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Program trains nonprofit heads

The continuing-education program at Hawaii Community College will begin a new series of classes in September leading to a management certificate for those who oversee nonprofit agencies.

A session completed earlier this summer certified executives at the following community agencies: Algood Consulting, The Arc of Kona, American Cancer Society Hawaii Island, county Coordinated Services for the Elderly, East Hawaii Cultural Center, Five Mountains Hawaii, Hawaii Learning Resource, Hawaii Pacific Parks Association, Hilo Hamakua Community Development Corp., Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center, North Kohala Community Resource Center, Pacific Tsunami Museum, Paulele Ministry, Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center, Roots Advocates for Youth, The Rama Tree, Shekinah Glory Handyman Service, West Hawaii Mediation Center and Youth Horizons Hawaii.

“We are proud to recognize the accomplishments of our students and look forward to the benefits we will see in the community,” said Estee Nathanson, coordinator of the HCC Office of Continuing Education and Training (OCET).

After successful completion of eight monthly modules, students are presented with a “Certificate in Professional Development for Not-for-Profit Management.” For more information, about this program, please call Nathanson at 934-2693, or contact her via e-mail at

This noncredit certificate program covers fundamental management skills and is designed to broaden and deepen management knowledge and expertise. The course benefits new or aspiring executive directors of small to mid-sized not-for-profit organizations, staff, board members, volunteers and certain management staff members of larger not-for-profit organizations.

The program was created when Kapiolani Community College on Oahu formed a committee in 2002 that served as a public/private partnership of community leaders. The goal is to improve management, and, thus, service to communities by training leaders and key staff members. In the end, the goal of this program is to strengthen the not-for-profit sector collectively, so that Hawaii benefits from a group of leaders who understand the wider issues involving the voluntary sector’s role and importance to the community. Hawaii Community College is the only campus in the state that is currently offering the certificate.

“Hawaii Community College would like to extend sincere gratitude for the dedication of the program’s instructors. Experts in their fields, the presenters brought the curriculum to life by incorporating their expertise and sharing their personal experiences,” said Nathanson.

This group included Allen M. Arakaki, Kim and Andrew Arakawa, Jeanine Atebara, Alfred L. Castle, Newton Chu and Vaughn Cook, Lorraine Davis, Thomas DeWitt, David Earles, Helen Hemmes, Brenda Ho and An Umamoto, Julie Hugo, Glenn Santos, Christine Valles and Mike Vaspar.

Graduates of the recent course are Vicki Linter, Robin Coonen, Holly Algood, Thomas Manago, Elaine Lyons, Kimberly Lepold, Margaret Horwatt, Robin Mullin, Maile Lincoln, Marlene Murray, Robyn Skudlarek, Toni Stylos, Julie Mitchell, Janie Chandler-Edmondson, Jun Ishimine, Donna Johnson-Elayyan and Rynae Malia Mendes.


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