Friday, March 5, 2010

Nānā I Ka Lani Summer Environmental Science Program at LCC-Waianae for Graduating Waianae and Nanakuli HS Seniors

This program, taught by a team of three LCC-Wai`anae instructors, seeks to introduce students to the environment of the Hawaiian Islands and the factors that endanger Hawaii’s unique ecosystems. Students will examine the biological, botanical, chemical, geological, meteorological, oceanographic, and physics-related aspects of the Hawaiian Islands. Hands-on exercises and fieldwork in local sites, including building and monitoring two weather stations in the Lualualei Valley, will be emphasized. Science concepts will also be presented from the Hawaiian cultural perspective to help students understand the interrelatedness of science practiced by Western cultures and science practiced by Native Hawaiians, with a significant focus on principles of and approaches to sustainability. Mathematical concepts will be integrated to help students understand the application of math to science, especially in the area of weather data collection and analysis.

Students who successfully complete this program will receive four college credits. In addition, students will receive support services from LCC-W staff to help them make the transition from high school to community college. Students will be able to register early for their classes in the fall and get to know LCC-W students, staff and faculty.


Nana I Ka Lani Summer Environmental Science Program will begin on Monday June 14th. It meets for 8 weeks on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 12:00-4:30PM. The program ends on Thursday August 5th.


This program is offered tuition-free to eligible students. Students will be required to purchase their textbooks.


v Preference will be given to Wai`anae or Nānākuli high school graduating seniors who meet the following criteria:

1. Strongly motivated to go to college

2. High school GPA of 2.0 or better

3. COMPASS placement in at least MATH 22 and ENG 21

4. Represent a positive role model to the Wai`anae Coast communities


· Apply at LCC, complete FAFSA, complete COMPASS placement testing

· Gather and submit all application documents by May 14th.

· Attend the program information session on May 19th.

· Applicants will be notified on May 28th of acceptance.

· Class starts on Monday June 14th.

· Program is limited to 25 students.

CONTACT: Interested students or their parents can pick up application materials at Leeward Community College-Wai`anae. Our hours are Monday-Thursday 8:00-9:00, Friday 8:00-7:30, and Saturday 8:00-3:00. Application materials can also be obtained on the LCC-Waianae website at

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