Although Maui Community College was officially established in 1966, the school had already provided 30 years of education to the local island community. After starting out as the Maui Vocational School in 1931, the institution upgraded to provide more of a technical education, and thus changed its name to Maui Technical School. Once the Community College Act passed in 1964, setting up a community college system, the school changed its name for the last time and became not only one of seven community colleges but also one of 10 official campuses within the University of Hawaii system.
Now, the 2-year community college serves all individuals regardless of age, letting them achieve associate and transfer degrees in a number of fields including culinary arts, computer engineering, electronics, nursing, hospitality and tourism.
For the college bound, the school provides an affordable 2-year option to begin chipping away at those immense credit requirements of a baccalaureate before transferring over to a 4-year institution to complete the degree. For the work bound, Maui Community College was the official winner of the 2008 Bellwether Award for workforce development and job placement. The school also offers a variety of bachelor and master’s programs from the University of Hawaii for local Maui residents through a distance-learning program.
Additionally, due to the picturesque beauty of the school’s diverse setting, Maui Community College emphasizes sustainable and environmentally friendly practices, seen through their partnership with the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui. Through this, the school provides students with a great place to learn about current practices and renewable energy technologies. Also, the school is the only community college in Hawaii to have a supercomputer from IBM.
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Application to Maui Community College can be done either online or through mail. In order for students to be eligible, they need to be 18 years old or older or have a final high school transcript, diploma or GED scores.
Applications for the fall semester are normally due in August, with December being the deadline for all spring semester students. It should be noted that applications for selective admission programs and international students sometimes have different deadlines.
Students are required to fill out a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit it before financial aid can be considered. Once the financial aid office at Maui Community College receives the report, they will calculate the total possible award and notify individual students. The priority filling date for financial aid is at the beginning of April.
Besides the traditional loans, grants and work-study programs, the school has many scholarships available for all students, although a majority of them are for local, native Hawaiians. Such scholarships and grants include the Pacific Islander Achievement Grant, the Hawaii B+ Scholarship and the Maui Merit Scholarship.
Maui Community College offers student housing for students on a first come, first serve basis through a privately owned apartment complex within walking distance of campus.
On the student life side of things, a variety of clubs and student-run organizations provide extra, out of class activities for all students to partake in. Such clubs include student government, the aikido club, the peace club and the phi theta kappa international honor society.
Off campus, the island setting of Maui provides students with a slew of outdoor and recreational activities to enjoy. Surfing, windsurfing and kite boarding are all readily available, as well as hiking and trekking. Additionally, yoga is a very popular activity in the region, so students have a great selection of specific studios to practice their daily exercises and stretches. Plus, with the beautiful coastline, the island makes it very easy for students to take a few hours off to lie on the beach and soak up some sun.
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With such a diverse population of Caucasians, Japanese, Filipinos and Hawaiians, the region and the school definitely embrace the local community and provide students with a mixture of ethnicities and heritages. Going hand in hand with local community is the local traditions, arts and culture. Besides, hosting the World Hula Conference in 2005, the school is located right next to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, where big name musicians and local island stars occasionally play.
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