COVID-19 pandemic disrupted Hawaii’s high school seniors’ final high school year and graduation celebrations. Many graduates’ plans are disrupted. The University of Hawaii Community Colleges and Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education, together with community partners, are supporting this year’s Hawaii public high school graduates in planning for their future.

The “Next Steps to Your Future” initiative is reaching out to 10,000 graduating high school seniors to engage students in transitioning to post-high plans for career. The initiative connects soon-to-be-graduates to postsecondary education, training and or employment through:

1.     Hawaii P-20 Summer Advising Initiative: Connect with graduating high school seniors and provide coaching, “nudging” and advising for students to make informed critical steps towards achieving their post-high plans.  Advisors will guide students through their summer transition towards college or career, including nudging messages through a texting campaign, building on a Hawaii P-20 pilot project previously implemented in a few high schools. To sign up text “nextsteps” to (808) 460-8360 or click here.

2.     UHCC Summer Onramp Program: Support students’ transition with Next Step: Career Explorations classes to explore career options and discover the education and training needed to reach their goals. For more information on these classes click here.