Born and raised in Honolulu, Helen Cox has served higher education for over 35 years, first as a faculty member and then as an administrator at Salt Lake Community College prior to becoming Chancellor at Kaua‘i Community College in 2008. While away from the islands, she received a B.A. from Harvard and an M.A. and a PhD in American Studies from University of Utah.
Helen is founder and Executive Director of Human Pursuits, a non-profit corporation funded in part through National Endowment for the Humanities grants to develop and implement reading and discussion programs for out-of-school adults in libraries, senior centers, prisons and other settings in the Rocky Mountain West.
She has had the good fortune to work internationally in China, India, and Japan, and served as a Fulbright Scholar in both the Czech Republic and Russia. Cox’s leadership at KCC focuses on the College’s roles to support the community through education and training, to serve as an intellectual and cultural gathering place, and to provide leadership in moving the island towards a culturally, economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable future.
Dr. Helen A. Cox
Chancellor, Kaua'i Community College
Summer - Fall 2019
Congratulations to our 2019 graduates! This year we awarded over 150 Associates Degrees, almost 200 Certificates of Achievement, and over 250 Certificates of Competence. And for the first time, our graduates included Early College students who received Certificates of Competence and Academic Subject Certificates while they were still in high school!
Now that graduation is over, we are looking forward to a new academic year. To help students prepare for that, we offer a Summer Bridge Program, a College Success course to help students learn how to be a successful college student. Fall registration is underway, and you can see a complete list of classes being offered by clicking on Class Availability on our home page.
In addition to face-to-face daytime classes, the College offers online and evening classes. You can earn an Associates of Arts in Liberal Arts attending only in the evening. This cohort approach is designed for working adults who want to complete a degree while working. We also offer numerous courses taught via distance, and Prior Learning Assessment. If you have work experience that you believe is equivalent to college-level work, you may be able to earn up to 48 credits if your learning experience matches requirements for courses taught at the college. In addition to making higher education more accessible to adults, we have expanded Early College to multiple offerings at all three public high schools. Early College is a great way for high school students to earn not just college credit but certificates before they graduate, so they can continue at KauaiCC with a jump-start on their degree.
Whether you are 15 or 75, college can be daunting at first, so we are here to help. We provide help with applying, financial aid, new student orientation, academic advising, an introduction to college class, tutoring and more. Your first meeting with a counselor helps you set your academic plan, and our STAR GPS registration platform guides you to enroll in the courses that lead you to reach your goal.
We want college to be relevant for you. We work with the community to make sure your coursework is relevant to careers on Kauai or smooth transfer for further education. If you successfully earn an Associate Degree with us, you are automatically admitted to any UH four-year school. We also provide internships and other out-of-classroom learning experiences. And we have non-credit, life-long learning courses as well through our Office of Continuing Education and Training.
Kaua‘i Community College offers small classes with competent, caring instructors in a place- and culture-based environment. Come check us out let us help you get where you want to go!