UHMC Greenhouse Tech, Food Innovation Certificate
The University of Hawaiʻi Maui College is offering a new training program for Native Hawaiian participants ages 18 and older who are interested in learning applied skills in both controlled environment agriculture and food innovation entrepreneurship.
Students will meet on-campus during evening hours to receive hands-on training in the classroom, aqua/hydroponics greenhouse lab, and in the commercial kitchen at the Maui Food Innovation Center.
The course will run from February 18 through June 12 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m., with additional lab time sign-ups to be scheduled on other days.
Through a grant-funded partnership with local nonprofit Hui No Ke Ola Pono, full tuition sponsorship (a $1,200 value) is being offered to Native Hawaiian participants, who will also participate in a cultural orientation starting on February 5, financial literacy training, and a 100-hour capstone/service learning project to earn the Certificate of Professional Development from UHMC.
“We are excited to sponsor the Greenhouse Technician & Food Innovation Certificate as one of four educational pathways providing entry-level credentials and innovative work-based learning experiences designed to empower Native Hawaiian students to serve in positions that improve community health and wellness,” said Melissa Hashimoto-Binkie, Director of Operations for Hui No Ke Ola Pono.
Other pathways sponsored by Hui No Ke Ola Pono this year through the partnership with UH Maui College include Dental Assisting & Front Office, Certified Nurse Aide, and Lomilomi (traditional Hawaiian massage healing) Certificates.
To reserve a seat or find out more information, contact [email protected] or (808) 984-3231. Space is limited and seats are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis for Native Hawaiian participants.