Author: Kayla Valera

Alan Tupou

Alan Tupou is a third-year student at KCC who will soon graduate next semester with a degree in pre-engineering. Tupou grew up in Pālolo, Oʻahu but has recently moved with his family to Kaimukī. Before attending college, Tupou was homeschooled and said that in the meantime, he would also work a lot and make money through the his family’s concrete business and would specialize in masonry.

He made his way to KCC with the help of Aunty Keolani, the head coordinator for the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program at KCC, and had met her through his friend who was married to her daughter. Before he transfers to the college of engineering at UH Mānoa, Tupou hopes to narrow down a field in engineering, either civil or mechanical, that he will pursue for his four-year degree. 

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Li-Anne DelaVega

Li-Anne DeLevega has worked at the KCC Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) center as a PEEC II Recruitment & Retention Specialist since March 20 of this year. Her work under the PEEC II grant includes handling purchases, managing the budget, as well as recruiting students. DelaVega helps to make engineering majors aware of projects that coincide with their interests and engage in community outreach. One of the things that  DelaVega finds exciting about her job is seeing students’ passion for technology, which is something that she shares a love for as well.

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  • Robert YoungRobert Young
    Robert Young is a first-year professor at KCC. He teaches Math 75x to students. To most of his students, he is known as "Kumu". When he is not teaching, he is studying neuroscience at the center of disabilities for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Prior to teaching at KCC, Kumu Robert worked at Ānuenue and helped develop the math program there. He also currently works to develop 8th-grade mathematics curriculum for Native Hawaiians. Young likes to spend his time working at the Institute For Human Services (IHS), a homeless shelter for families and children in Kalihi. There he runs an after-school science and math program. "I think I like learning about the world more, math is just a means to do it," said Kumu Robert. He explains that math is a universal concept that can apply to anything. Kumu Robert prefers to not focus on one thing but instead likes to study many things including neuroscience and physics. Math gives him the tools to understand the world.

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