Hawaii public school students who earn college credits while still in high school are 1.5 times more likely to enroll in college than their peers, far surpassing state and national college-enrollment averages, a new report on the state’s so-called dual credit programs shows.
Students from Kaimuki, Nānākuli, Wai‘anae and Waipahu High Schools spoke to the Hawai‘i State Legislature about the college access program GEAR UP and the impact it has had on their success in high school and aspirations for college.
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.
Early College is an important way for students from across the state to get a head start by earning college credits for courses taken while still in high school. Increasing numbers of Hawaiʻi high school students are utilizing Early College and other dual-credit programs to get a head start on their higher education success.
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.
We are excited to launch new 55 by ‘25 commercials this week. The spots will feature high school and college students sharing their hopes and dreams about why a college degree is important to them. Look for the new TV commercials on KGMB, KHNL, KITV, and Oceanic Time Warner Cable in the coming months. A full radio schedule and digital ads also support the campaign.
Hawai‘i residents continue to value the importance of a college degree as a necessity to succeed in today’s job market. Based on the Winter 2016 People’s Pulse Survey conducted by the OmniTrak Group, 87% of Hawai‘i residents feel a 2- or 4-year college degree is necessary or helpful for the job market of today and the future.