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Stream samples are collected for water quality testing.

A new science lab technician certificate program at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College beginning in fall 2019 will provide knowledge and skills to collect, analyze and interpret environmental and water quality data.

The four-credit certificate program takes one year to complete and is offered as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture water quality education grant, which develops innovative approaches, such as creating industry-aligned certificates, to increase participation of diverse students in STEM-related fields.

As critical water issues on Maui County continue to escalate, UH Maui College faculty Andrea Kealoha said the workforce demand for lab technicians with expertise in environmental and water quality testing in Hawaiʻi is projected to increase by 36 percent by 2025.

Students interested in the natural sciences or those pursuing environmental or sustainability careers may consider the program. The program will offer $300 for completing the first course in fall (SCI 190V) and then another $700 for finishing the last two spring classes. In total students will receive $1,000 for completing the four credit certificate. The deadline to apply for fall 2019 is Aug. 1. Visit the UH Maui College website or contact Kealoha at

—By Kit Furukawa

Students testing samples in the lab
Students have access to lab equipment as part of the program, in addition to lecture and field work.
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