Hana resident earns UH MSW degree

First MSW degree earned through distance learning at University Center Maui

University of Hawaiʻi
T Karen Hanada, (808) 984-3527
Director, University Center Maui
Larry Wiss, (808) 956-9393
Communications Officer, Office of the VP for Information Technology
Posted: May 16, 2013

Nakita Coelho-Villarimo receives her MSW degree from William Chismar, UH Manoa Outreach dean
Nakita Coelho-Villarimo receives her MSW degree from William Chismar, UH Manoa Outreach dean

KAHULUI — University of Hawai‘i student Nakita Coelho-Villiarimo was awarded a master of social work degree on May 10 during ceremonies at the University Center Maui. This is the first Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work degree earned via distance learning by a Hana, Maui resident. “I am grateful I was able to earn my degree without having to commute long distances or relocate entirely” was Nakita’s comment concerning her distance learning experience and degree accomplishment.

The purpose of the systemwide UH distance learning program, managed by Academic Technologies of UH Information Technology Services, is to extend the university’s rich array of quality instructional resources to student’s throughout the state utilizing innovative program designs and learning technologies. Distance learning provides students greater flexibility in achieving their educational goals through audio, video, and computer technologies.

The University of Hawai‘i Center was established by the UH Board of Regents to facilitate the offering of select bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UH Mānoa, UH West O‘ahu, and UH Hilo.  Since 1998 over a 1,000 Maui county residents have taken advantage of these programs and earned their degrees while continuing to live in Maui county.  Many of these outreach and distance learning programs are structured for working professionals and students raising families. 

Information on the courses of study available via distance learning at the University Center Maui can be found at uctrmaui.hawaii.edu; UH systemwide distance learning webpage is at hawaii.edu/dl

Note: Video footage is available upon request to: tkhanada@hawaii.edu


For more information, visit: http://uctrmaui.hawaii.edu