Hawai‘i P-20’s newest initiative is the 6-16 College and Career Guidance Program (“6-16”) grant. Jointly supported by the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation and Hawai‘i P-20, the 6-16 grant will help to develop and implement a comprehensive college and career guidance program in partnership with their feeder middle schools and post-secondary education partners (University of Hawai‘i campuses). The focus of the 6-16 grant is on creating smoother educational pipelines where students receive consistent information and assistance in planning for their college and career aspirations.
Hawai‘i P-20 has selected five partnership teams to participate in the 6-16 grant:
- Hilo High School, Hilo Intermediate School, and Hawai‘i Community College
- Pearl City High School, Highlands Intermediate School, and Leeward Community College
- Wai‘anae High School, Wai‘anae Intermediate School, Leeward Community College, and the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu
- Waimea High School, Waimea Canyon Middle School, and Kaua‘i Community College
- Waipahu High School, Waipahu Intermediate School, and Leeward Community College
Over the course of the 2017-18 school year, Hawai‘i P-20 convened the partnership teams at several technical assistance meetings (including a national conference), provided access to local and national speakers well versed in best practices in college and career advising, and facilitated meetings where a guidance program framework, implementation plan, and budget specific to each school will be developed. Starting the 2018-19 school year, Hawai‘i P-20 will assist schools in implementing their guidance plans over the following two years.