Although the spring semester has ended, Kapiʻolani Community College students with an interest in culinary arts will have a new opportunity awaiting them in fall 2015. After two years of consultations and discussions, a memorandum of agreement between the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Kapiʻolani CC has been approved by the leaders at both campuses. This agreement aims to facilitate the transfer of students who earn an AS degree in Kapiʻolani’s culinary arts program with a concentration in institutional food service management into UH Mānoa’s BS program in food service and human nutrition, with the culinology option. Culinology is a new and exciting field involving the blend of culinary arts and the science of food. The food service and human nutrition program is housed in the Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR).

Effective fall 2015, the agreement lists the particular courses which must be completed at Kapiʻolani CC and UH Mānoa to achieve the BS degree. Kapiʻolani CC students must graduate with the identified AS degree and complete the Kaʻieʻie application process in order to be eligible under this agreement. Students who transfer to UH Mānoa without an AS degree may be required to complete additional coursework for the BS degree at UH Mānoa. Kaʻieʻie is a degree pathway program between Honolulu, Kapiʻolani, Leeward, and Windward CC and UH Mānoa. Kaʻieʻie is a dual-admission, dual-enrollment program for students who are pursuing a four-year undergraduate degree and who choose to begin their degree at one of the aforementioned community college campuses.

The agreement will allow both UH Mānoa and Kapiʻolani CC to use resources more efficiently, to smooth the transfer process, to establish shared program responsibilities for student recruitment and academic advising, and to increase student options for college success with a shared curriculum by expanding on-campus services between UH Mānoa and Kapiʻolani CC.

Leon Richards, chancellor of Kapiʻolani CC, stated, “This 2+2 program opens up opportunities for students to seek high-paying professions such as culinary scientist, research chef, and culinologist. It is a forward-thinking program.”

Charles Kinoshita, CTAHR’s associate dean for academic and student affairs agreed, saying, “We are making a concerted effort to expand career opportunities with an adaptable curriculum, while enhancing student learning. I am pleased that the UH System is working to reshape itself for the benefit of students and to meet industry needs.”

A College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources news release