• 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!

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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.

Logo: Hawaii P-20

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News

High school students in Hawaiʻi are earning college credits at rapidly rising rates thanks to a collaboration between the University of Hawaiʻi and the Hawaiʻi Department of Education called Early College, which offers the opportunity for students to take college courses at their high school and earn credit toward their high school graduation and college degree.

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Success Stories

Statewide Cash for College Challenge Launched

More Hawai‘i public high schools are participating in this year’s Cash for College FAFSA Challenge, a campaign to help make college more affordable for students. The challenge encourages seniors to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, which helps students identify financial aid available to them.

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Our Progress

44.9%

As of 2017, 44.9 percent of Hawaii’s working age adults (ages 25–64) held a two- or four-year degree, according to U.S.Census Data.

48%

Since the launch of the Hawai‘i Graduation Initiative, the University of Hawai‘i has awarded thousands more degrees and certificates.

71%

The 4-year college enrollment rate of Hawai‘i DOE graduates immediately after high school has increased over four years, from 26% for the Class of 2012 to 32 percent for the Class of 2016.

Why College

Check our our 55 by ʻ25 PSAs 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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