Flex AA: Education that Fits

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Announcing Honolulu Community College's Flex AA program. The program is equivalent to a traditional Associate of Arts degree but is designed for working adults who are busy balancing work, life and family.

The Flex AA program is for working adults who want to:

  • Obtain a degree while employed.
  • Explore options for transferring to a 4-year baccalaureate program.
  • Sharpen job-related and professional skills.

Flexible Schedules

Courses are offered in the morning, evening, online and hybrid (in-person and online). Many in-person courses meet once or twice a week. Students can also complete a fully online accelerated course in five short weeks.

Cost

Courses in-person, online or hybrid are all the same cost - $131 per credit for Hawai'i residents. Financial aid and scholarships, including the new Hawai'i Promise scholarship that aims to provide free tuition for eligible students, are also available! Plus, many of the courses have $0 textbook cost.

Personalized Advising

Dedicated academic advisors are available to keep you on track in order to complete your degree without taking unnecessary credits.

Contact

Jean Maslowski
maslowsk@hawaii.edu
(808) 845-9278

Course (Credits) On Campus
(Regular Hours)
On Campus
(Evening)
Hybrid Fully Online

(16 Weeks)

Fully Online
(5 Weeks)
$0 Textbook
Cost
ANTH 151 - Emerging Humanity      
ART 101 - Intro to the Visual Arts      
ASAN 201 - Intro to East Asia        
BIO 100 - Human Biology        
CHEM 100 - Chemistry & Society      
CHEM 100L - Chemistry & Society Lab    
ECON 120 - Intro to Economics        
ENG 100 - Composition I  
ENG 209 - Business & Managerial Writing    
ENG 255 - Short Story & Novel    
GEOG 122 - Geography of Hawaii      
HAW 261 - Hawaiian Literature in English          
HIST 152 - World History Since 1500      
HIST 281 - Intro to American History I        
HWST 107 - Hawai'i: Center of the Pacific    
JOUR 150 - The Media & Society      
MATH 100 - Survey of Mathematics      
MATH 103 - College Algebra      
MICR 103 - General Microbiology      
PHIL 101 - Intro to Phil: Morals & Society      
PHYS 100 - Survey of Physics        
POLS 130 - Intro to American Politics      
PSY 100 - Survey of Psychology  
PSY 180 - Psychology of Work        
REL 150 - Intro to the World's Major Religions        
SOC 100 - Survey of General Sociology      
SP 151 - Personal & Public Speech  

Recommended Electives

Course (Credits) On Campus
(Regular Hours)
On Campus
(Evening)
Hybrid Fully Online
(16 Weeks)
Fully Online
(5 Weeks)
$0 Textbook
Cost
ACC 201 - Intro to Financial Accounting        
HAW 101 - Elem Hawaiian I        
JPN 101 - Elementary Japanese I        

Face-to-Face

  • Traditional "in class" course that usually meets twice a week.
  • Some face-to-face courses may meet more often, depending on the number of credits of the course or if it is a lab-type course.

Evening courses

  • Good option for students who would like to take a course after work and skip traffic!
  • Usually meets once a week in the evening for 2½ to 3 hours.

Hybrid

  • Hybrid courses take advantage of the best features of face-to-face and online learning.
  • Some parts of the traditional face-to-face "in class time" is replaced by online learning activities. For example, a hybrid course might meet once a week on-campus and the remaining course-time takes place with online assignments, readings, discussion, and other learning activities.

Distance Education (DE)

  • Teaching and learning are conducted online.
  • The DE format provides flexibility by allowing you to fit your learning around your work and home life and frees-up travel time to campus. For some DE courses, students may have to come to campus or an approved proctoring center a few times each semester to complete exams.
  • DE courses are ideal for self-motivated and organized students. Instructors teach, communicate to students, and provide course-content, assignments, exams and quizzes through Laulima. Laulima is the University of Hawaii's online learning and collaboration system.
  • Students must have dependable computer/Internet access, a browser, basic computer and word processing skills, be proficient in navigating the World Wide Web and downloading files, and use a UH email address. Students must email the instructor by the end of the first day of the semester. Please see the HonCC DE website for support services and additional information. We are here to help!

15 Weeks

  • Fall and spring semesters.
  • For on-campus courses, this typically means 3 hours of instruction per week for a 3-credit course. Lab courses require additional time.
  • Course requirements vary across disciplines and formats. For example, some courses require weekly quizzes, two to three exams through the semester, and a writing assignment. As a rule, one hour of class or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week.
  • Ends with an exam or project during Finals Week.

8 Weeks

  • Also called "Accelerated."
  • Fewer weeks mean that on-campus classes will meet more frequently and for a longer duration. For example, an 8-week course might meet MTWF, for 75 min. Course pace is fast, but you'll be able to complete the course in half the time.
  • Ends with an exam or project.
  • When taking accelerated courses, students need to consult with financial aid about possible impact on aid, and decisions about withdrawing from a course need to be done early-on.

5 Weeks

  • Also called "Accelerated." Limited to DE format.
  • An accelerated DE course is a wonderful opportunity for highly motivated students to finish courses fast. Organization and a readiness to learn is key to succeeding in this highly engaging and interactive learning environment.
  • Ends with an exam or project.
  • When taking accelerated courses, students need to consult with financial aid about possible impact on aid, and decisions about withdrawing from a course need to be done early-on.