Course Description

How do you want to design your life? During this program, learn to thrive in life and work by assessing your strengths, defining a personal vision and establishing values for your life. Explore career/job options and prepare for the work you choose to do as you sharpen your skills, such as computer, communication, critical thinking, writing, sales and customer service, for the workplace.

Two groups: one for Teens (Ages 14-17) and another for Young Adults (Ages 18-20)

Course Outline

  1. Self-Discovery (8 hours)
    1. Personal vision, mission, and values
    2. Career/job exploration
    3. SMART goals and action plan
  2. Life Skills (4 hours)
    1. Stress and time management
    2. Organization skills
  3. Essential Workplace Skills
    1. Communication (40 hours)
      1. Foundations of Communication
      2. Communicating and Collaborating with Others
      3. Critical Thinking
      4. Business Writing
    2. Computer Skills (20 hours)
      1. MS Word
      2. MS Excel and budgeting
      3. Google basics
    3. Customer Service Skills (20 hours)
      1. Ho'okipa Me Ke Aloha
      2. Servicing the Global Customer
      3. Sales Survival Skills
  4. Presentation Skills (12 hours)
    1. Creative Presentations
    2. MS PowerPoint
    3. Capstone presentation preparation
  5. Capstone Presentation (4 hours)

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the program, participants will:

  1. Define their personal vision, mission and values
  2. Explore career options suitable to their personal strengths and interests.
  3. Create S.M.A.R.T. goals
  4. Build a personal budget
  5. Practice essential workplace skills
  6. Create an e-portfolio (ie, resume, cover letter, certificates, achievements, etc.)
  7. Deliver a verbal presentation covering major takeaways from the program


If you are a student with a documented disability and have not voluntarily disclosed the nature of your disability so that we may coordinate the accommodations you need, you are invited to contact the Disability Support Services Office (DSSO) in ‘Ilima 107, ph.734-9552, or email kapdss@hawaii.edu for assistance. For students whose primary disability is Deaf or hard of hearing, contact the KCC Deaf Center at ph. 734-9210 (V), 447-1379 (videophone), or email kapdeaf1@hawaii.edu.

Please note: you will need to contact Kapi’olani CC’s DSSO or Deaf Center to request accommodations in a Kapi’olani CC course even if you’ve already registered or are receiving services at another UH campus’s disability support program.


Kapi‘olani Community College Refund/Drop Policy:

100% refund: Notification to Non-Credit Registration made 10 business days or more prior to start date of course.

50% refund: Notification to Non-Credit Registration made 5-9 business days prior to start date of course.

0% refund: Notification to Non-Credit Registration made less than 5 business days prior to start date of course.


Two groups: one for Teens (Ages 14-17) and another for Young Adults (Ages 18-20)


This 108-hour comprehensive program begins with a process of self-discovery using the True Colors assessment. The premise is that life and work are inseparable so the purpose of this program is to have a clear understanding of yourself - strengths, weaknesses, personal vision, mission and values, etc. - and learn to design a life that achieves individual goals. Learning about personal strengths and weaknesses will help participants to discover and make appropriate life choices, including careers, as they search for jobs that are suitable according to their personal vision, mission and values. Not only will participants learn life skills (i.e., budgeting, stress and time management and organization), but they will also develop and/or enhance basic workplace skills (i.e., communication, business writing, critical thinking, computer, customer service, sales and presentation skills.

Assessment via capstone project:

Participants will design a PowerPoint presentation and verbally deliver a presentation (audience TBA) that highlights major takeaways from the program:

  • Personal vision, mission and values
  • SMART goals
  • Life and career choices
  • E-portfolio (resume, cover letter, etc.)
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