New video urges students “Don’t Give Up”

Honolulu Community College knows that adapting to college life after high school, or after being out of school for while, can be difficult as new students often struggle with different academic and social expectations. Nationally, the highest drop-rates occur between the first and second year of college.

Honolulu CC is addressing the issue with a short video for first-year students, featuring former and current Honolulu CC students sharing their personal struggles and eventual successes as they transitioned into college. They tell them that the struggles are normal, to stick with it, and there are many avenues for help.

“It’s important that our students know that feelings of anxiety and desires to belong are absolutely normal,” says Honolulu CC Vice Chancellor Karen Lee, who spearheaded the effort with the UH System Office of Academic Planning and Policy. “They may have few or no friends at first, or could be discouraged by a bad grade on that first test. These are the types of stories that are real and shared in the video. We want our new students to know that they are not alone; it will get better as they stick with it, and there is help available.”

Starting in fall 2018, the video was shown in all of the English 100 classes and will be emailed to students. Lee got the idea after attending a national conference where she saw similar videos other colleges had produced.

Enrollment is down slightly

Honolulu Community College saw a slight drop in enrollment this semester, according to figures released last week by the UH system.

At the start of the semester, HonCC had 3,541 students or a drop of 0.6 percent from the previous fall. Kaua’i CC was the only community college to show an increase in enrollment (10.4 percent. All the other campuses had drops larger than the one at HonCC. Overall, there were 2.3 fewer students enrolled in the UH Community Colleges compared to the previous fall.

“Hawaiʻi needs a more educated workforce and citizenry, and we have to get more students enrolled, keep them in school and graduate them on time,” UH President David Lassner said.

Three campuses—UH Mānoa, UH West Oʻahu and Kauaʻi Community College—saw increases in enrollment while seven campuses—UH Hilo, Hawaiʻi CC, Leeward CC, Windward CC, Honolulu CC, UH Maui College and Kapiʻolani CC—saw decreases in enrollment.
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Watch a slide show from Hispanic Heritage day

Honolulu CC celebrated Hispanic Heritage month on campus Tuesday with a fiesta in the student lounge.
Free food, games and information were all part of the fun sponsored by the Student Activity Board.
According to the 2018 HonCC Fact Book, 44 students, or about 1.2 percent of the student body, at HonCC identify themselves as Hispanic.

Fishing workshops start Tuesday

The Hawaiian center will be hosting the first in a series of talks about common fishing practices in Hawai’i at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25.
Topics will include fish identification, which fish taste the best, Hawai’i fishing regulations and sustainable fishing practices to consider.