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UHMC Offers Degree-in-Three Program

New academic track enables students to get associate degree in three years on a part-time basis.

July 23, 2014
Maui Weekly

The Degree-in-Three (D-3) program at the University of Hawai'i Maui College (UHMC) is now taking applications for the next group of students interested in achieving an associate in liberal arts degree in three years on a part-time basis.

"Our part-time students are busy--sometimes they're working or have other family obligations," said Linda Fujitani, academic counselor at UHMC. "It was hard for them to keep track of which courses they needed next, or the course they needed wasn't offered until another semester. Part-time students who sign-up for Degree-in-Three have a clear pathway and a guaranteed course schedule to keep them on track so they can earn their associate in liberal arts degree in three years."

D-3 has proved to be a popular option for those busy students.

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Pictured are students and UHMC staff from a previous D-3 cohort.

"The schedule allowed me, to continue to work full time and pursue a degree," said Lea Moracco, a D-3 participant. "Adviser Linda Fujitani and faculty provided so much support and encouragement during the entire semester. Work-study groups were formed, Q&A sessions were scheduled and appointments with our instructors were encouraged. I also liked the flexibility of the online course and watching class on cable TV."

Students accepted in the D-3 program also have the benefit of moving through the course schedule with the same group. This builds a supportive peer network that encourages degree completion.

"There's a lot of support services for students, like counseling and tutoring," added Fujitani, "but sometimes a student struggling with a personal or academic issue finds the best help from one of their classmates. They become a tight family over the course of three years and go out of their way to help each other reach their goals."

Students enrolling in the D-3 Fall 2014 cohort have the option of taking day or evening classes. The daytime cohort will take three classes on campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 1:15 p.m. The evening cohort will take two "live" classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., and one online class.

Those interested in learning more should contact Fujitani at, or phone (808) 984-3226.



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