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Leeward Community College's Workforce Development Office (OCEWD) is located on the Diamond Head end of the Leeward Community College campus, with ample free parking. We are on the city bus line, which makes it convenient to commute from anywhere on Oahu.


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96-045 Ala Ike, Room CE 101, Pearl City, HI 96782

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Leeward Community College is dedicated to supporting military and veteran students, as well as their family members.  We are proud to partner with LIFT to provide Advanced Manufacturing Training and certification to military personnel and their families.  Operation Next training and certification is FREE for all eligible participants.  We recognize the unique experiences that come with serving in the armed forces and take pride in being able to provide degree programs and workforce training that lead to high skill-high wage jobs throughout the country.  Tuition and fees for this program are paid through a Department of Defense grant from the Office of Naval Research.  For more information please email


  • Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve personnel from all services
  • Spouses and dependent children of active-duty personnel from all services
  • Select Retired Veterans from all services


How long will it take to complete a program?

The training and certificate programs consist of about 400 hours of online learning and practical lab exercises.   Typically the training can be completed in less than six (6) months.   Each student will meet with the instructional team and receive a personalized instructional plan.  The training may take more or less time based on the students background and availability.

What if I am not able to attend class because of duty, deployment, or other circumstances?

The programs use a blended learning model that combines online learning with practical learning experiences conducted in the lab.   The online learning is available to the student 24/7, the lab is available daytime, evenings, and weekends.

What if my command does not approve a skillbridge request?

SkillBridge allows an active-duty member that is transitioning to the private sector with an opportunity to be released from their command to participate in training or apprenticeship opportunities.   If SkillBridge is not approved, the active duty member can still register for an complete the training outside of normal duty hours.    Before requesting SkillBridge, the student will get a personalized training plan that may include release time

What are the Prerequisites for admission to the program?

There are no prerequisites for acceptance into the program!  Math skills that are required will be taught in context with the course content.

Where are the lab activities?

The lab activities are conducted under the supervision of an instructor at the Leeward CC Campus in Pearl City, HI

How much does the program cost?

THERE ARE NO OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES FOR THIS TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION PROGRAM!  All costs are covered by a grant from the Office of Naval Research!

What certifications will participants be eligible to receive?

Depending on which program of study, students will be eligible for national Certification from NIMS for Industrial Maintenance and CNC Manufacturing and SACA for Robotics

Will I be able to get college credit for the training?

It is possible that personnel completing the program may be able to receive college credit for completion of the training program.   As an example, Leeward CC will accept the Industrial Maintenance coursework as Prior Learning, for 3 courses in the IIT Associate in Science Degree.

How do I register?

To register, contact the program coordinator at

Where can I expect to get a job after certification?

Several companies on the mainland are partnering with LIFT and the Operation Next team to provide employment opportunities to those that successfully complete the training and certification.   These are high skill-high wage positions at various locatins throughout the country.   For a complete list of partner companies visit

What is hybrid learning?

Hybrid learning combines online instruction with practical skills learning in the classroom/lab.    This type of learning is best suited for adult learners that cannot commit to a set class schedule because of their work/duty/life schedule.

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