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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

1989
February 1

Full accreditation received

Full accreditation of the college is received after the accreditation evaluation team visits the college in November 1988.
March 1

New aerospace resource lab at Pū’ōhala School

Physics Assistant Professor, Joseph Ciotti opens the aerospace resource lab at Pū’ōhala School to assist in training elementary teachers throughout the community.
May 1

WCC sets up a “sister school” with Kagawa Junior College in Japan

As part of its participation in international education, WCC sets up a “sister school” relationship with Kagawa Junior College in Japan, paving the way for teacher and student exchanges.
June 1

First Taro Festival held on the WCC campus

The first Taro Festival is held on the WCC campus, an event featuring taro’s cultural significance and diversity with recipes, food samples, poi pounding, taro related games and Hawaiian legends for children, food booths, crafts, and entertainment.
July 1

Computer-assisted instruction lab for English students

In fall semester, the college launches a computer-assisted instruction lab for students in designated sections of English composition courses. Writing assignments in these classes must be done on the Macintosh computers in the lab or in the library. Instructor Frank Mattos coordinates the program and the lab.
1990
January 1

Instructors Mark Hamasaki and Libby Young among “Ten Who Make a Difference”

WCC instructors Mark Hamasaki and Libby Young are named among “Ten Who Make a Difference” in Hawaiʻi in 1991 by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. They are cited for their efforts to help secure funding for the start of the college’s Master Plan.
February 1

Ka ʻOhana newspaper wins another award

For the third year, Ka ʻOhana, the college monthly newspaper, wins the American Scholastic Press Association national first place award. This year the award includes “with special merit” recognizing Ka ʻOhana as one of the two top papers in the country for community colleges of its size.
1992
January 1

New Dean of Student Services

Sandra Matsui becomes the Dean of Student Services. She comes to WCC from California State University at Bakersfield.
February 1

WCC gets first full-time Hawaiian Studies instructor

Kalani Meinecke joins WCC as the first full-time Hawaiian Studies instructor. He is charged with developing the Hawaiian Studies Program.
September 17

WCC celebrates 20 years

A series of events to celebrate WCC’s “20 Years and Growing” is inaugurated by the big birthday party on September 17. It features a giant birthday cake which was made from many individual cakes contributed by students and faculty, assembled, iced, and decorated to be enjoyed by visitors to the..Read More
October 1

Marine Option Program students conduct survey

Marine Option Program students participate in conducting the first baseline marine survey of Kāneʻohe Bay to determine the recreation and commercial fishing populations in the bay.
1994
January 1

New parking lot opens

A new parking lot across from Waipā building opens January 23, providing much needed additional parking for students and staff.
2022
September 16

Joseph Ciotti is named the top aerospace educator

WCC Assistant Professor, Joseph Ciotti is named the top aerospace educator in the nation and winner of the 1993 Christa McAuliffe Award from the Aerospace Education Foundation.