Education, jobs for an innovation economy

Posted on Dec 19, 2019 in Capitol Connection, Featured
The Entrepreneurs Sandbox: A space for 21st century start-ups.

The Entrepreneurs Sandbox: A space for 21st century start-ups.

UH system developing workforce in high-demand areas – From health care to cybersecurity, the 10 UH campuses are training people for the state’s greatest needs. UH Mānoa students’ on-time graduation rate has doubled in the last decade, and its graduate programs have received national recognition.

  • 2019 HACC provides innovative solutions for government challenges – Nearly 200 student and community coders competed for cash prizes with tech solutions related to “green” loans, EV charging stations and sharing sustainable ideas among schools. The annual event, inspired by Governor Ige, nurtures local talent for future jobs.
  • Kaka‘ako’s Entrepreneurs Sandbox promotes innovation sector jobs – The Sandbox, which opened in fall 2019, provides an event space, digital media studio, large projection screen, meeting rooms, and a hub for the tech and creative media community — part of the governor’s effort to promote economic diversification and create more high-paying jobs.
  • Work by UH researchers protects Hawai‘i – Scientific research on climate change, coral reef management, cancer discoveries, incoming asteroids and more is helping to keep residents and the islands protected.
Governor and Mrs. Ige, family members, DOE officials, military personnel and students at the dedication of new facilities at Solomon Elementary.

Governor and Mrs. Ige, family members, DOE officials, military personnel and students at the dedication of new facilities at Solomon Elementary.

HIDOE 2030 Promise Plan to guide public schools – The plan for the next 10 years is based on five bold promises to students: Hawai‘i, Equity, School Design, Empowerment and Innovation. Based on input from several thousand community participants, the plan is expected to be approved by the Board of Education in early 2020.

  • Grow Our Own Teachers Initiative –HIDOE and the UH College of Education are helping more residents become teachers in priority areas with fully subsidized tuition of up to $20,000 per person annually.
  • Early College offerings keep growing – More students statewide are earning college credits toward an associate or bachelor’s degree while still in high school to save on college tuition and get a head start on careers.
  • More federal funds to improve facilities, resources – HIDOE secured sizeable grants to advance dual language and literacy, building renovation and student mental health in low-income families.
  • ‘Ohana Readers pilot project launched on Moloka‘i – The program, coordinated by First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige, several community partners and state departments, will deliver free books to the island’s keiki through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

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