• 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.

Logo: Hawaii P-20

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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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Star Advertiser: May 13, 2015: Having a post-secondary education provides the best opportunity for working-age adults, for the knowledge and skills attained in education beyond high school are essential to a living wage and the ability to sustain a family in Hawaii. Higher levels of education will not only benefit our state and local economy, but also the quality of life for Hawaii residents.

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Success Stories

Summer Program Prepares Students for Careers

This summer, McKinley High School coordinated a summer bridge program for seventy incoming 9th grade students. The five-week program provided students the opportunity to receive academic brush-up in math and English, meet with high-school student peer-mentors, and participate in college campus visits. One of the other highlights of the program included “Career Week” where students had the opportunity to visit local businesses representing various industries. From engineering to healthcare to hospitality and culinary arts, students toured the businesses and learned about the various skills and education needed to be successful in these industries so they could begin making plans for their own future. A big mahalo to following companies who participated in our student tours: Alan Wong’s Restaurants, Honolulu Police Department, KITV, Oceanit, Queen’s Health Systems, and Starwood Hotels.

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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 Winter 2015, the number of Hawaii adults polled statewide who said a college education is NOT necessary decreased to 13% (from 17% in Winter 2012). (Omnitrak People’s Pulse, Winter 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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