10 gain UH certificates
in the study of addiction

Ten students earned certificates this year in a course initiated four years ago by the University of Hawaii-West Oahu to address the state's substance abuse problems, including "ice," or crystal methamphetamine, addiction.

The Substance Abuse and Addiction Studies program is offered both online to neighbor island residents as well as in classes at UH-West Oahu.

Thirty students have earned certificates thus far, including those recognized last weekend at commencement ceremonies on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island.

The valedictorian was Laura Crittendon, of Kailua-Kona, who earned her certificate and a Bachelor of Arts degree in social sciences with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.

Crittendon, now working for a social services agency on the Big Island, had been to the Pearl City campus only once before she spoke at commencement exercises.

Students in the 27-credit substance abuse program study the biological and social features of substance abuse, prevention, assessment, treatment and supervised practical experience.

The certificate helps students meet many state requirements for certification as substance abuse counselors.

Forty students are working toward their certificate now, including eight on Kauai, nine on Maui, seven on the Big Island and one on Molokai.

The certificate can be taken in conjunction with a Bachelor of Arts in social services for those seeking a full degree program. It is offered almost entirely online.

For more information on the Certificate in Substance Abuse and Addiction Studies, call Dr. Susan Pelowski, 808-454-4721, or see

For information on degree programs, call the Office of Student Services, 808-454-4700 or 866-299-8656, toll-free.


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