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Leeward Community College is a public, commuter community college adjacent to the in the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, on the island of Oʻahu. The 49-acre (200,000 m2) main campus also houses the temporary campus of the University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu. It is one of 10 branches of the University of Hawaiʻi system anchored by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Honolulu and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. As a community college, Leeward's open admissions policy only requires that a student be 18 years or older or earned a U.S. high school diploma or a GED (General Education Development) certificate.
The campus boasts the sculptures Among the Ruins by Satoru Abe (born 1926) and The Cat by Eli Marozzi (1913–1999). In addition to its main campus in Pearl City, Leeward Community College runs the Waiʻanae Education Center in Waiʻanae.
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Leeward Community College offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs ranging from career training to liberal arts. Free tutoring, at Leeward CC's Learning Resource Center, and job placement assistance are focused on helping students reach their educational goals. The student faculty ratio is 20 to 1.
Of Leeward students, 64% are majoring in Liberal Arts, pursuing a two-year Associate Degree, or preparing to transfer to a four-year institution. 29% are Career and Technical Education students, pursuing degrees or certificates in preparation for immediate employment.(Leeward Community College Catalog 2007, p. 6)
In addition to a comprehensive liberal arts offering, Leeward offers programs in accounting, business, automotive technology, e-commerce, education, management, culinary arts, digital media, human services, information and computer science and television production.(Leeward Community College Catalog 2007, p. 17)
In December 2007, Governor Linda Lingle released $144,000 for the design and $1,335,000 for the construction of temporary facilities for a nursing program at Leeward Community College. Construction was scheduled to be completed in September 2008.
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