Next Steps to Your Future Initiative


Next Steps to Your Future is for our Hawai‘i’s public high school graduating Class of 2020! 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 serving over 3,000 graduating high school seniors in transitioning to post-high plans for college and career. The initiative connects soon-to-be-graduates to postsecondary education, training and or employment.


1. Hawaii P-20 Summer Advising Initiative: Connects graduating high school seniors and provides coaching, “nudging” and advising for students to make informed critical steps towards achieving their post-high plans.  Advisors 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. Students receive customized text messages from a dedicated advisor based on what their plans are for after graduation whether they are enrolling in college, entering the workforce or military or even if they are still undecided. The text messages also provides them with information and resources about important tasks to complete during the summer to prepare them for their next steps such as registering for classes if they are enrolling in college or scheduling an interview if they plan to get a job. Students can also communicate directly with their dedicated advisor to ask questions as well as schedule meetings or phone calls to discuss topics that are hard to resolve through just text messaging.

2. UHCC Summer Onramp Program: Supports students’ transition with Next Step: Career Explorations classes to explore career options and discover the education and training needed to reach their goals.  

Financial Aid Webinars for Next Steps Students – July 20-24

The sign up period for our Next Steps program has ended. Any questions please contact:

Program is only open to Hawaii State Department of Education Class of 2020 students.
The program is sponsored by University of Hawai‘i and Hawai‘i P-20.  It is generously funded by UH partners at the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, the Hawai‘i Resilience Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, Strada Education Network, the Stupski Foundation and the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation.