A new initiative launched by the state P-20 Partnerships for Education coalition aims to encourage more Hawaii high school seniors — particularly prospective first-generation college students from low-income families — to apply for at least one college before they graduate from high school.
In the program, “College Application and Exploration Season,” representatives from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Kapiolani Community College and Honolulu Community College visit high schools, helping students fill out online applications to any UH campus of their choice.
The initiative has kicked off at Farrington High, which UH reps visited earlier this week to guide 200 seniors through the application process. The reps are returning to the school on Monday to work with an additional 200 students.
P-20 wants to arrange similar events at 11 other high schools across the state, including Waianae, Kahuku, Ka Kula o Ehunuikaimalino and Kohala.
The initiative is part of a larger goal to equip 55 percent of working-age adults with a two- or four-year degree by 2025.
Photo: Farrington High School students fill out college applications on Oct. 28, 2013. (Courtesy of P-20 Partnerships for Education)
— Alia Wong