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Date: Monday, June 21, 2004
Contact: Dr. Margaret Haig, (808) 974-7664

For Immediate Release

UH Hilo extends outreach in new “senior colleges” program

Established under a grant to start outreach centers, the University of Hawaii at Hilo , College of Continuing Education and Community Services, offers off-campus continuing education opportunities for adult learners over 45 years of age. Senior Colleges is slated to start in four geographic locations of the Big Island:

West (Kailua Kona, Kohala, Hawi, Waikoloa)
South (Puna, Pahoa, Mountain View, Volcano, Naalehu, Ocean View)
North (Honoka`a, Waimea, Hamakua Coast)
East (Hilo and environs)

“The first step, and what we want people to know about now, is we are hiring part-time coordinators,” said Margaret Haig, the principal investigator of the grant. “The positions are for 19 hours a week, for 48 weeks, and people will work in communities in the four areas: north; south; east and west.”

Hiring committees are being set up, with representatives of the community, public and private agencies and partners with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes. “The four coordinators should be on-board by the end of the summer, with classes, seminars, and programs scheduled in the Senior Colleges in the fall,” Haig noted.

The Senior Colleges is patterned after university outreach programs in Maine, serving rural communities with large geographic distances and little transportation. The outreach coordinators are tasked with starting programs in local communities, extending the reach and services of UH Hilo. The rural populations being served are a combination of long-time residents and retirees. “Increasingly, Hawai`i is becoming a popular retirement location, with a unique quality of life and an environment which offers pristine living,” explained Haig.

The outreach centers are funded under a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation from California. The grant is annually renewable for three years. The Bernard Osher Foundation is dedicated to the concept that lifelong learning and intellectual stimulation contributes to the quality of life for senior citizens. UH Hilo is one of 41 universities to receive the grant.

Those interested in applying for the part-time positions should go to the RCUH Web site, www.rcuh.com, and apply online. If anyone has questions regarding the hiring process, call the CCECS Office at (808) 974-7664.


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