Skillbridge-approved and
Department of Defense funded

Skillbridge-approved and
Department of Defense funded



NS Pearl Harbor, Hickam AFB, Marine Base HI, Schofield Barracks

The military is an important component of the population and economy of Hawaii. Nearly 100,000 military personnel and their families make up nearly ten percent of Hawaii’s population – the highest proportion of any state in the country. Hawaii is the headquarters for the commander of the U.S. Pacific Command and Pacific Fleet Command, as well as military installations that support all five services. The majority of the presence in Hawaii is concentrated on the Island of Oahu.

The University of Hawaii, Leeward Community College, is dedicated to supporting military and veteran students, as well as their family members. We recognize the unique experiences that come with serving in the armed forces. We are proud to partner with LIFT to provide advanced manufacturing training and certification to military personnel and their families in the State of Hawaii. Leeward Community College is centrally located in Oahu, less than 15 miles from bases representing all services.


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


Leeward Community College has partnered with Lift to provide OPNext training for eligible service personnel in the State of Hawaii.


Leeward Community College, Pearl City HI (Oahu)


Computerized Numerical Control Operator (CNC)
Industrial Technology Maintenance (ITM)
Robotics Technician


Hybrid Curriculum: Coursework is composed of a combination of online learning and in-person labs and practical exercises. The in-person labs and practical exercises are available to all participants in an open learning lab that will be available on weekdays, weekday evenings, and weekends (Lab hours will be provided during registration).

Program length varies based on the student’s availability to complete the in-person labs and practical exercises as well as completion of the online learning. Typically, the coursework can be completed within 6 months.

Operation Next is an official Department of Defense Skillbridge MOU. Active Duty personnel that meets the criteria for Skillbridge eligibility may apply for the Skillbridge program. (Skillbridge approval is at the discretion of the individual command, and is based on Optempo and Manning).


National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS)
Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA)


Eligible participants WILL NOT have any out of pocket expenses for the training program. Tuition and fees for this program are paid for through a Department of Defense grant.


William J. Labby, Assistant Professor
Leeward Community College
96-045 Ala Ike Street
(808) 455-0688
(808) 330-2175

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