The news is this—if you receive the VITEC catalog of continuing education classes in the mail, get ready for a great change.
Because VITEC has grown tremendously since it was founded 22 years ago, the institute began a search to find a new name that would encompass its expanded offerings. Last January, a “Rename VITEC” contest was launched to Maui’s residents that yielded many great suggestions. Through a lengthy selection process, the name “EdVenture” rose like a phoenix. This winning name was submitted by an anonymous entrant who donated the grand prize award of $200 in class credit towards the College for Kids Scholarship fund.
“EdVenture was chosen for many reasons,” said Sue Feltz, business coordinator for EdVenture. “It illustrates excitement and energy. It is a play on words that combines ‘education’ and ‘adventure’ with references to ‘ventures,’ whether they be business related or personal goals.”
A compass themed in an adventurous spirit represents EdVenture’s new logo.
“We are also adopting a treasure chest that will be used to further promote the hundreds of classes and programs we offer,” said Dr. Lori Teragawachi, director of the Office of Continuing Education & Training. “After all, education is a treasure we keep forever.”
EdVenture is a division of OCET housed in the Laulima Building on the main campus in Kahului.
“Our goal is to offer the community educational adventures that assist in finding new careers, enhancing work-related business skills, or to simply have fun,” explained Peggy Kelley, program coordinator. “We strive to create a high-quality and comfortable learning environment for everyone.”
Thousands of Maui’s residents, businesses and international visitors have been utilizing the wealth of classes and programs since VITEC (Vital and Innovative Technology Development and Education Center) began in 1989. Because founder Dr. Lois Greenwood emphasized business and education partnerships, received the support of Chancellor Dr. Clyde Sakamoto and generous founding donations from Charles Sweeney, president of Landmark Hotels Group and manager of the Mākena Beach & Golf Resort, the program has achieved great success.
Look for the new EdVentures catalog of classes in your mailboxes by the middle of August. To register for classes, call 984-3231 or visit EdVentureMaui.com for more information.