Success Stories

The Office for Institutional Effectiveness Grants Development Division was established to assist administrators, faculty and staff with developing competitive funding proposals to extramural sponsors.

Since 2006, the College raised over $50 million in extramural funds from sponsors in the federal and state governments, non-profit organizations, private foundations, and cooperative agreements with other higher education institutions.  These funds have made a significant impact on students, programs, facilities, faculty professional development, and the community.

Partnership with Palolo Homes Ohana Learning Center featured in AAC&U.

Impact on the Students

The federal government commits funding to boost community college graduation rates through areas such as job training and workforce development.  As college costs continue to rise, so does the need for financial support for students.  OFIE is working with programs to create new scholarships for talented students, including Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders in STEM fields.

Activities to enhance student engagement on campus

Stipends for students to complete degrees:


Impact on Faculty

Professional development opportunities, including research, publication, travel and conference grants greatly enhance the prestige of Kapiolani CC.    Faculty increase the visibility and reputation of Kapiolani CC by participating in national and local conferences, and publishing on their area of expertise.


Impact on Facilities

Newly renovated, state-of-the-art facilities inspire achievement, workplace efficiency, improve faculty retention, and enhance campus integrity.  OFIE has secured funding for the renovations of the Kahikoluamea First Year Experience, STEM Program, and Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Technology facilities through several federal grants.  Be sure to ask for a tour of newly renovated facilities during your next campus visit.


Impact on Programs 

Grant funds allow for the innovation of new ventures and learning opportunities for students.  Many federal and private sponsors support programs that are proven to be successful and beneficial to students and faculty alike.


Impact on the Community

Through partnerships with community organizations, non-profit groups, and other educational entities, Kapiolani CC can create broader impacts beyond the campus borders.  The Service-Learning Program and International Cafe campus groups are actively engaged in the surrounding community, making it a better place for everyone.  The Culinary Arts Department’s work on nutrition and healthy dieting has improved eating habits of children and adults in Hawaii.


Dissemination and Sharing of Best Practices

Many federal and private funders expect grant recipients to share results from sponsored activities.  Accordingly, OFIE supports principal investigators, project directors and project support staff in their dissemination efforts by identifying upcoming conferences, workshops and publication opportunities to share success stories and best practices of sponsored programs.


Highlights are posted to the OFIE newsflash section, KCC Bulletin, Kapio student newspaper, and targeted e-mail newsletter.  If you wish to be included in any of these correspondences, please e-mail us at


Recent Press Releases

Kapiolani CC’s Service-Learning Program’s HUD-funded partnership with Palolo Homes for the Palolo Ohana Learning Center was featured in an article published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of University Partnerships’ Diversity Works.


Kapiolani Community College Culinary Arts Program was highlighted in Aloha Care magazine for its successful work with the USDA-funded Eat A Rainbow project.  Project Director Ronald Takahashi and Education Specialist Daniel Leung offered anecdotes of the program’s success and positive impact on improving the nutrition and dietary habits of children.  Click here to read the full article entitled “Eat A Rainbow” in Aloha Care Magazine.


Kapiolani Community College Culinary Arts Department, as a member of the Children’s Healthy Living Program for Remote Underserved Minority Populations in the Pacific Region (CHIL) project, will be featured in a forthcoming press release scheduled for April 20th, 2011.  The CHIL partners will be awarded a total of $24.8 million in federal grant funds from the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area.  Click here to view an abstract of the CHIL project.




Symposiums, Workshops and Conferences

KCC hosted a three-day SENCER Symposium entitled Resources, Energy and Island Sustainability:  A STEM Teaching and Research Symposium on October 7-9, 2010.  Requests for conference material, including presentation slides and conference itinerary may be sent to Vannida at

Kapiolani CC presented its results for two HUD-funded projects at the Alaska Native / Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities and Tribal Colleges and Universities Program Conference (AN/NHIAC and TCUP Conference).  PI  Robert Franco (Director of the Office for Institutional Effectiveness), Carol Hoshiko (Dean, Community and Continuing Education), June Aono (Project Coordinator), and Melisa Orozco Vargas (Coordinator, Service Learning) shared their experiences establishing and managing a successful new partnership with the Kapahulu Center for the “Kapahulu Learning and Outreach Center” project.  Franco and Vargas also presented their best practices on “The Ohana Learning Center at Palolo Homes,” currently in its final stages.



Dr. Robert Franco’s (Director of the KCC Office for Institutional Effectiveness) article entitled “From Service to Science in the Energy-Climate Era” was published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.  Click here to download a printable version of the Diversity & Democracy Volume 13, Number 3, Fall 2010.


Share your success stories with us!  Please click on the “Contact” link at the top to send us a message about your successful grant application.