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Leeward Community College administration untie the grand opening lei. (photos by Aaron Pila)

On September 16, Leeward Community College’s Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (OCEWD) held a grand opening for their new complex of buildings and new location.

The new OCEWD complex conatins one administrative office building and two instructional buildings with six classrooms and six labs. In addition, OCEWD now has a new commercial driving license training range and a refurbished motorcycle-training range.The building of the HART Rail Station on the west side of campus was the catalyst for the OCEWD move, now located on the diamond head end of campus. Representatives from more than 34 community partner organizations attended and toured the new facilities.

Guests explore new OCEWD complex (photos by Aaron Pila)

More about the Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development

OCEWD began as the Office of Special Programs and Community Services in 1969. Its purpose was to be a true partner with the community. OCEWD’s annual enrollment of 4,000 in non-credit workforce development and personal enrichment programs is an important force in fulfilling the educational needs of the Leeward and Central Oahu community.

OCEWD is highly flexible and quick to meeting the business community needs with respect to new and incumbent workers. Programs and classes are available in computer education, business education, electrical technology, process technology, advance automation, mechatronics, facilities maintenance and repairs, nurse aide, long term care, first aid, medical coding, medical reimbursement, patient services representative, commercial motor vehicle operator, forklift operator, and professional development. All of these workforce programs are selected for their higher wage employment opportunities. In order to enhance quality and assurance, many of these programs come with national and State of Hawaii credentials.

—By Kathleen Cabral

person trying the motorcycle simulator
The OCEWD motorcycle simulator

For more event photos visit Leeward CC’s Flickr gallery.

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