Success Stories

New Summer STEM Camp for Middle School Students

This summer, Big Island middle school students are participating in a new STEM camp at Hawaii Community College. The goal of the camp is to spark these young students’ minds about science, technology, engineering and math with the hopes of increasing the number of college graduates in Hawaii with expertise in STEM fields.

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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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Building Future Leaders for Tomorrow

This summer, 20 students from Farrington, Hilo, Kaimuki and Waiakea High Schools embarked on the first-ever college tour hosted by GEAR UP Hawaii. The students had the opportunity to visit five college campuses in the San Francisco Bay Area: California State University – Sacramento, Notre Dame de Namur University, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Davis, and University of San Francisco. The students also experienced college life by staying in dorms on the UC Berkeley campus and engaged in a variety of activities including industry visits to local businesses to help prepare them for college and career.

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Nanakuli Intermediate Jumps on the 55 by ʻ25 Pledge Wagon

Over 300 middle school students and faculty at Nānākuli Intermediate & High School showed their support for 55 by ’25 in their first-ever college pledge day. With the support of faculty and administrators, 35 students from the school’s AVID program, a college readiness program that provides academic and social support for students, successfully organized the event during their study hall period.

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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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