Employment Prep Center

Employment Prep Center

Established on the Kapiʻolani Community College (Kapiʻolani CC) campus in 2015, the Employment Prep Center (EPC) provides students and alumni career development education and employment resources. Visit the links below to learn more about who we are and resources for students, alumni, faculty, and employers.

EPC Vision and Mission

Vision

The Kapiʻolani Community College Employment Prep Center will educate students in their lifelong career development to lead fulfilling lives that sustain themselves, their communities, Hawaiʻi, and the world.

Mission Statement

The Kapiʻolani Community College Employment Prep Center supports students to identify and communicate their skills, interests, personality, and values that align with their personal, academic, and career goals. We provide resources and events to help students make informed academic and career decisions. We collaborate with faculty, staff, and our community partners to connect our diverse students and graduates with opportunities.

Students

Explore Careers

  • The Maida Kamber Center (MKC) offers two resources to help you identify careers that align with your personality, interests, values, and strengths. We recommend starting with the Focus 2 assessment. Register for your own personal account using the password from the MKC site.
  • Hawai‘i Industry Sectors is an interactive resource to gain information and real-time data for occupations, companies, state agencies, institutions, and industry sectors. Start with exploring an industry or taking a lifestyle quiz to find out how much money you need to make to afford the lifestyle you want.
  • Informational Interviews: Gain insider knowledge from people already working in a job, industry, or organization you’re interested in. Pick up a copy of the Networking Success Strategies handout in the Employment Prep Center (EPC) office for more info.

Gain Experience 

  • Learn through Service: Get connected with The Kapi‘olani Service & Sustainability Learning Program or Aloha United Way for hands-on experience in the neighboring community. Kapi’olani CC’s Māla Māunuunu and Conservation Connections provides a variety of opportunities through ‘aina-based learning as well.
  • Campus Contribution: Join a student organization  to develop leadership skills and make a difference on campus.
  • Research: Undergraduate research provides an opportunity to build your Curriculum Vitae (CV) while connecting with faculty in the field. Visit your program director to discuss independent study or the STEM Program for opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math.
  • Study Abroad: Expand your worldview through Study Abroad and develop academically and personally through immersion in a foreign culture.

Prepare to Get Hired

  • Resumes: Create a draft resume by downloading this template or utilizing the resume builder feature in your UHCC JCO account (via My Profile > Resumes). Edited resumes and critiques by field of study can also be found here.
  • Job search document handouts: Stop by the EPC office to pick up copies of handouts on resumes, Curriculum Vitaes (CVs), cover letters, job search strategies, and interviewing.
  • Career workshops: The EPC regularly hosts workshops to help students prepare, search, and secure part-time and full-time jobs. Check out the Kapi’olani CC Calendar for upcoming student and community events that may be of interest to you.
  • Individual job search support: EPC advisors are available to meet in person to review your job search documents and conduct practice (mock) interviews. Make an appointment via mysuccess.hawaii.edu (view instructions on how to do this here). (here’s the document to be used: https://drive.google.com/a/hawaii.edu/file/d/1b3LH46pvPgZSheS8nfjFAs7WnOtpOKje/view?usp=sharing).

Connect to Opportunities 

  • On-campus jobs: Current students that are enrolled at least half-time and in good academic standing can apply for on-campus jobs using SECE.
  • Off-campus jobs: Students are encouraged to use the UHCC Job Center Online (JCO) to search for off-campus jobs. Learn more and register for this free resource on the UHCC JCO website
Alumni

 

  • Job Center Online (JCO): UHCC alumni are welcome to use the JCO to search for jobs. Learn more and register for this free resource on the UHCC JCO website
  • Career Opportunities at the University of Hawai‘i: Professional positions across the University of Hawai‘i system are advertised through this website
  • Resume Samples: View edited resumes and critiques by field of study.
  • Career Consults: Whether you’re exploring your next career move or focused on preparing for your job search, you can work with an Employment Prep Center (EPC) advisor to assist you. To set up an appointment, call (808) 734-9066 or email gethired@hawaii.edu.
  • Refine your skills: Sharpen your existing skills or build new career skills through Continuing Education courses.
  • Connect to Alumni: Kapi‘olani CC is the only UHCC with an independent, active alumni association. There is no cost to join. Visit the Kapi‘olani CC Alumni and Friends Association website for more information.
Faculty

Want to support the career development of your students? Here are just some of the examples EPC can be a classroom resource:

  • Conduct in-class presentations about “What Can I Do With a _____ Major?”
  • Collaborate on class assignments related to student’s career goals or employment readiness (e.g., career exploration, resume writing, job searching, networking, interviewing, participation in job fairs) 
  • Invite a panel of employers (from specific industries or who studied specific majors) for a talk story session with your students
  • Invite employers to speak in your class about topics such as professionalism, time management, conflict resolution, effective communication, etc.
  • Speak to your class for 5 minutes about EPC services and resources
  • Serve as a mock interviewer

If you’re interested in any of the above or want to chat about your own career education ideas to include in your syllabus, please call (808) 734-9066.

Employers
  • Job Postings: Employers (in compliance with our Terms of Usage) can post current job openings across the UHCC system, search for potential candidates, and manage the job application process using the UHCC Job Center Online (JCO). Learn more and register for this free resource on the UHCC JCO website
  • Flyers: Bulletin boards on campus are reserved for student activities only. The Employment Prep Center (EPC) encourages you to use the UHCC JCO to post opportunities virtually.
  • Job Fairs: The EPC hosts one job fair at Kapi‘olani Community College in the Fall semester with a small group of employers. Since all invitations to our fairs are managed through the UHCC JCO, please update your contact information and job listings regularly.
  • Share Your Expertise:  For this upcoming academic year, the EPC is excited to announce a new initiative called Beyond the Table. Beyond the Table is our database of employers who would like to volunteer their time and expertise to engage with our students beyond hosting a recruiting table during one of our job fairs. Learn more about our Beyond the Table database here.
Connect with Us
  • Employment Prep Center (EPC)
    Kikaha O Laeʻahi Center, ʻIliahi 231
    Phone: (808) 734-9066
    Email: gethired@hawaii.edu 
  • Hours: The EPC is open for appointments and walk-ins Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Appointments are preferred.
  • Individual Appointments: Current students can make an appointment via MySuccess (learn how to make an appointment.) Alumni, faculty, and employers can call (808) 734-9066 or email gethired@hawaii.edu to request an appointment. 
  • Social Media: Follow us @kccepc on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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