$10 million released for Phase I of Kauai Community College's One-Stop Center

Kauaʻi Community College
Peggy Cha, (808) 245-8210
Kauai Community College
Kristen Bonilla, (808) 956-5039
External Affairs & University Relations
Posted: Sep 9, 2005

LĪHUʻE, Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi — Gov. Linda Lingle recently released $10 million for construction and equipment costs for Phase I of the One-Stop Center at Kauaʻi Community College (KCC). The One-Stop Center will consolidate the Administration, Student Services and Academic Support offices, which will provide all necessary services for enrolling students, testing, counseling, financial aid, registration, and business office services, in one location.

Currently, the Student Services program operates from the Campus Center and the Administration and the University Center Program operate from the Learning Resource Center.

"The entire Kauaʻi Community College ʻohana would like to acknowledge Governor Lingle for her support of student success and improvement at our campus," said Kauaʻi CC Chancellor Peggy Cha. "When completed, the One-Stop Center will make a tremendous difference, serving as a centerpiece for our college and greatly enhancing services for our college community."

The project was included in the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents‘ Capital Improvements Project budget for Supplemental Year 2004-2005, and the university ranked this project among one of its highest priorities, due in part to concerns raised by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. The commission had expressed concern that the current location and space assignment of these offices interferes with the quality of services available to students.

The amount released consists of $9,375,000 for construction costs and $625,000 for equipment costs. The design was completed in July, and construction is expected to be finished by August 2006.

Phase II will then provide facilities for the Office of Continuing Education and Training (OCET) and the bookstore. Presently, OCET operates from temporary portable buildings and faces limited space as well as a lack of integrated technologies needed to adequately plan, coordinate and administer non-credit, short-term courses and activities.