In addition to creating thousands of jobs, the University of Hawaiʻi Innovation Initiative (HI²) is also expected to develop the workers to fill many of the new positions, through UH’s seven community colleges.
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded a $24.6 million grant in 2011—the largest of its kind in the nation—to the University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges.
The workforce development grant, known as C3T, targets three key growth sectors that are aligned with important UH research: agriculture, health and sustainable energy. The grant will help the community colleges to update the skills of workers. Several UH community colleges received a $12.7 million grant as part of the second round of funding in 2012.
Read more about how the UH Community Colleges are training Hawaiʻi’s workforce for future jobs that will be created by the UH Innovation Initiative in the article “Workers wanted” by Kyle Galdeira.