EdD candidate Paranal creates University of Hawai’i at Manoa mentorship program

Draws inspiration from his EdD coursework

Constancio Paranal III

Constancio Paranal III

When EdD candidate Constancio Paranal III learned that most of his junior and senior students at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa Shidler College of Business were still undecided on their post-graduation plans, he took it as a wake-up call to improve the guidance and student support services at the university.

Working with his team at the Japan-America Institute of Management Science (JAIMS), where he serves as director, Paranal developed the JAIMS Protégé Program (JPP) in which students pair with working professional mentors to develop mutually beneficial and meaningful relationships. Mentors assist students as they plan their future careers, and students provide mentors with a more realistic understanding of the millennial generation and the challenges young people face today.

“I have been blessed to have a great professional career with many inspiring mentors, and I wanted to be able to do the same for others,” said Paranal. “Being part of the Trojan Family, I have always believed that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. That is the same principle I had in mind when developing the framework for the JPP program: I wanted the participants to understand that mentorship is a collective sharing of experiences and professional community building.”

“I was truly inspired by a course I took during my time at USC: EDUC 620 Fundamentals of Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. The course gave me the tools and the drive to design, develop and deliver the program.”

—EdD candidate Constancio Paranal III

When it came to the designing and implementing the program, Paranal drew heavily from his EdD coursework.

“I was truly inspired by a course I took during my time at USC: EDUC 620 Fundamentals of Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. The course gave me the tools and the drive to design, develop and deliver the program.”

Paranal, who also graduated from the USC Marshall School of Business with an MBA and Certificate in Financial Analysis and Valuation in 2011, was recognized by the Hawaii State Legislature as the 2015 recipient of the “Outstanding Youth Award” due to his contributions to the community in the field of education and management. He is slated to earn his EdD this year.