Hawaiʻi Pacific, Kapiʻolani Community College sign articulation agreement for TESOL students

June 14, 2013

Kapiʻolani Community College Chancellor Leon Richards and Hawai'i Pacific University President Geoffrey Bannister sign an agreement Friday between the two institutions that will make it easier for KCC graduates to move into the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) bachelor’s degree program at HPU.
HONOLULU – Leaders from Hawaiʻi Pacific University and Kapiʻolani Community College signed an agreement today that will make it easier for students to move from community college studies to a four-year HPU degree program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
While the agreement is specific to the TESOL program, it opens the door for other potential agreements between the two campuses. The agreement was signed by the respective leaders of each institution, HPU President Geoffrey Bannister and KCC Chancellor Leon Richards.
“Graduates from HPU’s TESOL program are prominent within this profession, around the Pacific Rim and Asia and beyond,” said Charles Boyer, chair of the HPU Dept. of Languages and Applied Linguistics, noting a program brochure featuring graduates working in Japan, Myanmar, Korea and Egypt. “By making the path to our program clearer and easier to navigate for KCC students, we hope to increase their success and ours in meeting the growing challenges of English language acquisition for students in Hawaiʻi, on the mainland and in nations with whom we have increasing economic, cultural and educational interaction.”
HPU TESOL faculty have language teaching experience in China, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guatemala, Japan, Korea, the Marshall Islands, Romania, Russia and Vietnam, in addition to Hawaiʻi, said Jean Kirschenmann, chair of the HPU TESOL bachelor’s degree program. In addition to the four-year degree, HPU offers a post-baccalaureate certificate, and master’s degree in TESOL.
“Our bachelor’s degree students have assisted their professors in running international group programs, developing language teaching materials, conducting research, publishing and presenting at professional conferences and more,” said Kirschenmann. “The opportunities for KCC graduates within this program are rich and diverse.”
KCC is the largest of the seven campuses in the University of Hawaiʻi community college system. It is home to the Culinary Institute of the Pacific and programs in business, hospitality, health, legal education and arts and sciences.
HPU has nearly 100 articulation agreements with domestic and international campuses, including one that facilitates easy transition between KCC’s Health Sciences and Emergency Medical Services program to HPU’s Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program. Community college transfer students make up a growing part of the student body for HPU:  For each of the past three years, transfer students have accounted for about 400 members of the HPU student body.