Hawaii Community College

200 W. Kawili Street, Hilo, HI 96720
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 934-2500
Accrediting Agency:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Hawaii Community College in Hilo, Hawaii, was established in1941 as the Hawaii Vocational School, and was renamed the Hawaii Technical School in 1956. It joined the University of Hawaii System as a community college in 1970. Hawaii Community College began offering continuing education programs in 1992. The University of Hawaii System comprises 10 campuses serving 60,330 students. Hawaii Community College serves 3,917 students and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Programs Offered

Hawaii Community College prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution through associate degree and certificate programs. The institution offers curriculum in several areas, including agriculture, architecture, engineering & CAD technologies, carpentry, electrical installation & maintenance technology, auto body repair & painting, business education & technology, culinary arts, botany, fire science, and human services. Hawaii Community College also offers nursing and allied health training. Hawaii Community College offers online courses through its Office of Continuing Education & Training. Online course work HCC offers includes a medical reimbursement specialist program, health information technology workforce development program, plantation forestry technician program, paralegal certificate course, and forklift safety training program.


Hawaii Community College has been accredited by the Western Association of Colleges and Schools since 1973.


Admissions to Hawaii Community College requires prospective students to submit a UH System Application and a $25 non-resident application fee if the applicant is not a resident of Hawaii. Prospective students must also take the College COMPASS Placement Test and complete the online New Student Orientation. If the student is coming from another college or university, he/she may apply for transfer credit through the Records Office. For all general applicants, the deadline for fall admissions is Aug. 1; the deadline for spring admissions is Dec. 1.


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