The Counselors at Kapi‘olani Community College support, unify, celebrate, and advocate for students in the areas of academic advising, career exploration, and mental health. Below are descriptions of the services counselors provide and their contact information.
Counselors in Academic Programs
Counselors in Academic Programs are available to assist students in learning about college majors, services, and resources; clarify educational goals, and receive support for academic success.
Business, Legal & Technology
The Business, Legal and Technology Program offers 2-year degrees in accounting, information technology, marketing, and paralegal. These degrees transfer and apply to 4-year degrees at UH West Oahu. Our counselors help students to select classes, make decisions about their education, and complete their goals.
Florentino Abara, Jr
The Culinary Arts Counseling office provides support to students with pre-enrollment program information, academic advising, culinary event opportunities, and program scholarship information. Counselors also provide support in transferring to UH West Oahu’s BAS-CULM or UH Mānoa’s BS-FSHN Culinology programs.
The Deaf Center is the only deaf-related center in the University of Hawaiʻi system. The office provides academic support to deaf and hard-of-hearing students, including support from a counselor who is fluent in American Sign Language. Additional services include support from the Deaf Education Paraeducator Program — part of the Center on Responsive Education.
English for Speakers of Other Languages
The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program prepares English language learners for success in college. ESOL courses give students opportunities to develop academic English and college study skills that will prepare them for the language demands of college classes.
Health Sciences, EMS & Nursing
Academic counselors guide and support students engaged in Health Sciences, EMS & Nursing career pathways to earn degrees and certificates. Students are counseled in a variety of areas including admission requirements and criteria, curriculum, program costs, financial aid, licensure/certification, and baccalaureate program transference.
(808) 734-9224 (Health & EMS) email@example.com
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(808) 734-9305 (Nursing) email@example.com
(808) 734-9305 (Nursing)
Hospitality & Tourism
Hospitality and Tourism counselors help students select classes, stay on track for their degree program, and make decisions about their educational and career goals. Counselors can also assist students with academic support needs through individual sessions, workshops, and college educational resources.
Liberal Arts, Hawaiian Studies, & STEM
The Maida Kamber Center has a team of counselors available to assist students in their academic journey. Career exploration services help students identify a major that best aligns with their own individuality. Transfer services are available to assist students intending to continue their education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UH), the campuses of the UH system, or outside institutions.
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Dawn Michelle Chandler
Kaʻieʻie Program & Transfer Advisor
New Media Arts
Counselors provide guidance and support in the exploration of careers in the New Media Arts (NMA) field. Services include an introduction to NMA programs, guidance through the portfolio and application process, holistic support for current NMA students, and access to alumni and industry professionals.
Counselors in Support Programs
Counselors in Support Programs compliments the Counselors in Academic Programs by assisting students with their educational, personal, and career goals.
The Disability Support Services Office (DSSO) serves its students with disabilities by maintaining equal access to classes, programs, and the physical environment. Students must self-identify to the DSSO, provide disability documentation, and engage in an interactive intake process to request reasonable accommodations.
The Employment Prep Center provides students and alumni career development education and employment resources by collaborating with academic programs, campus stakeholders, and our community partners to promote lifelong career and educational goals.
First-Time College Students
The First-Year Experience (FYE) is the entry point for new Kapi‘olani Community College students attending college for the first time. As with every new voyage, sometimes getting started is the hardest part. Don’t get discouraged, because FYE is here to help you figure it all out.
High School Students
The Kuilei Outreach Program is a college transition pathway program that strives to promote cooperative, successful connections, transitions, and educational experiences for students who choose to continue their education at Kapi‘olani Community College.
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The International Student Program paves the road for international student adjustment and success by providing cultural transition support, college skills, and advocacy for international students.
Low-income, First Generation College Students & Students with a Documented Disability
TRIO Student Support Services assists disadvantaged students in their academic trajectory toward graduation at Kapi‘olani Community College and in the optional pursuit of advanced degrees. The TRIO program at Kapiʻolani CC is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and serves low-income, first-generation college students with documented disabilities.
The Kaʻau Program for Student Mental Health and Wellness Office is an essential resource to the campus community in dealing with mental health conditions. Counselors provide a range of services and wellness activities to support the academic and life goals of our students.
The Kapoʻoloku Program for Native Hawaiian Student Success exists to ensure that the programs and services of Kapi‘olani Community College are equitable for students of Hawaiian ancestry. The program provides a solid foundation for students by reinforcing the importance of education, focusing on personal growth and development within the context of Hawaiian history.
The Online Learner Success program supports students in learning and succeeding in the online environment. Being prepared and ready to learn online is an important foundational step, as well as connecting with academic and student support resources in the journey toward reaching personal, academic, and career goals.
Kristie Souza Malterre
The Pāhihi Program for Returning Adults is able to assist any student who is looking to return to college and is not coming directly from high school. We can assist you with transferring credits into the college, identifying a major, understanding general information about our programs, and more.
Services are provided for student parents focusing on those with financial needs. Counselors provide referrals for child care, legal services, and other community resources, and provide scholarship search assistance, and online resources for family-friendly events and activities.
Veterans & Active Duty Military
The Veteran & Military Resource Center supports student veterans, active duty military, and spouses & dependents who are eligible for education benefits. Visit/contact us to learn how to use your service-connected education benefits and transition to college life.
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Can’t find what you are looking for? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance. Please refer to the UH Staff/Faculty directory for more contact details.
What we expect of you.
- Recognize that advising is a shared responsibility
- Come to appointments prepared with questions and/or topics to discuss
- Track your academic progress using advising tools such as STAR, the Kapiʻolani CC, and other college websites and college catalogs.
- Seek assistance from counselors instructors and/or mentors about issues and concerns that are affecting your academic progress.
- Understand and follow college policies, procedures, and important dates and deadlines as appropriate.
- Seek out and use the college services and resources available to you.
What you should expect from us.
- Maintain professional integrity, confidentiality, respect, support, and sensitivity in advising.
- Empower students to be independent, resourceful thinkers who will accept responsibility for their decisions.
- Assist students in developing an educational plan utilizing STAR towards graduation and/or transfer
- Help students clarify their educational and/or career goals based on their interests, values, and strengths
- Clarify academic policies, college regulations, program requirements, procedures, and other college information.
- Refer students to appropriate campus, system, and community resources and services.
- Respect students’ individual needs and diversity.
We understand that being a student can be challenging and stressful at times, and we want to let you know that you are not alone. Whether you are struggling with academic pressures, personal issues, or just need someone to talk to, our counseling services are here to support you. We believe in the importance of mental health and well-being, and we want to help you succeed both academically and personally. We invite you to contact us and learn more about the services we offer and how we can help you.
We are excited to offer a wide range of workshops designed to help you succeed academically, personally and professionally. These workshops cover a variety of topics, from time management and stress reduction, to career development and networking. Our workshops are led by experienced professionals who are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals and reach your full potential. We encourage you to take a look at the workshops we have available and sign up for the ones that interest you. By participating in our workshops, you will gain valuable skills and insights that will benefit you both now and in the future.