The Early College High School Program (ECHS) is an initiative designed to allow more high school students to earn six or more college credits before they graduate from high school. Over the next three years, Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education, with the support of the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation and GEAR UP Hawai‘i, will invest more than $1.2 million of resources to fund tuition and expenses and provide technical assistance to selected high schools working in partnership with University of Hawai‘i campuses, to provide high school-based early college courses.
The Early College High School Program is part of a cohesive effort to bring an early college high school model successful in other states, where students have the option of earning both an associate’s degree and a high school diploma by their high school graduation, to Hawai‘i. The purpose of these grants is to develop best practices for early college high schools such that more students graduate with college credits and better preparation for their future degree/career. The program will serve up to 3,200 students statewide.
The selected schools will provide early college courses over a three year period with the goal of increasing the number of high school students taking early college courses and the number of college credits students receive by their high school graduation. Technical assistance will be provided through the Early College High School Program to assist grantees in understanding and best utilizing their current resources, as well as offering guidance to grantees to reach their three-year goals for the program. In addition, a community of learners will be developed to allow grantees to share their best practices and identify barriers and solutions to common challenges.
The selected schools and University of Hawai‘i campus partners are:
– Hilo High School working with Hawai‘i Community College
– Kealakehe High School working with Hawai‘i Community College
– Kohala High School working with Hawai‘i Community College and University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
– Waiakea High School working with Hawai‘i Community College
Kaua‘i – working with Kaua‘i Community College:
– Kapa‘a High School
– Kaua‘i High School
Moloka‘i – working with University of Hawai‘i Maui College:
– Moloka‘i High School
– Farrington High School working with Honolulu Community College
– Kailua High School working with Windward Community College
– Kaimuki High School working with Kapi‘olani Community College
– Wai‘anae High School working with Leeward Community College and University of Hawai‘i at West O‘ahu
– Waipahu High School working with Leeward Community College and University of Hawai‘i at West O‘ahu
For more information on the program please contact: Nicole Atwood at 808-956-3771 or firstname.lastname@example.org.