For the third year in a row Honolulu Community College was selected as the Best Vocational School in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Hawai‘i’s Best, People’s Choice Award. The tabloid was release in the Sunday, June 23 edition.
“Honolulu Community College is extremely grateful for this distinction. It is with great pride and responsibility that we continue to provide the highest level of quality instruction through our diverse liberal arts and career and technical programs,” says Erika L. Lacro, Chancellor of Honolulu CC.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser readers were asked to vote for their favorite in 115 categories. Readers had to choose a name to write in as their favorite; multiple-choice options were not provided. Each ballot needed 25 categories filled to be deemed valid. These votes were calculated electronically to determine who won –no duplications were allowed, one vote per person, which was also tracked electronically. The Sunday edition of the Star-Advertiser has a readership of 391,000 households.
“Honolulu Community College has been educating our state’s work force for over 90 years. What started as a trade school has evolved to become a comprehensive institution of higher learning for close to 50 years now offering a combination of 49 Associate degrees and certificates,” Lacro shares.
Throughout the college’s long history it has gone through multiple name changes. In 1920 the school opened its doors as the Territorial Trade School in Kapālama. Later it was reestablished as Honolulu Vocational School. Then in 1955 it was renamed Honolulu Technical School. In 1965 it became apart of the University of Hawai‘i System, and in 1966 the UH Board of Regents approved the name Honolulu Community College, authorized to grant associate in arts and associate in science degrees.
Today, with over 4,500 credit students and nearly 2,000 apprentice students, the college offers 49 degree and certificate programs. The main campus of Honolulu Community College is a short distance from the heart of downtown Honolulu, occupying more than 20 acres on Dillingham Boulevard. The college also has instructional facilities near Honolulu International Airport for its Aeronautics Maintenance program; automotive and heavy equipment shops on Kōkea Street; at the Kalaeloa Airport for its commercial aviation program; and their Marine Education Training Center at Sand Island.