Gomes has been interim director at NHERC since January 2006, presiding over a period of rapid growth for the educational outreach facility, which offers credit and non-credit courses from UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College. In addition, NHERC serves as a community center and a meeting place.
“People in North Hawai‘i have been waiting for the educational service that NHERC provides for a long time,” said Gomes, a Paauilo native who lives in Waimea. “The rising price of fuel plus the distance to Hilo have made our mission to bring higher education to North Hawai‘i even more important.”
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