What is Jump Start?
Jump Start is a pilot project that allows public high school seniors to enroll full-time in career and technical education programs at Honolulu Community College, Kapi'olani Community College, Leeward Community College, or Kaua'i Community College.
Students earn high school credit for college courses they successfully complete during their senior year. Students can also still participate in their high school co-curricular activities such as sports, clubs, band, prom, and special committees.
The project initially began with four pilot high schools: Farrington, Kaimuki, McKinley, and Roosevelt; and two community colleges: Honolulu and Kapi'olani.
In academic/school year 2013-14, the program is expanding to Leeward Community College, Kaua'i Community College, and six Leeward high schools: Campbell, Kapolei, Nanakuli, Pearl City, Wai'anae, and Waipahu, and three Kaua'i high schools: Kapa'a, Kaua'i, Waimea.
What is the purpose of the Jump Start program?
The Jump Start program has been established to provide career and technical education opportunities to high school students whose interests are not currently being served by their high school.
What are the advantages of participating in the Jump Start program?
The program offers dual credit to the participating high school students. For each community college course students successfully complete, students will earn high school credit toward graduation while working towards a college degree or certificate.