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For 50 years, Windward Community College has been educating future entrepreneurs, scientists, dreamers, artists, and builders. WCC is celebrating its golden anniversary with a goal of raising $1 million for scholarships—to help all students fulfill their dreams of a college education. The college is kicking off its 50th anniversary year with two events. We hope you will join us!

Upcoming Events

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Alumni Gallery

Brooks Baehr

Brooks Baehr

COVID-19 & Pandemic Response Administrative Assistant, Hawai’i Department of Health

"Windward Community College played a huge role in shaping my future. The guidance from faculty and experience gained working on the school newspaper helped launch my nearly 40-year career in journalism and communications. After decades of news and sports broadcasting, I am now in charge of pandemic communications for the Hawai’i Department of Health."

Carla Rogers

Carla Rogers

retired, Student Parent Counselor, Windward Community College

"I enrolled at WCC as a non-traditional student with 16 years of hotel management experience. Windward presented an amazing experience of self development, academic learning and the vehicle through which I realigned my professional future. The career counselor became my mentor, the Writing Center guided me through academic writing and TRiO SSS tutored me through math. I was treated with professionalism, patience and diligence that was the foundation of my academic achievements through a master’s degree at Hawai'i Pacific University. I have fulfilled my dream of serving WCC students with the same respect and guidance I was recipient of so many years earlier."

Makana Tani

Makana Tani

Student and Academic Support, Windward Community College

Makana Tani lives and breathes Windward Community College, and goes above and beyond in supporting WCC's students, staff, and faculty and community. He is the epitome of one of WCC's core values–He pūnāwai kahe wale ke aloha. Serving and supporting with aloha. Makana is the perfect example of the amazing foundation that WCC instills in students who come through its doors to be successful and grow in both their professional and personal lives and also coming full circle and giving back to WCC and the windward community.

WCC History

1981
January 1

Seventh and eighth buildings acquired

The college acquires its seventh and eighth buildings from the State Hospital, and renovation begins in Haloa and ʻlolani buildings to accommodate the expanding number of classes.
February 1

TRiO Project funding renewed

Federal funding of the TRiO Project is renewed, providing counseling services to low-income, educationally disadvantaged students. Tutoring and skills improvement are also offered by students who are hired to work with their peers who are qualified for the program.
1982
January 1

New greenhouse for agriculture program

The agriculture program adds a new greenhouse near the aquaculture ponds.
February 1

Gallery ‘Iolani becomes reality

The Windward Community College Art Gallery in the ʻlolani building becomes a reality with Toni Martin as director and help from many volunteers.
March 1

New computer center opens up

A new computer center opens on campus through funding provided by an anonymous donor for a six-year period. Officially, the center is called “The Fujio Matsuda Technology Training and Education Center” for former University of Hawai’i President Fujio Matsuda. It offers outreach classes to the community to help them learn..Read More
April 1

Classes offered at Hawai‘i Women’s Community Correction Center

1983
January 1

Frank Kawai Hewett wins award

Hawaiian language instructor Frank Kawai Hewett wins a third award at the 1984 Nā Hōkū Hanohano ceremonies. This year’s award is for best traditional album; previous awards were for best composer and most promising artist.
February 2

WCC TRiO Program wins national honors

WCC TRiO Program wins national honors for tutoring services and tutorial training. TRiO counselor Suzanne Kita’s paper describing the tutoring program is selected as one of 40 papers nationwide and she presents it at the National Association for Developmental Education Conference.
1985
January 1

Journalism students go on field trips

Journalism classes at WCC provide training in news writing that develops skills that are useful in other subject areas. Students go on field trips to KGMB-TV and the Honolulu Advertiser for real-world experience. Former journalism students have found careers at local TV stations and newspapers. The student body grows to 1,540..Read More
March 1

Ceramic students plan mosaic mural at Kāneʻohe Regional Library

Students in Paul Nash’s ceramics classes are planning, molding, glazing, and hanging a 5’x 31′ mosaic mural on a wall near the front entrance to Kāneʻohe Regional Library. Cost of production is funded by the Friends of the Library of Hawaiʻi.
1987
January 1

New computerized registration system

Windward Community College joins other University of Hawaiʻi campuses in adapting a new computerized system to register students.
April 1

WCC art instructors exhibit work

Four WCC art instructors, Snowden Hodges, Paul Nash, Mark Hamasaki, and Toni Lange Martin exhibit their works at Queen Emma Gallery.
May 1

WCC student publishes book

WCC student Anne Landgraf publishes a book called, “E Na Hulu Kupuna Ola Maoli No – By the Treasured Kupuna, the Living Springs of Knowledge,” an oral history with photographs of 32 Windward Hawaiian speaking kūpuna.
1988
January 1

Library begins it’s computerized catalog

The library begins work on automating its functions, beginning with inputting into a computer a record for each cataloged item in the library.
1989
January 1

Master Plan document completed

The Windward Community College Master Plan document is completed and approved by the Board of Regents. The document finally gives WCC approval to proceed with its plans for renovation and construction of its new campus.