• Our Mission

    55 by ‘25 is a community-action campaign coordinated by Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education that raises awareness in Hawaii’s education.

  • The Pipeline

    We work to strengthen the education pipeline from early childhood through higher education so that all students achieve career and college success.

  • The Beginning

    Preparation for college starts in a child’s earliest years. Support the campaign to help achieve the 55 by ‘25 goal.

    The Beginning
  • Together We Can!

    Let’s collaborate and create plans to better prepare students for college and career success.

  • Support Us!

    Our goal: to have 55% of working age adults hold a 2- or 4-year college degree by the year 2025!

Together We Can!

Whether you’re a student, parent, employee, employer or retiree, a better-educated work force benefits all of us. Our statewide goal is to have 55% of working age adults hold a 2- or 4-year college degree by the year 2025.

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What is 55 by ‘25?

Our Mission

55 by ’25 is a community-­action campaign coordinated by Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education, that raises awareness, creates urgency, and invites community-wide participation to achieve Hawaii’s education goal: 55 percent of working age adults (25–64 years old) having a two-­ or four-­year degree by the year 2025. To achieve this important goal, support is needed for students and teachers across the education spectrum—from early childhood through college completion.

The 55 by ’25 campaign urges businesses, community and civic organizations, parents and students to make education a high priority and to join the thousands of people in Hawaii who are already working hard to achieve the 55 by ‘25 goal.

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Why College

College Benefits Go Beyond Earnings

In addition to earning more, college educated Millennials also have lower unemployment and poverty rates than their less-educated peers. They’re also more likely to be married and less likely to be living in their parent’s home.

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Hawai‘i will be celebrating the success of GEAR UP Hawai‘i, a college-access program that serves over 16,000 low-income students statewide, during National GEAR UP Week 2015, starting September 21. Since its inception in 1999, the national GEAR UP program has improved educational outcomes for millions of low-income students across the United States.

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A new report from the Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce shows that more “good jobs” with higher pay is on the rise for college graduates.

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Success Stories

Building Future Leaders for Tomorrow

This summer, 20 students from Farrington, Hilo, Kaimuki and Waiakea High Schools embarked on the first-ever college tour hosted by GEAR UP Hawaii. The students had the opportunity to visit five college campuses in the San Francisco Bay Area: California State University – Sacramento, Notre Dame de Namur University, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Davis, and University of San Francisco. The students also experienced college life by staying in dorms on the UC Berkeley campus and engaged in a variety of activities including industry visits to local businesses to help prepare them for college and career.

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Our Progress


As of 2014, 43.5 percent of Hawaii’s working age adults (ages 25–64) held a two- or four-year degree, according to U.S.Census Data.

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48% said Absolutely a necessity


37% said Helpful but not a necessity


14% said Not necessary


2% said Don't know

As of Summer 2015, the number of Hawaii adults polled statewide who said a college education is necessary or helpful is 85%, which is an increase of 3% from Summer 2014. (Omnitrak People’s Pulse, Summer 2015).

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In 2012­‐2013 school year, 71% of 3rd graders in HIDOE were considered proficient in reading by end of third grade (i.e. reading at grade level).

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“As Hawaii’s largest health care provider, we are always looking for skilled workers to fill a range of positions at our four hospitals and more than 50 outpatient clinics and service sites located statewide. Ensuring Hawaii’s emerging workforce is prepared to fill these jobs and the many others needed across all industries is very important to us. We encourage everyone in Hawaii, especially our business community, to join us in supporting this effort so we can meet the goal of 55 percent of working age adults holding a college degree by 2025.” — Ray Vara, President and CEO of Hawaii Pacific Health.

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