College Achievement and Retention Experience (C.A.R.E.)

No matter the barriers keeping students from success, the College Achievement and Retention Experience (C.A.R.E.) wants to assist by providing the most personalized and effective service possible.

For Students:

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Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Location: Building 7, Room 325



Ina Miller-Cabasug

Ina Miller-Cabasug
Retention Specialist, (808) 844-2353

"I want all students to know how truly important they are and that meeting their needs is the college's most important priority. When any student needs help, no matter what, we can provide resources to help meet nearly any challenge. Just give us a chance to help."

Retention Specialist Ina Miller-Cabasug has been helping students at Honolulu Community College achieve success for more than ten years. She has a Master's in Counselor Education from San Jose State University.

Donald Frost

Donald Frost
Academic Success Coordinator, (808) 845-9284

"Many students just don't believe they can do it. That's what they've always been told. I heard the same thing, people telling me I shouldn't go to college. Realizing that I could do it was the first step. I want to help students develop the confidence to be successful."

Academic Success Coordinator Donald Frost has been helping students for more than forty years. Before coming to the Academic Success Center, Donald Frost taught autobody repair at The Employment Training Center, Honolulu CC, and Windward Community College.

Derick Pang

Derick Pang
Educational Specialist - Retention, (808) 845-9279

"Being an alumni from Honolulu CC, I've experienced many of the challenges facing today's students. The instructors here played a crucial role in realizing my potential as a student. I learned that effort and patience always pay off. Whenever an Honolulu CC student is successful, I feel successful."

Educational Specialist Derick Pang has been helping students at Honolulu Community College for more than fifteen years. He graduated from the college with an A.A. in Liberal Arts. After graduating from Honolulu CC, Derick Pang earned a B.A. in Psychology.

Kristi Teruya

Kristi Teruya
Academic Coach, (808) 844-2381

"I was one of those students who never asked for help because I was embarrassed – thinking that people would think less of me for it. I almost failed a class before I worked past my pride to ask my instructor for help. Students need to know that the instructors and support services want to help you succeed. I hope that I can assist students with seeing that asking for help is the first step to becoming successful."

Academic Coach Kristi Teruya has been a part of the Honolulu Community College campus since 2014. Prior to that, she was a teacher working with at-risk youth in schools based in Los Angeles and Ventura counties in California. Kristi has a Master's degree in Education from Pepperdine University.

Jan Vierra

Jan Vierra
Transition Specialist, (808) 845-9281

"My passion is helping students at Honolulu CC. There were times I felt like quitting school. There were times I didn't think I belonged at college, but so many people at Honolulu CC would encourage me. Now I get to encourage other students to hang in there. Since I graduated, I know they can too."

Academic Coach Jan Vierra graduated from Honolulu Community College in 2013 with an A.A.S. in Cosmetology. Jan is currently pursuing an A.A.S. in Human Services and an A.A. in Liberal Arts. She was born and raised in Honolulu and has four children and eight grandchildren.

Kenisha Strong<br />

Kenisha Strong
Transition Coordinator, (808) 844-2399

"I believe in student empowerment, that all students have the ability to reach their goals, but may just need the tools and support to get there. I am prepared to be any student's champion, confidant, sounding board or support system. College is all about making connections, learning new things and growing as a person and I am happy to be part of the journey."

Transition Coordinator Kenisha Strong joined the Honolulu Community College campus in 2019. Prior to that, she worked at UH Manoa with incoming students and at Hawaii Job Corps with low-incoming youth pursuing vocational education. Kenisha has a Master's degree in Education from the University of Southern California.