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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Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi, in partnership with Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education and Raising a Reader, launched an early childhood literacy program at Kalihi Kai Elementary School and Linapuni Elementary School. More than 120 kindergarteners at these two schools will be participating in Always Reading, a program designed to increase literacy by encouraging more family involvement.

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Hawaii P-20 Executive Director Karen Lee went on Think Tech Hawaii to raise awareness about the 55 by ’25 campaign.

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Success Stories

Hawaii Gets High Marks for Education

The U.S. Department of Education is giving Hawaii a flawless progress report on reforms that replaced provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law. The report, obtained by The Associated Press, shows that Hawaii received the highest mark of “meeting expectations” for all categories of monitoring. Only a handful of states achieved such high scores, the department said.

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Farrington High School Students Visit Bank of Hawaii

Earlier this month, twenty-four Farrington High School Business Academy students visited the downtown offices of Bank of Hawaii. Students met with employees and learned about different career paths within the bank and also got to tour the  building including fitness center, cafeteria, safety deposit vault and downtown branch.

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Our Progress


UPDATED! As of 2013, 44.3 percent (up from 42.6% in 2012) of Hawaii’s working age adults (ages 25–64) held a two­‐ or four­‐year degree, according to U.S.Census Data. That's 11, 332 more adults with a postsecondary degree in 2013 vs. 2012.

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40% said Absolutely a necessity


45% said Helpful but not a necessity


13% said Not necessary


2% said Don't know

As of Summer 2014, the number of Hawaii adults polled statewide who said a college education is NOT necessary decreased to 15% (from 17% in Winter 2012). (Omnitrak People’s Pulse, Winter 2014)

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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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