43 Hawaii, Kauai schools land grants
The Hawaii Community Foundation’s (HCF) announced Monday it distributed Career Connected Learning Grants to 43 schools and nonprofits on Hawaii Island and Kauai to expand the range of experiences for students to develop academic, technical, trade, and entrepreneurial skills.
The grants aim to prepare Hawaii’s students for the workforce of the future. Because the fastest growing industries of tomorrow require training in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), these grants support programming with strong STEM components.
Career Connected Learning grants also provide funding for industry-based design challenges and internships, as well as training for teachers and parents to help students through complex decisions as they transition into working adulthood.
“The need for STEM-literacy in Hawaii continues to grow at a rapid pace. Today’s students will be tomorrow’s leaders at the intersection of exciting fields like renewable energy, health care, marine science, and agriculture,” said Micah Kane, CEO and president of HCF.
The foundation launched the Hawaii Island-based STEM learning program in 2014 when Thirty Meter Telescope created the THINK Fund at HCF and committed resources.