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Get students to college sooner


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 18, 2014

~~<p>Only about 42 percent of Hawaii's working-age adults hold college degrees, but by 2018 it's estimated that more than 65 percent of good-paying jobs here will require some college education. That alarming skills gap has educators throughout the state focused on ways to help more Hawaii youth rise to the challenge of higher learning. The need is especially acute among low-income children, including recent immigrants whose parents lack much schooling themselves.</p>
<p>So when a program emerges that achieves the goal of increasing Hawaii's college-going rate, policymakers, lawmakers and other elected officials should take notice. An excellent model exists at Waipahu High School, which is Hawaii's pioneer in a national initiative that should be replicated in more high schools here.</p>
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Only about 42 percent of Hawaii's working-age adults hold college degrees, but by 2018 it's estimated that more than 65 percent of good-paying jobs here will require some college education. That alarming skills gap has educators throughout the state focused on ways to help more Hawaii youth rise to the challenge of higher learning. The need is especially acute among low-income children, including recent immigrants whose parents lack much schooling themselves.

So when a program emerges that achieves the goal of increasing Hawaii's college-going rate, policymakers, lawmakers and other elected officials should take notice. An excellent model exists at Waipahu High School, which is Hawaii's pioneer in a national initiative that should be replicated in more high schools here. Login for more...



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