LIHU‘E — WalletHub’s 2021’s Best and Worst Community College Systems rates the University of Hawai‘i as the best overall community-college system in the country in a report published Monday.
Kaua’i Community College came in seventh nationwide, and was the highest-rated community-college campus in the University of Hawai‘i Community College system. Kapi‘olani CC was ranked No. 11, and Honolulu CC came in 30th.
“The UH Community Colleges provide a wide variety of educational and career opportunities at a good value,” UH Vice President of Community Colleges Erika Lacro said.
“There’s a place for everyone at our community colleges throughout the state, whether pursuing a health-care occupation, preparing for a trade or starting an educational path toward a career that requires more education, such as a teacher, scientist or engineer,” she said.
The study evaluated schools based on cost and financing, education outcomes and career outcomes.
“We are truly honored to be recognized as the No. 7 school in the nation,” said Gary Ellwood, KCC marketing director.
“The recognition is a testament to the good work being done by the college’s staff and students, including our current student helpers Alohi Chan, Carmen Swanson, and the student volunteers from Kapa‘a High School and Island School who are doing incredible work on our current radio campaign.”
KCC Chancellor Joseph Daisy was pleased with the WalletHub recognition as an outstanding community college from a field of more than 26,000 schools in the nation.
“Such recognition affirms our commitment to be a premier higher-education, Indigenous-serving center of excellence and innovation that creates exceptional and unique experiences for our ‘ohana through the rich culture of this special place,” Daisy said.
“We look forward to the beginning of the semester that opens Monday and fulfilling our promise to our students as articulated in our mission statement — Kaua‘i Community College is a kahua that inspires, engages and empowers learners and educators to enrich our community and our world.”
Registration for the fall semester is continuing at the college’s website, kauai.hawaii.edu. Registration and course changes continue through the end of next week, the first week of the fall semester.
Source: The Garden Island