The ACF Kona Kohala Chefs Association donation is the largest endowment in Hawaiʻi CC’s history.
The 55 by ’25 campaign, a statewide partnership of Hawaiʻi’s educational leaders, has set a goal of having 55 percent of working-age adults hold a two- or four-year college degree by the year 2025 or the state won’t be positioned for competitiveness for the 21st century.
Only 41 percent of Hawaiʻi’s working-age adults currently have a two- or four-year degree, according to a recent study.
Hawaiʻi P–20 Partnerships for Education—led by the Executive Office on Early Learning, the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education and the University of Hawaiʻi System—believes that by working together across various community sectors, Hawaiʻi can achieve this aggressive 55 by ’25 goal through a collective effort of supporting student success.
As part of the campaign, the 55by25.org website has been launched with specific ideas to help parents from the birth of their children through college, for the students themselves, as well as for businesses and community organizations to participate in. An aggressive radio campaign is also running throughout the spring to heighten awareness of this issue and encourage action to increase Hawaiʻi’s educational capital.
Read the UH news release for more about the program.