• 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.

Join us and pledge your support today!

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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.

Logo: Hawaii P-20

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News

The 2015-16 55 by ’25 grassroots campaign was an overwhelming success. Over 5,500 new pledges were generated by students in 14 elementary, middle and high schools statewide. Most importantly, each of these student-led efforts to get the word out about Hawaii’s education goal and to generate pledges helped to build a stronger college-going culture on campuses. Thank you to the many teachers, counselors and advisors that we worked with this year to make our campaign efforts a success, and to the students who pledged their commitment to helping Hawaii achieve it’s education goal of 55% of working age adults holding a 2- or 4-year college degree by 2025.

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – More Hawaii high school students are earning college credits before graduating. But the percentage of Hawaii graduates who actually went to college didn’t budge in 2015, a new report shows.

 

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Success Stories

Students Create, Organize and Lead Successful Pledge Events

Spring was a stellar month for 55 by ‘25 pledge events! Hilo High School’s AVID students were one of the many groups that have been busy raising awareness about the importance of college throughout their community and in their neighboring schools. Their mission: promote the 55 by ’25 message and encourage Hilo’s youngest students to pledge for college. The result: Over 1,500 pledges. A huge success!

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Our Progress

43.5%

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%

43% said Absolutely a necessity

37%

44% said Helpful but not a necessity

14%

11% said Not necessary

2%

2% said Don't know

As of Winter 2016, the number of Hawaii adults polled statewide who said a college education is necessary or helpful is 87%, which is an increase of 2% from Summer 2015. (Omnitrak People’s Pulse, Winter 2016).

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71%

In 2013-2014 school year,65% 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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Why College

We are excited to feature our new 55 by ʻ25 commercials that highlight current high school and college students sharing their hopes and dreams about why a college degree is important to them.

Liza - Kaimuki HS

Akira - UH Manoa

Shirell - UH West Oahu

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Testimonials

View testimonials from students of all ages on what college means to them.

Randie/Reese - Manoa Elementary

Diana - UH Manoa

Testimonials

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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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