A New Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Education Program at Windward Community College (Windward CC)
ʻAo Kahi is a Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Education project sponsored by ALU LIKE, Inc. and funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
- Get Assistance with internships and job placement
- Receive up to 100% financial support
The ʻAo Kahi project is expanding opportunities at Windward CC for Native Hawaiian students to obtain recognized postsecondary credentials and hands-on learning in Information and Computer Science (ICS), specifically in cybersecurity. The project covers Windward CC student tuition to complete the Certificate of Competence in Information Security, a 40-hour internship on campus or with a business organization, and student support throughout the duration of the grant (scheduled for three years).
Who is ʻAo Kahi For?
ʻAo Kahi is for Native Hawaiian* students with a minimum 2.0. GPA** who will:
- register and complete ICS 171, ICS 184, ICS 281, and ICS 282
- be able to attend ALL classes with a positive work habit and a positive attitude
- be able to participate in all other required project activities (i.e. project feedback)
How do I Earn a Certificate of Competence in Information Security
Take four courses to earn a Certificate of Competence in Information Security:
- ICS 171 – Introduction to Computer Security (3 credits)
- ICS 184 – Introduction to Networking (3 credits)
- ICS 281 – Ethical Hacking (3 credits)
- ICS 282 – Computer Forensics (3 credits)
- ICS classes listed above are either online or hybrid
- Career and internship advising begins upon registration
- Internship and job placement assistance starts after completion of ICS 171
- Coordinator supports students throughout the duration of the grant
The ʻAo Kahi project is a great option for Native Hawaiian students interested in any major since these computer skills are valuable personally and professionally. We welcome students to start their ICS career pathway at Windward Community College.
* Proof of Native Hawaiian ancestry can be verified by birth certificate, Hawaiian registry card, or a verification letter from Kamehameha Schools, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, or Hawai‘i State Department of Health.
** Minimum 2.0 GPA can be from high school or community college