Free UH Virtual Program Fair for Hawaii High School Graduates

More than 50 programs from University of Hawaiʻi’s 10 campuses will be participating in a virtual program fair June 22–24. The event targets recent high school graduates, and is open to the general public to learn more about the various career programs, from accounting and auto mechanics, to science and engineering, offered at the UH campuses across the islands.

“We are excited to put this event together for the Class of 2020,” said Stephen Schatz, executive director of Hawaiʻi P–20. “Now is the time for students to think about their next steps, and you can’t beat the affordable opportunities and amazing programs across the University of Hawaiʻi System—right here at home.”

The virtual fair will feature programs within career pathways including business, industrial engineering, health, natural resources, arts and communications and public and human services.

Speakers will be sharing information about their programs, the potential job outlook for careers in these pathways, the required/prerequisite courses and steps to register.

For more information, including the fair schedule and Zoom links, visit:

The virtual fair is coordinated by Hawaiʻi P–20 Partnerships for Education, a statewide collaboration led by the Executive Office on Early Learning, Hawaiʻi Department of Education and the University of Hawaiʻi System.

Hawaii Public School Students Continue to Increase Readiness for College and Careers

A greater number of Hawaii public school students are getting a head start on higher education by earning college credits while in high school and taking advanced placement courses, according to a new College and Career Readiness Indicators report.

DOE ReleaseThe report, released today by Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education and the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE), indicates improvements by public school students at every step of the college-readiness pipeline.Among the highlights:

  • The percentage of students enrolled in dual credit courses (earning college credit while in high school) increased by 7.7 points to 723 students from 671 students. Waipahu High School showed the biggest gain with 65 students participating in dual credit, up from 23 students a year ago.
  • Advanced Placement exam participation increased to 27 percent from 24 percent.
  • The percentage of students who enrolled in a University of Hawaii campus in college-level math rose to 26.7 percent from 24 percent, while the percentage of students requiring remedial math classes dropped to 32 percent from 36 percent.
  • The college enrollment rate remained steady at 54 percent. Enrollment in four-year post-secondary institutions increased by two percentage points over two-year institutions. The report now also accounts for college enrollment numbers at Hawaii Pacific University, in addition to the University of Hawaii.
  • The top five college enrollment rates by high schools were Kalani (78 percent), Mililani (71 percent), Roosevelt (70 percent), Moanalua (68 percent) and Kalaheo (65 percent).
  • Of the high school graduates who enrolled in postsecondary education in the first fall semester following graduation, 70 percent attended one of the University of Hawaii’s 10 campuses.
  • Hawaii’s class of 2013 graduates are attending college in every state in the nation and the District of Columbia, with the exception of South Dakota and Vermont.

Despite progress in many areas, the data reveals many students are graduating from high school without college- and career-ready skills. One-third of DOE graduates who enroll at the University of Hawaii take remedial courses in math or English. Outcomes are even worse for those who took less than Algebra 2 in high school.

“This report provides more evidence that there is much work to be done to help students transition to college-level studies,” said DOE Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe. “At the center of our Strategic Plan is the focus on improving teaching and learning in every classroom. The report shows we are making progress and our educators, students and communities deserve to be commended for those successes.”

“The information provided by the annual College and Career Readiness Indicators reports is essential to gauge the readiness of Hawaii’s students as they transition from high school to post-secondary education,” said Karen Lee, executive director of Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education. “Using this data, educators and school administrators can identify strategies that are most effective in preparing students for college and the workforce.”

“To achieve Hawaii’s education goal of 55 percent of working age adults having a 2- or 4-year college degree by 2025, students must be prepared early, and this data helps us understand what it takes to prepare students and help them to succeed,” Lee added. “We are very pleased to see increases in college preparation over the past four years.”

The College and Career Readiness Indicators (CCRI) reports are an annual collaboration between the Hawaii State Department of Education and the University of Hawaii, coordinated by Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education, to present information on how well Hawaii public school graduates are prepared for college. Hawaii’s CCRI reports are continuously recognized by national organizations, including the Education Sector, the Data Quality Campaign, Achieve, and the National Governors Association, as a leading example of both collaboration between K-12 and higher education and for providing useful information on college readiness. The full reports can be found at:

Hawaii’s Education Goal of 55 Percent with a College Degree by 2025 – “55 by ’25”

Leaders in education and business, and politicians spoke at a news conference today in an effort to strengthen the state’s workforce through higher education. During the event at Honolulu Community College, Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education (Hawaii P-20), a statewide partnership led by the Executive Office on Early Learning, the Hawaii State Department of Education, and the University of Hawaii System today announced the launch of Phase II of the “55 by ‘25” campaign.

The launch of phase II of the "55 by '25" campaign is celebrated by (L to R): Senator Jill Tokuda, Dr. GG Weisenfeld, David Lassner, Karen Lee, Kathryn Matayoshi, John La Forgia, Governor Neil Abercrombie, Rep. Roy Takumi, and John Komeiji.

The launch of phase II of the “55 by ’25” campaign is celebrated by (L to R): Senator Jill Tokuda, Dr. GG Weisenfeld, David Lassner, Karen Lee, Kathryn Matayoshi, John La Forgia, Governor Neil Abercrombie, Rep. Roy Takumi, and John Komeiji.

The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found that by 2018, 65 percent of jobs in Hawaii will require some college, and according to the U.S. Census, just under 42 percent of Hawaii’s adults currently hold a two- or four-year college degree.  This leaves a 23 percent skills gap; an alarming percentage to Hawaii’s educational leaders.

In order for Hawaii to meet the challenges of an increasingly global economy, the Hawaii P-20 Council established a goal for 55 percent of Hawaii’s working age adults to have a two- or four-year college degree by the year 2025. Stressing the need for community-wide participation, civic leaders illustrated ways everyone – from parents and educators to businesses and community organizations – can help achieve this goal.

Governor Neil Abercrombie; Kathryn Matayoshi, Superintendent of Hawaii State Department of Education; David Lassner, Interim President of the University of Hawaii System; GG Weisenfeld, Director of Executive Office on Early Learning; John La Forgia, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Hawaii Pacific Health; Karen Lee, Executive Director of Hawaii P-20 and Richard Mizusawa, UH Manoa student and Chair of the UH Student Caucus all shared details on what is currently being done in support of this campaign, ways the community can help, and the myriad of benefits a more educated workforce means for our local economy.

The effort is also being supported by the Hawaii State Legislature, as the news conference closed with a joint House and Senate certificate presented by Senator Jill Tokuda and Representative Roy Takumi.

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