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.