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MANA Program

MANA's purpose is to help El Camino students of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander descent succeed in their academic journey while integrating their cultural identity into the process. At the core of MANA are the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander values of respect, integrity, commitment, and compassion.

Mālō e lelei! Talofa! Hafa Adai! Bula!

MANA group posing together on campus.
The MANA program at El Camino College aims to help students achieve their academic career goals at El Camino College.Contact

The MANA program aims to increase the number of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) students who complete requirements for an associate degree and/or transfer to a four-year university.

Because MANA is an NHPI term that embodies spiritual power, the MANA program is intentionally designed to empower NHPI students by strengthening quality educational and support services to promote and foster student learning, sense of belonging, success, and self-advocacy.

MANA helps students navigate the college experience by providing:

  • Counseling appointments
  • English and math tutoring
  • School supplies
  • Computer access with printing
MANA has helped me gain lifelong friends and a new outlook on who I am and what I have to offer as a young Samoan woman going to college. I have a voice, too, and they encourage me to use it. The possibilities are endless because of the genuine support that MANA provides." 

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MANA provides culturally centered guidance that simplifies the pathway to transferring and/or graduating.

Professional Development
You can participate in a series of culturally centered events such as workshops, leadership seminars, field trips, and trainings.

Counseling & Tutoring
Counselors and tutors are available to assist you in finding a balance in your academic, professional, and personal lives.

Linked Learning Community
Explore the individual, as well as communal Asian American and Pacific Islander experience.

 

  • "Online presence was 100%! If I forgot to do something like registration for classes there were constant reminders on IG, email, text, Remind, and calls."
  • "MANA check-ins were great, definitely able to offer a safe space to not worry about things, and give me a break from constant pressure from school. MANA definitely was there in some dark spots of my semester and provided constant love and support. Definitely wouldn't have been able to go about this semester without the constant love."
  • "This is a really amazing program, staff and counselors were very welcoming and encouraging. I am sure they operated swiftly online, as if they were in person! No negativity."
  • "MANA team definitely supported me throughout the pandemic and made sure I stayed on track with everything. Couldn't have been more grateful for them. Everyone is definitely family to me."
  • "MANA counselors exceeded my expectations and needs as a student. Their support was pivotal to my success in school."

 

MANA is currently accepting applicants!

If you are interested in being a part of MANA, please complete the MANA online application

MANA staff will contact you after your application has been processed.

 

 

Resources

Check out the MANA resources available.

Photo Gallery

Enjoy MANA moments from years past.

Staff

Meet the friendly MANA team here to support you.

Questions? Contact Us

Caroline Sina Fifita

cfifita@elcamino.edu

310-660-3593 x7857

Student Services Center
Room 174

Office Hours:
Temporarily Closed for in-person tutoring. Online tutoring is available.