Learning

The Wai`anae Health Academy

Ke Ola Loa Ka Na`auao (Lifelong Learning)

In 1992, the Wai`anae Health Academy (WHA) was founded in response to a request from the WCCHC Board of Directors that the Health Center provide training opportunities in the community for the Wai`anae Coast residents. For over two decades, and with over 3500 participants served, the WHA is still fully committed to providing community residents with education and training in the healthcare field and while bringing to life the concept, "To grow our own Healers".

Since that time, the WHA has been providing health career certificate programs such as Nurse Aide, Medical Assisting, Practical Nursing, Community Health Worker, Phlebotomy, Dental Assisting, Medical Reception, Medical Coding, Pharmacy Technician, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Plant Landscaping, Agricultural Technology, and Pre-Health/Bridge courses. The Wai`anae Health Academy also offers comprehensive Haumana Kōkua (student support services) to assist those entering WHA as participants and to support their success in the programs they enroll. This service includes assistance in completing the WHA application process, applying for financial scholarships, awards and financial aid, and having access to an assigned Education Specialist who is available to help the student find resources which address other barriers to education. Please contact the mainline (808) 697-3215 for upcoming program offerings for Fall 2012/Spring 2013.

In 2010-2011, 42% of students were the first in their family to attend college. Over the last ten years, 1200 students have received vocational certificates. Presently 84% of Graduates are either employed or continuing their education.

Amy Asam
Ho`olōkahi Education Director
email: aasam@wcchc.com

Ernestine Belaski
Education Specialist
ph: (808) 697-3216
email: ebelaski@wcchc.com

The Wai`anae Health Academy is located at:
86-088 Farrington Hwy, Suite 202
Wai`anae, HI 96792
The phone number is: (808) 697-3215

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