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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 8:18 a.m., Friday, December 21, 2007

Kapiolani CC developing cruise-ship training program

Advertiser Staff

HONOLULU — The Rural Development Project has awarded a grant totaling $174,942 to Kapi'olani Community College to create an education program with an emphasis on the cruise industry and to work in partnership with NCL America to develop a customized training program for their Hawai'i ships.

Kapi'olani CC will have the opportunity to share their expertise in training to assist NCLA with assessing and upgrading their current new hire training program, as well as providing training that will not only help to enhance employee skills, but also increase their knowledge of the islands. NCLA will also provide their industry expertise and work in partnership with Kapi'olani CC as they begin to develop a "Certificate of Competence" with an emphasis in the cruise industry.

Kapi'olani CC Dean of Hospitality, Culinary and College Advancement Carol Hoshiko said, "We are very proud of this grant and especially pleased to have the opportunity to work with an organization such as NCLA. This partnership with NCLA reaffirms the community's recognition of our faculty and the valued service in providing not only a quality education for students, but also for the business community through our expertise in training, continued learning and development."

"We look forward to collaborating with Kapi'olani CC and sharing our knowledge of the industry to help develop a cruise education emphasis," said Alan Yamamoto, NCL America vice president, Hawai'i Operations. "We recognize Kapi'olani CC's strengths to assist us in providing training and workforce development for our crew. NCLA is proud to employ thousands of crew members aboard our U.S. flag fleet in Hawai'i. We are hopeful that the partnership with Kapi'olani CC will help us provide future career opportunities in the cruise industry in Hawai'i."