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College and Workforce Training Funding and Support

Windward Community College in partnership with the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services has created a new program to deliver assistance and support for college and workforce training. The SNAP Employment and Training program is a federally funded program that is designed to help remove barriers and provide students with access to education and skills training opportunities so they can earn a living wage and achieve financial independence. At Windward Community College it is called HINET Ho‘ola Ike (gift of knowledge) program.

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What Do You Want For Your Future?

  • New Career
  • Job Training
  • Improve Math and English Skills
  • Earn a Living Wage
  • Financial Security
Students who qualify for the HINET Program may be eligible to receive:
  • Tuition assistance
  • Assistance with books and mandatory fees (pending the availability of funds)
  • Service Learning
  • Workforce Training
  • Educational Advising, Academic Coaching and Personal Support
  • Support services:
  • Bus Pass, Gas Money
  • Tutoring
  • Emergency Costs
  • Employment Advising
  • Books
  • Uniforms
  • Career Coaching
  • Job Search Assistance
  • Resume Writing
  • Supplemental Instruction


Program Eligibility criteria:
  • Completion of the FAFSA
  • Currently receiving or eligible to receive SNAP through Dept. of Human Services (DHS)
  • Enrolled in a vocational, professional technical non-transfer degree or certificate program
  • Enrolled in Windward Community College at a minimum of 6 credit hours (part-time) or in an approved non-credit workforce training program
  • Not receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
  • You meet the following income guidelines:
Snap Gross Income Standards, effective October 1, 2014.
Household size of 1should not exceed 200% monthly gross income  $2,280.
Household size of 2 should not exceed 200% monthly gross income  $3,072.
Household size of 3 should not exceed 200% monthly gross income  $3,866.
Household size of 4 should not exceed 200% monthly gross income  $4,660.

How To Apply

Three ways to apply.
1) ONLINE using “Quick Application” form below.
2) CALL the office at (808) 235-7386 to request an application form by mail or make an appointment.
3) MAKE AN APPOINTMENT to receive assistance with completing the application form.

If you are uncertain if you qualify call Kathy Helfrich at (808) 235-7386 for more information.

Kathy Helfrich
HINET Program Coordinator
talk/text: (808) 235-7386
fax: (808) 235-7434
email: hinet@hawaii.edu
Please fill out the form with your current SNAP status.

Service Provider Partners

Contact Windward Community College, Service providers, or your local SNAP office. Windward Community College will advise you on job training or retraining courses. We will provide you with support to cover transportation, childcare, books, uniforms and school supplies and job search assistance. A SNAP office will assist you with your SNAP needs.

To apply for SNAP benefits through DHS

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Workforce Training Programs

The following courses, degrees and certificates are currently available to you at Windward Community College.
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HINET Consortium Office

Workforce Connection Center
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Windward Community College
Hale Alaka'i, Rm. 106
45-720 Kea'ahala Road
Kaneohe, HI 96744
(808) 235-7386

HINET Program Coordinator

Kathy Helfrich
talk/text: (808) 235-7386
email: hinet@hawaii.edu