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Early educational planning is one of the most important aspects of preparing students for college. That is why we continue to support and actively participate in many initiatives and programs that better prepare students for college.

The UH Community Colleges are working with the Hawai'i P-20 Partnerships for Education, the Hawai'i State Board of Education (BOE) and the Department of Education (DOE) to better prepare students for entry into community colleges. To reach the Hawai'i Graduation Initiative goals, more students from the DOE need to enroll in college and they need to be better prepared when they do.

Initiatives Include:
American Diploma Project - A national project to raise high school graduation requirements, align curriculum with national common core standards, and better prepare students for college and living wage careers. In Hawai'i, the American Diploma Project has led to a revised Board of Education Recognition diploma and the "Step-Up" effort to encourage students to voluntarily meet these higher standards. As part of the Race to the Top project, the BOE is currently considering making the more rigorous graduation standards mandatory for all high school graduates by 2018.

BOE sets courses for new diplomas, April 10, 2011, Star Advertiser
BOE Panel advances diploma changes, June 22, 2011, Star Advertiser

GEAR UP - A federal program dedicated to helping low-income students prepare for college. While the programs have previously focused on students prior to entering college, the newest grant application now includes first year community college. The current grant application provides for...

College Access Portal - Funded by a College Access Challenge Grant, the Community Colleges are working with P-20, the State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, and the DOE to create an on-line environment where high school students and their parents can get information and plan for college. The site would allow students to build their portfolio, match high school courses to college entrance requirements, obtain career planning information, and automatically apply for college and financial. ConnectEDU is the vendor for the project, which is expected to be available to students by Fall 2011.

Running Start and Jump Start - Programs for students who are ready for college and want a head start. These programs allow students to attend college classes while earning both high school and college credits.

iCAN - A fast-track career and workforce certification student support program designed to help you find your career pathway and then to improve your reading, writing, and math skills in preparation for one of our exciting certification programs. Explore your career options through our Career Matchmaking workshops. Receive the training you need to certify for employment or advancement in a demand industry: renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and healthcare.