As part of its community-wide Step Up campaign to promote career and college readiness for Hawaiʻi high school students, Hawaiʻi P–20 Partnerships for Education invites businesses, organizations, parents and students to participate.
Out of 100 Hawaiʻi ninth graders, 68 graduate from high school on time, 40 enter college, 24 return for the second year and only 12 earn a college degree on time.
The Step Up campaign encourages students in the class of 2013 and beyond to earn the Board of Education’s Step Up Diploma, which includes more challenging classes in math, science and writing and completion of a senior project.
“We need to encourage our students to pursue a more rigorous high school course of study to better prepare them for success in a career or college,” says Tammi Chun, Hawaiʻi P–20 executive director.
Parents can encourage their children to pursue the Step Up diploma and sign with them a Project Step Up pledge form.
Businesses and community and professional organizations are urged to tell customers and employees about the campaign; participate in career day, speakers bureau or mentor activities; or offer scholarships, internships and discounts or other incentives to students who earn the diploma.