WCC offers a variety of Pre-College programs that provide students with a unique opportunity to earn college credit while in high school. Simultaneously, these programs are designed to help shape students academic, professional, personal, and social development. Our programs will challenge high school students by exposing them to the academic excellence of UCSB while acclimating to the university’s social environment. We have programs designed for every type of student.
Educational Talent Search (ETS) serves young people in grades six through twelve in career and college planning. The goal of ETS is to increase the number of youth who complete high school to enroll in and complete college. ETS students participate in grade-specific activities held at their school, in the community, and at college campuses.
The TRiO Upward Bound program identifies, motivates and prepares eligible students to complete high school, enroll in, and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education.
Early Admit is open to public and private high school and homeschooled students and allows students to take college courses at Windward Community College. Early Admit students who successfully complete the college class receive college credit.
Running Start is a state-wide program that provides an opportunity for academically qualified high school students enrolled in a Hawai‘i Department of Education school (including charter schools) to enroll in college classes through the University of Hawai‘i system as part of their high school coursework.
With Early College High School, college instructors teach college courses at the high school allowing for dual high school/college credit. These courses have the same content and student learning outcomes as our on campus courses. However, success is promoted by partnering the college instructor with a high school instructor, “the success coach,” who helps to motivate, engage, track, and mentor students.
The PaCES program encourages and supports environmental science education, research and stewardship at Windward Community College through undergraduate environmental science enrichment through classroom instruction and research, workforce training, K-12 environmental science enrichment, teacher training, and community environmental science awareness.