Posted on | July 8, 2011 | Comments Off
Windward developed Ready, Set, Grow-Hawaiʻi, a statewide initiative that will address the basic skills and work readiness gap for the community. This program is a partnership between the UH Community Colleges and the Department of Labor.
Census figures estimate there are 64,156 young people in Hawaiʻi ages 16–19 and of those, 4,816 are not enrolled in school and do not have a high school diploma. These students have opted out of their high school programs without a credential but have returned to the adult schools to earn either a GED or an alternate Competency Based Adult Secondary Education CBASE high school credential. However, neither the GED nor CBASE certificate is specifically focused on job readiness or further education through the community college system.
With support from Hawaiʻi Community Foundation, the community colleges would extend the Ready, Set, Grow-Hawaiʻi program and develop specific strategies within the program to address the educational and career advancement needs of these youth and under skilled adults.
RSG HI will eventually be facilitated statewide by 2014, serving 5,500 students annually with the initial pilot sites being Windward and Leeward.
Ready, Set, Grow-Hawaiʻi will be holding open houses for potential students at Windward on Aug. 4 and at Leeward on July 14 and Aug. 11, from 6:30 p.m.