Business Management

Leading the Leeward Way - February 24, 2015

Career and technical education means high-paying careers

By Ron Umehira

As I watched President Barack Obama deliver his annual State of the Union address to Congress recently, I felt a sense of pride as he mentioned the role that community colleges play in strengthening our economy, especially in the area of skills training and Career and Technical Education (CTE). I was inspired to hear the story of Rebekah Erler who along with her husband experienced economic hardships due to the declining housing and job markets several years ago. Rebekah eventually enrolled in a community college and was retrained for a new career, and her husband got back into construction.

The president stated, "To make sure folks keep earning higher wages down the road, we have to do more to help Americans upgrade their skills." He spoke about utilizing federal and state funding to cover the tuition costs for two years of community college education for all students who meet certain requirements, such as enrolling at least half-time and maintaining a 2.5 grade point average or higher. Making college education more affordable will result in improved certificate and degree completion and help more students transfer to four-year institutions. The president also called upon business and industry to provide job training opportunities, such as paid apprenticeships and career education opportunities for employees.

As of November 2014, the unemployment rate was 4 percent in Hawaii and 5.8 percent nationally. These figures are steadily improving. There are many positions in both existing and emerging fields that require specific skill sets and training. A community college education can help job seekers fulfill these requirements.

CTE is meeting these challenges in Hawaii and across the nation by preparing students to work in today's economy. Not only is CTE here offering students technical training for a broad range of high-demand career fields like health care, construction, health information technology, web development, hospitality and tourism, engineering and information technology, it is providing students with academic and employability skills necessary for success in any career.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly one-third of the fastest-growing occupations will require an associate's degree or a postsecondary certificate. In his speech, the president mentioned that "two in three job openings will require some higher education." At a time when job opportunity is so critical, students must be adequately equipped with the skills to successfully enter the workforce.

In Hawaii's high schools, CTE programs provide rigorous academic and technical training to over 27,800 students. The University of Hawaii Community Colleges currently enrolls over 10,000 CTE students. In order to continue to prepare students for the workforce, we need to embrace the initiatives that President Obama spoke about in his address.

Additionally, congressional support and funding from the national level are important. The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act is the primary source of federal funding for CTE programs. It builds the capacity for academically rigorous instruction aligned to the needs of business and industry, and supports innovation and expands access to quality programs.

February is national CTE Month — themed "Recognizing Classroom Innovators!" — and is an opportunity for programs across America to demonstrate how we promote CTE college- and career-readiness. Special activities scheduled include presentations on how to study accounting, how to be a top chef, how to start a business, and on learning about CTE programs such as computer science, television production, digital media, health information technology, plant biology and tropical agriculture, and management.

Ron Umehira is dean of Career and Technical Education at Leeward Community College.

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Campus Connections: Cori Conner, Job Prep Services

Job Prep Services

By: Lynn MacLaren, Academic Specialist, ICS, DMED, PBT, HSER

In this newsletter, we’re featuring an important member of the Job Prep Services office here at Leeward CC. If you don’t know who Cori Conner is, you should! She is a “woman with a plan” who can help prepare you to land a job—here on campus or off campus. With a little Q & A, let’s find out some more about Cori and what’s up with Job Prep Services:

Q: What is the most rewarding part of working in your job?

A: I’ve been working here for 4 years now, and I’d have to say meeting with new and returning students to assist them with preparing for either a part-time job or a full-time career. Also, hosting annual JPS (Job Prep Services) events such as Open Houses and Job Fairs.

Editor’s note: The Open House “Photo Booth” is awesome!

Q: What exactly does “registering” with Job Prep Services mean for a student?

A: By registering on the Job Prep Website, you can easily:

1) Create an online application profile

2) Search and apply for jobs

3) Upload and manage resumes and cover letters

4) Allow employer viewing of your profile

5) Set up a Job Agent to receive e-mail updates

6) Provide hiring information to Job Prep Services

7) View the Job Prep calendar, announcements and our resource library

Q: How can students “connect” with you to get help with questions or to register for your services?

