Leeward Community College
About Leeward Community College
Leeward Community College is located in Pearl City, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu. Pearl City is located along the north shore of Pearl Harbor, less than fifteen miles from the capital city of Honolulu. The island of Oahu is the heart of Hawaii's cultural and art scene. The Honolulu Symphony is the oldest symphony orchestra west of the Rocky Mountains. Other classical music ensembles include the Hawaii Opera Theatre. Honolulu is also a center for Hawaiian music. In addition, the area offers several venues for live theater, plus various institutions for the advancement of the visual arts. The Honolulu Academy of Arts exhibits the largest collection of Asian and Western art in Hawaii. The Contemporary Museum is the only contemporary art museum in the state. The Hawaii State Art Museum boasts a collection of art pieces created by local artists as well as traditional Hawaiian art. The area also hosts many annual festivals and events, including Native Hawaiian, cultural, music, and community festivals.
LCC is a two-year public institution accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The school opened its doors in the fall of 1968 as part of the University of Hawaii system. In the spring of 1969, the college moved to its current location, on forty-nine acres near the geographic center of Oahu between Pearl City and Waipahu. Approximately 6,000 students are regularly enrolled each semester in liberal arts and career and technical educational programs offered on campus, at off-campus locations in the community, and through distance education courses.
Leeward¡¦s television production program is designed to give students the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the television production profession. The Certificate of Completion Level I courses and program can be completed in as little as one semester. Required courses include film and video production process and business operations, digital camera operation, composition and lighting principles, audio and video engineering, film and video audio acquisition and recording, and digital editing principles. The Certificate of Achievement program adds Level II TVPro classes to the Certificate of Completion and can be completed in as few as two semesters. It requires additional courses in applied film and video digital editing and post-production audio, film and television graphics, a practicum course and internship, history, criticism, ethics and aesthetics in film and video, and either storytelling and scriptwriting or media talent development, directing and performance. The AS degree adds yet another Level III of TVPro courses to the Certificate of Achievement program and requires completion of general education courses as well. The AS degree can be completed in three or four semesters. It requires completion of both storytelling and scriptwriting and media talent development courses, plus additional courses in advanced digital cinematography, advanced film and video digital editing and post-production, film and video directing, a capstone project practicum, and an additional practicum and internship.
Leeward's Office of Financial Aid exists to provide financial resources to students who would otherwise be unable to pursue their educational and professional goals. Through college, federal, state and other organizations, the office coordinates all financial aid programs to ensure fairness and consistency in the awarding of funds, timeliness in the delivery of funds and making the most efficient use of available funding. In addition, Leeward offers a free service to new and returning students called Scholarship Manager. It is a Web site intended to help students search for scholarships and manage the scholarships the system returns. The student simply creates a profile, and the system searches the scholarship database and returns a list of scholarships that fit the profile. From this list, students can access the necessary applications and criteria for each scholarship.