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2014 Legislative Testimony by the Chancellor relating to international flight training center and aeronautical training programs

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Testimony Presented Before the
Senate Committee on Higher Education
February 6, 2014 at 2:45 p.m.
by
Donald O. Straney
Chancellor, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

SB 3092 – RELATING TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Chair Taniguchi, Vice Chair Kahele and Members of the Committee:

My name is Donald Straney, Chancellor of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. We support SB 3092 that appropriates funds for a program coordinator and technical support staff member to complete the necessary planning required for an international flight training center and associated aeronautical training programs at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College.

Following the approval of SB 1221 in 2013, we engaged a program coordinator to complete the necessary studies and planning for the programs’ implementation.

Based on his research, he wrote two Authorization to Plan (ATP) documents to support the implementation of SB 1221. These ATP are in the final process of revision before being forwarded to the University of Hawaiʻi Council of Chief Academic Officers. (CCAO)

This program will prepare students for this high level of academic and practical training. This proposal will help address the future needs of our island economy. UH Hilo views our
partnership and collaboration with Hawaiʻi Community College and other community college campuses as an important component in being able to successfully provide higher education and career options to the people of our Hawaiʻi Island. This program will also attract foreign students and provide a positive economic impact on the State of Hawaiʻi and the University of Hawaiʻi University system

We support SB 3092 provided that its passage does not replace or adversely impact priorities in our BOR approved budget.

Thank you for the opportunity to testify on SB 3092. Aloha.

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Chancellor’s testimony on this topic to Senate and House committees:

SB 3092 RELATING TO HIGHER EDUCATION February 6, 2014
SB 3092 SD1 February 20, 2014
SB 3092 SD2 March 18, 2014
HB 1967 RELATING TO HIGHER EDUCATION January 30, 2014
HB 1967 HD1 February 21, 2014

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