A: If students want to schedule an appointment with me, they can log into, click on the MyLeeward tab, click on services at the top, scroll down and click on Job Prep Services, click SCHEDULE ONLINE , click on my name, review my calendar for open times marked with a + (plus) sign, click on the + (plus) sign to schedule a time. Students can also call 455-0240. Students can walk-in to AD 222 and receive assistance, but if they want to meet with me, an appointment is preferred.

Q: What’s coming up with JPS that we should know about?

A: Our Annual Career, College and Job Fair is on Wednesday, April 8, 2015!

We’ll have more than 70 employers and 30 college programs, and attendance of nearly 2,000 job seekers. The purpose of the job fair is to provide access to college programs and employment opportunities from local businesses for both students and the general public.

Q: What advice do you regularly give to students who will graduate from a career program at Lee CC?

A: Find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life!

UPCOMING EVENTS- Mark Your Calendars!

Career Dynamics Week

"Entrepreneurship- Starting Your Business in Hawaii"

When: Thursday, February 26
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM
Where: BE-106

Want to start your own business?

Clint Henna, owner of Bio-Care Hawaii, will be the guest speaker. Learn how he started his successful business.

The Phi Beta Lambda/Enactus Business Club has put together it's annual CAREER DYNAMICS WEEK! Career Dynamics Week is a series of workshops that aim to improve professional skills and/or explore career opportunities.
For more information, you can also find workshops on the Leeward Events site at

Phi Beta Lambda / Enactus

Our next meeting is scheduled for this week!
When: Thursday, February 26
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Where: BE-106.

The PBL/Enactus Mission is to bring together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. PBL develops leadership skills, enhance the entrepreneurial spirit through service to the campus and community, and create a sense of responsibility for global sustainability through the common language of business.

Employers are looking for students with current skills and the ability to work with people. PBL/Enactus gives members the chance to gain these skills and prepares them for the "real-world" after college. In today's highly competitive business environment it takes more than just a degree to succeed. It requires business savvy, leadership skills, and technical knowledge. By taking advantage of the many programs and networking opportunities that Phi Beta Lambda offer students acquire the skills that will set them apart from the average graduate. They will be better prepared for careers, continued education including graduate school, and for life.

Member requirements:
Student who is interested in learning about business careers, wanting to learn from industry experts, participating in school and community projects, and developing leadership skills.

In order to receive Phi Beta Lambda honors at graduation, student members must be business majors; however, any Leeward CC student is welcome to participate and be a part of PBL/Enactus.

For more information contact Advisor Warren Kawano

(Source: Leeward Community College Student Life )

Time Management Workshop

When: Monday, March 2, 2014 & Tuesday, March 3, 2014
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: BE-228

Are you stressed for time?

Learn ways to use your time efficiently and effectively.
Find out where your time is going and how you can make the most of it.

Graduation Application Celebration Event

When: Monday, March 16, 2014 & Tuesday, March 17, 2014

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: BE-228

Please Join Us!

It doesn’t matter if you choose to walk in the graduation ceremony or not.

Fill out Application for Certificates and Degrees earned in your Business Program


  • You earned it! So you deserve it!
  • Looks good on your resume!
  • Free food and light refreshment

Got a question about graduation?
  • We have answers

Pre-Registration Workshop

When: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 & Thursday, April 2, 2015
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: BE-228

Please join us!

Plan ahead and join us at our Pre-Registration Workshop where you will find:

  • Tips on planning
  • Peer Mentors to help you

Hello Business Management Students!

My name is Sheri Watanabe and I am a Business Technology and also the acting Business Management Peer Mentor. I have an AA degree and an AS degree in Business Technology. Currently I am pursuing a Bachelors degree in Public Administration. Please feel free to email or schedule an appointment with me via StarFish. Have a great semester!