Working with compassion, integrity, and in a spirit of excellence, EDvance the office of continuing education & training provides lifelong opportunities for professional development and personal growth in our local and global community.
Jessica Yamamoto, Director of EDvance
Hawai'i Community College Office of Continuing Education & Training provides lifelong learning opportunities to all ages by ofering Courses and programs that include non-credit courses, workshops, and customized training for businesses and industries, workforce training and other activities to enhance local economic development efforts. We offer programs designed to inspire and promote engagement both on campus and in our communities, which supports local workforce needs. We work with employers who seek help adapting to change. We also take requests from their employees, students and parents, the un-employed, self-employed, retirees, and the workforce in general.
We strive to address your challenges by developing classes or programs that are designed to meet the needs of your business, education pathway, change in workforce or employment goals. We offer customized options for any group of six or more. Thanks to our network of experts and instructors, we can build a non-credit class to fit your needs. We also meet your geographic needs, including bringing the class to your workplace. Keiki, ages 5 to 18, can choose from a variety of hands-on courses or academic enrichment programs during spring and summer break. In the next several months we are redesigning the way we provide services, undergoing a name change, and launching a new website. We are committed to listen to your input as we shape the new site and expand our support. What matters most is that we serve you better by keeping you up to date and engaged with what is happening. Sign up for our newsletters and continue to check our website.
We look forward to working with you!
Meet Our Super Heroes
- Esther (Estee) Nathanson has been with HAWCC since 2008. As a Operations Manager she’s passionate about providing lifelong learning opportunities for the Hawai`i Island community and enjoys supporting that endeavor however best she can. With a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from the University of Iowa, she views her position as both an art and a science.
- Tiana Hirota was born and raised on Hawaii Island who was part of the first graduating class from Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Campus. Tiana received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA and a graduate of University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Shidler College of Business where she obtained her Master’s degree in Business Administration in 2014.
Lead Program Coordinator
- Christine Kehaulani Quintana, Associate Professor for the UH System since 1999. She supports international students by providing immigration, advising, and counseling. She has a Master’s in Education from Central Michigan University, a University of Hawai’i at Hilo graduate and a BA in Psychology. She serves as treasurer on the Native Hawaiian Education Association, which supports the education of Native Hawaiian children. She is also on the Study Hawai‘i board, which promotes Hawai’i as an international study destination.
Coordinator - Office of International Programs
- Eri is from Kamakura city, Japan. She went abroad and joined a host family program when she was 14 years old and from there she made a goal to be able to speak English fluently. She graduated from an American college in Japan with a Liberal Arts degree and transferred to the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. While she was studying there, she took advantage of the National Exchange Program and studied at Oregon State University for a year. She interned and volunteered at the International Student office during her college life. She earned a BA in Anthropology and worked in New York for a year with an OPT (Optional Practical Program).
Assistant Coordinator - Office of International Programs