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Posted on | October 30, 2009 | Comments Off

    State Furlough Plan Begins
    Distance Learning Teacher Education Program at UH Hilo

State Furlough Plan Begins

Following the ratification by Hawaiʻi Government Employees Association members of a new two-year contract, Governor Linda Lingle today announced details of a plan that calls for two furlough days per month for the next 20 months for state employees that started on Fri., Oct. 23, 2009. To minimize the impact on the public, most state offices will close all or portions of their operations on two specified Fridays per month.

The detailed furlough plan and schedule can be found on the Governor’s website. In addition, each department will post modified days/hours of operations for their respective divisions and attached agencies on their websites.

Members of the public who conduct business with the state should call the appropriate office or check their websites for specific furlough information.

Distance Learning Teacher Education Program at UH Hilo

Applications are currently being accepted for spring 2010 Distance Learning-Secondary Teacher Education Program for Success at UH Hilo. The application deadline for classified students is Nov. 21, 2009; the deadline for unclassified students is Dec. 21, 2009.

DL-STEPS is a teacher certification program leading to licensing as a middle or high school teacher in Hawaiʻi. The program is designed for post-baccalaureate students who wish to take classes online while they work full- or part-time. Students will go through six steps to complete the program, including advising, online coursework and field work.

“The education department is very pleased to offer this program to working students,” says Jeannine Hirtle, who heads the DL-STEPS program. “This web-based program provides students with high quality, integrated, inquiry- and field-based course work that will prepare them to meet the challenges of teaching in a culturally-rich, technologically-changing society.”

For more information, call (808) 974-7748 or visit the DL-STEPS website.

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