Free short-term training courses leading to industry degrees in the resilient healthcare, technology and skilled trades sectors are being offered this summer at the University of Hawaii Community colleges through the Hana Career Pathways program. Hundreds of people will be eligible for these trainings, but those interested should apply now through the Hana Career Pathways website.
Trainings offered this summer include Certified Healthcare Nursing Aide, CompAIT industry certifications for THIS– related trades, and carpentry pre-apprenticeship, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and commercial driver’s license preparation in the skilled trades, all leading to employment and apprenticeship pathways.
“As our state continues to revitalize its economy, we must focus on educating our own residents to fill the high-demand jobs in our communities,” said uh President David Lasner. “These accelerated training courses offered by our uh Community colleges are an opportunity to create a quality labor pool for our local employers and help our communities get back to work.
Jobs and a better future
The Hana Career Pathways program prepares students to apply for registered apprenticeships and related degree programs, and connects students with work-based learning opportunities such as paid internships and guaranteed interviews with local employers.
“I was a stay-at-home mom and thought this program would be perfect for me,” said Sammilyn Pule-Kaahanuiof Molokaʻi, a recent graduate of the pharmacy technician training program at uh Maui College. “I completed the course and am now a certified pharmacy technician. I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to learn and increase their employment paths and overall improve their future. »
$2 million for tuition
More than $2 million in Hana Career Pathways funding from the U.S. Department of Education is available for tuition this year. Eligible candidates receive tuition assistance for courses and other training costs such as books and industry certification exam fees. The program is free for most eligible participants, as many courses offer a 100% subsidy to cover all costs. Complementary services are also offered to students, including advice on college and professional studies, referrals to community partners offering support services and other financial aid.
“This free summer program provides a new opportunity for high school graduates to be trained for the world of work and earn industry certifications that will help them succeed in both the job market and their careers. studies,” said Stéphane darlingexecutive Director, Hawaii P–20 Partnerships for Education. High school graduates are encouraged to explore summer training and apply online.
Financial support for Hana Career Pathways was provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Grant#V425G200038Reimagining Workforce Preparation: Hana Career Pathways in the amount of $13,370,383.58 for the period of October 1, 2020 to September 29, 2023. Grants from the Ascendium Education Group, Hawaii Community Foundation and the Harold KL Castle Foundation support the uh Community college coordination with industry partners in targeted sectors identified as recession resilient in Hawaii‘s Talent Roadmap to Recovery, published by the Hawaii Executive collaboration.