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University of Hawaii Maui College

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University of Hawaii Maui College serves the educational needs of residents of the three islands comprising Maui County: Molokai, Lana'i, and Maui.

The College is an outgrowth of the Maui Vocational School established in 1931. In 1958 the Department of Public Instruction authorized the name change to Maui Technical School, denoting an upgrade of vocational education to a technical level. In 1964, the Hawai'i State Legislature enacted the Community College Act establishing a statewide community college system under the University of Hawai'i. Maui Technical School was incorporated into this system on July 1, 1965, and transferred from jurisdiction of the Department of Education to the University of Hawai'i.

In 1966, the Board of Regents of the University of Hawai'i authorized the College to confer the Associate in Arts and the Associate in Science degrees and approved the name change to Maui Community College, effective July 1, 1966. In September 1967, the first lower division transfer courses were offered. Up until 2009 Maui Community College was one of seven community colleges in the University of Hawai'i System and part of a ten campus University of Hawai'i System. In Spring of 2010, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accreditation Board approved the name change from Maui Community College to University of Hawaii Maui College. The name change provides a more accurate reflection of the college's three baccalaureate degrees.

Maui College networked faculty to terminals connected to a DEC VAX Computer and established the first higher education cable television channel delivering instruction to its tri-isle service area in 1983. By 1988, the college constructed a tri-isle interactive television system. With the completion of Ka'a'ike Instructional Telecommunications facility in 2001, Maui College opened its television and audio studios, digital media and electronic and computer engineering technology labs, and seven interactive TV classrooms. The college additionally began a National Center of Excellence for High Performance Computing applying personal computer cluster solutions to problems requiring high speed processing.

In Fall 2003, Maui College opened its culinary arts facility and began it Maui Oral Health Center in Kahului. In the summer of 2005, the World Hula Conference and, in summer of 2006, the IX Islands of the World Conference will be held on campus and on Maui.

Apartment style housing is available for Maui County students who are not within commuting distance to the Kahului campus. Since 1995 five new classroom and computer lab supporting buildings have been added to the campus: Ka Lama, Ka'a'ike, Kupa'a, Laulima, and Pa'ina. A new 400-bed student housing apartment complex reached completion in 2007 and is located within a mile of the campus.

The College encompasses 78 acres at the Kahului site. The student enrollment for the college numbered close to 4,400 students in Spring 2011.