A Message from the Chancellor
It is my privilege to welcome you to the Leeward Community College 'ohana. The College extends its aloha and kōkua to each and every one of our new and returning students. For over fifty years, Leeward has served students like you, throughout O'ahu and our entire State, by providing the strong foundation necessary to fulfill your academic and career goals.
We proudly reflect on the unique character of the local Leeward community, among the most diverse regions in the United States. This past fall, over 6,400 credit students were served, 69% of which were Asian and/or Pacific Islanders, with over 28% of the entire student body being of Native Hawaiian descent. Over 500 of our students were active duty veterans or their dependents, and we remain committed to serving those who serve Hawai'i and our nation.
We offer an array of paths to higher education and workforce training, including 85 academic credentials in career and transfer degree programs, in addition to numerous non-credit workforce development courses and certificate programs.
As a community college graduate, I can speak from firsthand experience about the value of committed faculty and staff. At Leeward, those who support, empower, and guide students also enable them to strengthen skills, generate confidence, and clarify their path toward a more rewarding life and career.
Mahalo for letting us be a part of your plan to define, or redefine, your life as you embark on your next adventure toward academic and professional success.
I wish you a rewarding experience while you are with us at Leeward Community College, and I also wish you much success with the achievement of your goals and dreams in the years ahead.
Carlos G. Peñaloza, Ph.D | Chancellor
Leeward Community College