Classes Focus On Green Jobs

The Hawaii Green Collar Institute (HGCI) will conduct two summer courses designed to offer hands-on experiences for Leeward Oahu high school and college students, as well as high school teachers.

In “Environment & Ecology” (Biology 124), to be held at Leeward Community College’s Waianae campus, college students will learn about global and local environmental issues. The course examines the interrelationships between organisms and their environment, with an emphasis on the impact of humans on the planet. In addition to lectures, students also will participate in field trips to green work sites. HGCI will pay for two of the course’s three credits. Classes begin May 21.

The second course pairs high school teachers with a high school student of their choice for a workshop June 5-8 based at Kapolei High School. The workshop links environmental issues to green jobs and STEM education. Each pair of students and teachers will leave with a small-scale aquaponics kit that can be used in the classroom for the next school year. Fees are $40 per teacher and $20 per student.

The application deadline for both of the classes is May 4.

HGCI is an educational partnership between the Malama Learning Center and Leeward Community College’s Halau ‘Ike O Pu’uloa.

For more information about these courses, visit, email or call 692-8200, ext. 2267.