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EdVenture II

The continuing adventures of education in paradise.

August 18, 2011
Debra Lordan
Editor/General Manager

Many of us must have enjoyed at least one of these courses in the last 22 years of its existence. Last year alone, the institute offered 473 classes with 3,567 enrollments, and this year, they are on track with over 2,341 enrollments thus far.

“It is so exciting to see the program continue to grow, innovate and adapt to the new market demands,” said Dr. Lois Greenwood, the retired founder of VITEC.

The history of EdVenture is stitched together with a common thread—serving Maui’s community with outstanding continuing education at an affordable price. By registering early or by subscribing to their e-zine at, discounts are available to everyone. For the 15th year in a row, Alexander & Baldwin Foundation has donated $25,000 in training funds towards business development on Maui, which gifts qualifying Maui residents and small businesses with an 80 percent discount on business and computer classes.

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EdVenture at UH Maui College, formerly known as VITEC (Vital and Innovative Technology Development and Education Center), is growing, innovating and adapting to new market demands as it moves into the future to serve Maui’s community with outstanding continuing education at affordable prices.

Keeping current with emerging technologies, EdVenture continues to offer courses ranging from “Computers for Beginners” and Web certification to the addition of their exciting new Authorized Apple Training Institute.

For those interested in advancing their careers into management or gaining new job skills, EdVenture offers over 50 business classes. EdVenture’s offerings also include diverse personal enrichment classes and a huge spectrum of subject matter. To bring balance to their program, you can explore culture, creativity and well-being with “Speak Hawaiian for Beginners,” “Mosaic Art Glass” or “The Essence of Tai Chi” classes, just to name a few.

“Our healthy cooking classes and wine tasting seminars have always been a favorite,” said Stephanie Pratt, administrative support specialist. “There is a class for everyone.”

Classes are open to the entire community. Even Maui County youth can get a taste of college at EdVenture’s College for Kids/College Bound programs.

It doesn’t end there. Each cycle, 30 percent of the offerings are new, in addition to a large selection of online classes. And EdVenture’s Customized Training Division will bring any of its classes to your business and will even design a custom class to address your specific business needs.



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