HIIA donates $2,500 to UH West Oʻahu for insurance professional training

University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu
Julie Funasaki Yuen, (808) 454-4870
Public Information Officer, Public Relations and Marketing Department
Posted: Jun 14, 2011

From L:Chancellor Gene Awakuni, UH West O‘ahu, Surita Savio, Insurance Associates, Sonia Leong, HIIA
From L:Chancellor Gene Awakuni, UH West O‘ahu, Surita Savio, Insurance Associates, Sonia Leong, HIIA
The Hawaii Independent Insurance Agents Association (HIIA), the leading organization for independent insurance professionals in Hawai‘i, made a $2,500 gift to the University of Hawai‘i–West Oʻahu to fund student scholarships for an innovative new certificate program that trains risk management, personal and commercial insurance professionals and prepares students for licensure examination.
“We are committed to supporting Hawai‘i’s insurance industry and the development of qualified professionals,” said HIIA Executive Director Sonia Leong. “This scholarship fund was made possible by a generous donation to the HIIA from one of our members, Insurance Associates, Inc. It is with the support of dedicated members like these that we are able to open doors to future insurance professionals who serve the people of Hawai‘i.”
UH West O‘ahu’s Certificate in Risk Management and Insurance was created to provide needed professional training in an industry offering high starting salaries and long-term careers with immediate job openings.
“We are excited to offer programs like these that create pathways for students to find fulfilling careers after graduation,” said UH West O‘ahu Chancellor Gene Awakuni. “Our partnership with the risk management and insurance industry is a great example of UH West O‘ahu’s commitment to delivering quality programs that meet workforce needs and we are grateful to the HIIA and Hawai‘i’s insurance industry for making this possible.”
For more information on how you can support UH West O‘ahu please contact Mariko Miho at (808) 956-7983 or Mariko.Miho@uhfoundation.org. You can also make a gift online at www.uhfoundation.org/GiveToUHWestOahu.
The Hawaii Independent Insurance Agents Association is a non-profit trade association representing a network of independent insurance professionals across the State of Hawai‘i. The HIIA is the Hawai‘i affiliate for the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) founded in 1896. The IIABA is a national alliance of 300,000 business owners and their employees who offer all types of insurance and financial services products.
UH West O‘ahu became a four-year, regional comprehensive university when it served its first class of freshmen in fall 2007. The University offers quality education, small classes and personalized attention at convenient locations. Construction began in August 2010 on the first phase of a new, state-of-the-art UH West O‘ahu campus in the City of Kapolei. It is expected to serve approximately 2,000 students for fall 2012 classes. For more information, visit uhwo.hawaii.edu, twitter.com/uhwestoahu, facebook.com/uhwestoahu or call 454-4700 or toll-free (866) 299-8656.
The University of Hawai‘i Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawai‘i System. Our mission is to unite our donors’ passions with the University of Hawai‘i’s aspirations to benefit the people of Hawai‘i and beyond. We do this by raising private philanthropic support, managing private investments and nurturing donor and alumni relationships. www.uhfoundation.org