Hawaiʻi P–20 Partnerships for Education Middle School Career Industry Fair

University of Hawaiʻi
Chuck Parker, (808) 492-0597
Assoc Dir, Communications, UH Communications
Posted: Feb 15, 2018

P-20 Career Fair VNR

Link to video and sound (details below): http://bit.ly/2BvMnD3

WHAT:  Hawaiʻi P–20 Partnerships for Education Middle School Career Industry Fair

WHO: More than 750 middle school students from nine Oʻahu schools

WHEN: Thursday, February 15, 2018

WHERE: Hawaiʻi Convention Center

WHY: To provide students with opportunities to explore various jobs and start making the connection between high school, college and career success.


Students who attended the fair came from:

Central Middle School, Dole Middle School, Jarrett Middle School, Kalākaua Middle School, Nānākuli Intermediate and High School, Waimānalo Intermediate School, Waiʻanae Intermediate School, Waipahu Intermediate School, Washington Middle School.

The event is held in partnership with Connect to Careers “C2C,” a coalition of Hawaiʻi businesses economic development and education partners to prepare students for success in high-skill, in-demand careers.

More than 30 of the 80 exhibitors represented various University of Hawaiʻi campuses and programs including the UH Mānoa Shidler School of Business, UH Mānoa School of Nursing, Windward Community College’s veterinary technology program, Leeward Community College’s television production program, Honolulu Community College’s fashion technology program and Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at UH Hilo.



(1:20) 14 shots: general cover of the event


Lesli Yogi, business and community outreach specialist, Hawaiʻi P–20

(:18)  So the goal for today’s event is really to help students see that there’s a pathway between education and success and we want them to start thinking about their career goals so that when they go into high school it’ll help make their learning relevant and then when they go onto college it’ll help them achieve and aspire to what they want to become.

(:16) I think one of the best parts about the event is that it’s critical that we continue to build partnerships between education and industry partners to help build that seamless pipeline so that we can prepare our future generation workforce with the skills that are needed for our growing economy in the future.


Tia Cunningham, Washington Middle School 8th grader

(:13) More thorough explanations on what the jobs are, that you can go to ‘cause just saying marine biologist is very basic. but here I can get an explanation on what it is.


Laura Rogers, Washington Middle School 8th grader

(:06) We’re here just to explore new opportunities and really to find out where we want to go.

(:11) Just the jobs specifically, what do I need to go what grades do I need to have, how much is it, do I have to have financial aid, or what.


Hawaiʻi P–20 Partnerships for Education, a statewide partnership led by the Executive Office of Early Learning, the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education and the University of Hawaiʻi System, works to strengthen the education pipeline from early childhood through higher education through data-informed decision-making, advocacy, policy coordination, and stakeholder engagement; all in support of student achievement. Hawaiʻi P–20 partners share a sense of urgency about the need to improve educational outcomes in Hawaiʻi in an increasingly global economy,and have established a goal of 55 percent of Hawaiʻi’s working-age adults having a two-or-four-year college degree by 2025. For more information, visit http://www.p20hawaii.org.