The inaugural ClimbHI Bridge Awards Brunch was held on October 12. The event recognized top participants on the ClimbHI Bridge online portal, which is used by 560 businesses across the state in an unprecedented public-private partnership. The bridge links educators, students, businesses and organizations to provide educational and workforce development opportunities.
“Utilizing the ClimbHI platform this past year has allowed us to expand our outreach efforts to a wider swath of schools and classrooms throughout Hawaiʻi and allow us to efficiently and effectively connect with STEM educators seeking classroom presenters, mentorship, expert judging, and other support for their students,” said Kimberly Perez Hults, College of Engineering director of marketing and outreach relations. “Our team of student ambassadors, along with other students, faculty and staff, have really stepped up to the plate to meet these requests, having logged many hours engaging in these activities both virtually and in person. We are thrilled to be a ClimbHI top contributor and appreciate everything they are doing to build these critical industry-to-education connections.”
UH Mānoa’s College of Engineering joined 19 others in the top business category, including The Queen’s Health Systems, YMCA of Honolulu and HMSA.
“These awardees and our hundreds of opportunity providers have helped reach nearly 57,000 students and 4,000 educators from 190 Hawaiʻi schools statewide since the launch of ClimbHI Bridge in January 2021,” said Julie Morikawa, president of ClimbHI. “We are grateful for their continued support as we strengthen educational and career opportunities for our keiki right here in Hawaiʻi.”