Pacific Technology Foundation names Honolulu Community College Chancellor Ramsey Pedersen Educator of the Year

HCC recognized by industry for advancing technology education in Hawaii

Honolulu Community College
Carolyn Tanaka, (808) 956-9803
Mia Noguchi, (808) 956-9095
External Affairs & University Relations
Posted: Nov 15, 2005

Ramsey Pedersen, Chancellor for Honolulu Community College (HCC), was named Educator of the Year by the Pacific Technology Foundation. The award was presented to Pedersen—who is also on the President‘s Council‘s of the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers and is a board member of the Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training—in recognition of HCC‘s efforts in advancing technology education in Hawaii.

"It is quite an honor and is very satisfying to be recognized for the efforts of a lot of people at Honolulu Community College," said Chancellor Pedersen. "It is very evident that the future of many diverse fields and professions is tied to the advances in technology. To arm our students with knowledge and skills in both technology and the areas of their interest is not only prudent but critical to their success as students and in their professional careers. I am happy to accept this award on behalf of all of the faculty and staff at HCC."

"Ramsey Pedersen and his team at HCC have been creative and relentless in their pursuit of increased educational opportunities for their students via technology. This award is richly deserved," said University of Hawaiʻi Interim President David McClain.

Chancellor Pedersen has headed Honolulu Community College since 2001. Under his leadership, HCC transferred its programs from analog to digital technologies, set up ties with industry partners, the Hawaiʻi Department of Education and other institutions in the Pacific. It also created the Computing, Electronics and Networking Technology Program, and upgraded the technologies in Communications Arts, Architecture, Engineering, and Computer-Assisted Design.

The Pacific Technology Foundation is a Hawaiʻi-based, non-profit organization that supports technology education for Hawaiʻi‘s public schools by providing scholarships and computers for students as well as support for public education initiatives.

About Honolulu Community College
Honolulu Community College offers a solid liberal arts program providing a strong foundation for future undergraduate work in a wide range of areas including the humanities, information and computer science, language arts, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences. It also offers a wide and dynamic range of technical and occupational programs and specialty programs. HCC is an integral component of the University of Hawaiʻi and has transfer agreements with UH and other universities in Hawaii and serves as a gateway to over 2,000 universities and colleges across the USA. Students planning to transfer to these institutions will receive special assistance in preparing application documents. For more information, visit

About the University of Hawaiʻi
Established in 1907 and fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the University of Hawaiʻi is the state‘s sole public system of higher education. The UH System provides an array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees and community programs on 10 campuses and through educational, training, and research centers across the state. UH enrolls more than 50,000 students from Hawaiʻi, the U.S. mainland, and around the world. For more information, visit

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