Welcome from the Chancellor

Welcome from the Chancellor

Dear Students,

Welcome to Kapi‘olani Community College!

The best way to get the most out of your education at KCC is to explore all that we have to offer.

What do you think is our largest academic program? We have an internationally renowned Culinary Arts program, but that’s not the largest department. We have over 12 health programs including four Nursing programs and other health programs such as Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). In fact, KCC educates all the EMTs and paramedics for the entire State, but that’s not the largest department either. How about New Media Arts, where you can take courses in computer animation or the Entrepreneurship certificate, where you can learn to run the business of your dreams? Actually, the largest program is liberal arts, where you can explore many areas such as biology, psychology, English, photography, and so much more. KCC can create a path for you to continue your education at a four-year college or university or to gain specific skills to launch into the workforce. Once you’ve completed your education at KCC, our continuing education and training program can help you with lifelong learning experiences through 3 areas of focus: Culinary Arts, Global Learning and Development, and Health Education.

We are a supportive ‘ohana and all of us are ready to help you succeed. If you need help with classes or finding a career path, we can help with that as well with our knowledgeable counselors, advisors and tutors. If you want to just relax and have fun, you can join one of our 16 student clubs such as the Ecology Club or Manga Anime & Gaming Club. With the greatest number of international students in the University of Hawai‘i Community College system at KCC, you may just meet someone from Japan, Sweden or Sri Lanka.

I look forward to seeing you at KCC, our beautiful campus at the base of Diamond Head.

Louise Pagotto
Interim Chancellor


Louise Pagotto attended Marianopolis College and graduated with a BA in English conferred by l’Université de Montréal (Canada) in May 1971. The next month, she was teaching high school in Papua New Guinea, an experience that was the start of her love affair with the Pacific. She returned to Canada in 1976 and completed her Master’s Degree in Linguistics at McGill University, focusing her research on the syntax of Ojibwa, an aboriginal language in Western Québec. She came to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa as an international student in 1980 and never left. Her doctorate in Linguistics was awarded in December 1987, with a dissertation on the verb morphology of Marshallese, a Micronesian language spoken in the Marshall Islands. One month after graduation, she was teaching English to non-native speakers at Leeward Community College. Her work at Kapi‘olani Community College began in August 1989 and has seen a number of incarnations since then: classroom teacher of English composition and linguistics, assistant dean for vocational and distance education, department chair of Language Arts, and assistant dean again, this time for Arts and Sciences and the Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, and Technology. She served as vice chancellor for academic affairs until June 2016 when she was named interim chancellor of Kapi‘olani Community College. She continues to derive special satisfaction from her involvement in professional development for faculty.

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