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Home > About > In the News > Students benefit from free workshops

Students benefit from free workshops
by Joe Solima

Kapio (Newspaper of Kapiolani Community College)
Issue Date 10/14/2008 Section News
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SOS usually means “help” or “distress.” If you feel you need help or if you’re in distress, then possibly the SOS Workshops can rescue you.

All Secret of Success workshops are free and open to all KCC students. Its purpose is to provide students the skills and resources to get through college. These workshops give students a chance to interact with some of the best instructors on campus.

“The Queen’s motto is ‘Strive for the Highest.’ This is what we try to do on a daily basis,” said Guy Inaba, SOS coordinator.

“The SOS program has been around more than a decade,” said health sciences professor Sally A. Pestana.

The original series, which was started by a small faculty committee (with Pestana as the SOS coordinator at the time), was called “Get Better Grades.”

“We had attended a faculty professional development workshop based around a student textbook called ‘Methods of Inquiry,’” said Pestana.

At that time, the workshops were based directly on the material of the text.

“As my responsibilities increased in other areas, I gradually stepped aside from the coordination, and then finally from the presentation,” said Pestana.

Gail Harada, an English professor, replaced Pestana as SOS coordinator until July 2002. Then Inaba took over and has been the current coordinator for the past six years.

The SOS program is currently under the umbrella of the Library and Learning Resources – Reference Department.

More than 30 workshops on various topics are conducted each semester and between eight and 12 throughout the summer. The summer workshops are an abridged version that was introduced this year. More than 500 students participate in the various workshops throughout the academic year.

The schedule for the workshops can be picked up at ‘Iliahi 126 (Cybernesia) or in the library.

“According to the long term stats, Time Management, Communication Skills, Textbook Reading Skills, Improving Your Vocabulary, and Learning Styles are the most popular (workshops),” said Inaba.

Xiaowen Shi, a KCC computer science major, and Moana Maida, a liberal arts major, attended a recent SOS workshop on time management.

Tomomi Nakamura, who’s majoring in travel and tourism, attended a workshop for “How To Survive An Online Course.”

All three students agreed that they benefited from the workshop and said it was helpful and useful.

Another student, Gary Johnson, majoring both in travel and tourism and hospitality, who attended his first SOS workshop, “Text Book Reading Strategies,” strongly recommends that other KCC students sign up for SOS workshops.

“If you don’t,” Johnson said, “you will lose.”

All four students found out about the SOS Workshops from a schedule either at the library or Cybernesia.

Even though all would have liked the workshops to have been longer, they were all enthusiastic about attending upcoming workshops.

“The original series, ‘Get Better Grades,’ was hugely successful from the beginning,” said Pestana.
Added Inaba, “And now after a decade of SOS Workshops, it still continues to be very successfull because of the impact that it has made with the students that have attended the various workshops over the years.”

About SOS

» For more information, contact Guy Inaba, SOS Coordinator, at inaba@hawaii.edu or 732-9206 or visit http://library.kcc.hawaii.edu/SOS

October SOS Workshops (Current Workshops)

• “Improve Your Vocabulary” by Mavis Hara, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Oct. 15, Lama 116
• “Self Improvement” by Gemma Williams, noon-1:30 p.m., Oct. 20, Ilima 202 A
• “Improve Your Grammar” by Gail Harada, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Oct. 22, Lama 116
• “Internet Searching” by Guy Inaba, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Oct. 23, Lama 116
• “Introduction to a Foreign Language” by Shawn Ford, 1:45-2:45 p.m., Oct. 27, Lama 116
• “Microsoft Excel Basics” by David Cabatu, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Oct. 28, Iliahi 126
• “Laulima for Students” by Joy Shirokane and Cheryll Aldridge, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Oct. 30, Lama 116

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