Community Engagement

OFIE & Service-Learning

The Office for Institutional Effectiveness, in partnership with KCC Service-Learning is a leader in advancing programs and innovations that stimulate civic engagement within the College student body with its community partners.  The College is currently receiving federal funding from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department for partnerships in Palolo Homes and the Kapahulu Center.

KCC Service-Learning previously received funding from the Community College National Center for Community Engagement (CCNCCE) to support its civic engagement endeavors.


Recent news and updates

OFIE Director Bob Franco recognized as national beacon by EPSCoR

Palolo Ohana Learning Center article published in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of University Partnerships newsletter entitled Diversity Works.

AAC&U selected to receive National Endowment for the Humanities grant

OFIE Director Robert Franco featured in CCNCCE’s Beacons newsletter for contributions to civic engagement (November 2011).

Melisa Orozco Vargas, Service-Learning Outreach Coordinator, has been been selected and fully-funded to attend an intensive Community Development Training provided by Neighborworks America.(dates, session she’ll attend).

Krista Hiser will be serving as Service-Learning Faculty Coordinator for AY 2011-12. She will be working faculty to integrate Sustainability-Learning into Service-Learning’s health, education, environmental, bridging generations, arts and history, and international perspectives pathways.

Fran Acoba, current Service-Learning Faculty Coordinator, is leading the completion of one cycle of student learning outcomes assessment using service-learning capstone essays and assessment rubrics collaboratively developed by lead faculty and staff. Fran will continue this work through the fall for inclusion in Self Study Standard II.

Service Learning SLO’s AY2010-2011

Service-Learning Student Learning Outcomes Assessment 2010-2011

Service-Learning Rating Sheet

Service-Learning Prompt for 2010-2011


Useful Documents

From Service to Science in the Energy-Climate Era (article) by Robert Franco

S-L Course Matrix (pdf)


Community Engagement Events 

AAC&U Designs for Learning workshop (July 20, 2011)

Click here to view a list of Community Engagement efforts facilitated/led by OFIE.



Robert Franco, Phd.
Director, Office for Institutional Effectiveness
Director, Service-Learning

Melisa Orozco-Vargas
Service-Learning Coordinator
(808) 734-9503


Faculty Partners:  

Judith Kirkpatrick

Ulla Hasager

Krista Hiser

Fran Acoba


Support Staff: 

Claudia Martinez