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NHERC Community Education Classes – Summer Session 2015

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Date: Monday, April 27, 2015
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo North Hawai'i Education and Research Center (NHERC) offers a variety of community education classes beginning in June. All classes will be held at the Center, located at 45-539 Plumeria Street in Honoka`a.

Japanese for Everyone with Issei Seiichi Kaida is an introductory class in Japanese language that also covers Japanese history, culture, customs, and ways of thinking. Classes will be held Wednesdays from 6 – 8 p.m., June 3 - August 5. Tuition is $100.

Graphic Designer Kellie Miyazu covers everything from the basics to composing dynamic and active compositions and creating a personal portfolio in Introduction to Drawing and Painting. Classes are held each Saturday from 9 a.m. – noon, June 6 – August 1 (except July 4). Art supplies are included in the $140 tuition.

Instructor Jeani Navaro brings over 30 years of grant writing experience to Basic Grant Writing. This introductory course teaches participants how to write a compelling statement of need and what funders are looking for in grant proposals. The one-day workshop will be held from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 13. Tuition is $75.

Instructors Jeani Navarro, Dr. Jan Brencick and Cecilia Adams will co-teach a Personal Caregiver Training Certification Course covering the history of the caregiver profession that provides current training in key areas like health and safety, personal care, use of equipment and body mechanics. The comprehensive course is designed for those working as personal assistants or direct service workers with special needs youth and adults, and meets Hawai’i Department of Health Standards for Staff Training. Classes will be held Saturdays from 9 am-3 pm, June 20 – August 1 (except July 4). Tuition is $150.

Electrician and experienced solar installer James Wells will teach participants how to design their own solar electric system for their home or farm in Introduction to Photovoltaic Design and Engineering. The course also covers basic electricity and safety standards, national electric codes, and includes a certificate upon completion. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 – 8 p.m., July 7 – August 27. Tuition is $150.

Advanced Grant Writing with Jeani Navarro builds on the skills learned in Basic Grant Writing by providing a more in-depth understanding of the criteria funders use to fund or reject a proposal. Participants who bring a grant proposal draft will receive individualized editing assistance prior to submission. The one-day workshop will be held on Saturday, July 11, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuition is $75.

For more information or to register, call 775-8890, email, or email program coordinator Ramona Herlihy,

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