-credit apiary technology course income held in OCET


Scholarship and internship funding for ETRO students

Faculty and student volunteer time supporting Koloa Sugar Mill run and Lions Club Laser Etched badges

G. Friend



Funding from ITEA

Indirect impact on all PLOs by means of enhanced program efficiency & quality.

Rotary club scholarship fund positive balance

Part IV. Resource Implications










Computer monitors




Department has 14 new computers with no monitors, and 8 computers with broken monitors


CCNA certification test in Honolulu




Department does not presently have a certified instructor for the Cisco Academy


Windows 8 OS license




Computer lab running Windows Vista, which is very out of date. Modern OS needed for ETRO 287


PC board fabrication tools, electronic components, wires, wire wrap tools, PC board etch chemicals




ETRO 121, ETRO 120, ETRO 122, ETRO 18


Parts for solar monitoring station  in Kauai Tracking station: NI data logger, parabolic mirrors, EUV sensors




Parts will provide projects for students on NASA Space Grant Traineeships and for ETRO 193V and ETRO 161


Site license for MS Visio 2010




ETRO 121, ETRO 120, 122


CNNA security course and certification in Honolulu




Grows Cisco Academy capabilities and is relevant to the increasing security threats to cyber systems


Antenna ($300), 12 V, 75 A switching power supply with battery backup ($400)




Enhances RF course and the ability to communicate globally



iCubeSat2013 conference




Training for G. Friend to better support student Internships with the NASA Space Grant, ultimately resulting in tech jobs supporting Hawaii’s observatories or PMRF







Program Student Learning Outcomes

For the 2011-2012 program year, some or all of the following P-SLOs were reviewed by the program:

this year?
Program Student Learning Outcomes


An appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, and skills in the use of the contemporary tools of electronics technology.


Theoretical and technical knowledge and an ability to understand components, analyze systems, and the control processes that govern the outcomes of systems for purposes of operation, maintenance, and improvement.


An ability to apply current technical knowledge in the analysis and solution of technical problems.


An ability to function effectively on teams interacting with all levels of personnel, fully participating, and adding to the dynamics of the group and an understanding of the importance of tech-op competencies, internalizing them so they become a part of the daily habits and persona.


An ability to communicate effectively orally, in writing, and by means of the various electronic communication devices


An ability to understand professional, ethical, and social responsibilities showing a respect for diversity and an awareness of contemporary professional, societal, and global issues.


A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous professional improvement with the ability to adapt to emerging technologies.

A) Evidence of Industry Validation

No content.

B) Expected Level Achievement

No content.

C) Courses Assessed

No content.

D) Assessment Strategy/Instrument



How is it assessed?


Hands-on skillswith hand/power tools, meters, instrumentation, and software; demonstrated by projects, tests, practical labs


Technical knowledgeand critical thinking skills as applied to systems, operations and development; demonstrated by projects, tests, practical labs


Technical knowledge and critical thinking skills as applied to troubleshooting; demonstrated in lab environments


Workplace skills--Work ethic, initiative, leadership, team player; demonstrated in lab and group environments


Communication demonstrated in projects, computer submissions, oral presenations


Ethics, diversity, awareness with sensitivity and respect toward others.


Life long learning, adaptability, and an ingrained consciousness toward quality, thoroughness and attention to detail.

E) Results of Program Assessment

Students perform at a satisfactory to above satisfactory level.

F) Other Comments

No content.

G) Next Steps

No content.