EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

 

Bridging business with education to create a more cohesive and stabilized local talent pipeline is more relevant and necessary now than ever before. The Chamber’s Education and Workforce Development department partners with Hawaii’s education, business, and community leaders to expand access to higher education, provide meaningful work-based learning opportunities and support homegrown talent to secure the future generation of Hawaii’s workforce.

Building Pathways to the Future

Introducing Hawaii is Hiring

We’re proud to launch Hawaii is Hiring – a new one-stop resource designed to connect Hawaii residents impacted by COVID-19 with employment and training resources. It provides local job seekers and new graduates with a streamlined job board and simple access to training and education tools valued in Hawaiʻi’s in-demand and emerging industries.

Hawaii is Hiring also helps residents find local short-term certificate programs and earn-and-learn opportunities like internships and apprenticeships that provide workers of all ages with opportunities to gain new skills to re-enter the workforce.

We’re committed to helping Hawaiʻi residents impacted by COVID-19 find new employment and prepare for career paths that align with Hawaii’s economy of the future.

Visit Hawaii is Hiring and get started today!

Sector Partnerships

The Chamber, in partnership with the University of Hawaii, brings industry leaders together with education, workforce development agencies, labor, and community organizations to address shared economic and workforce development opportunities. Through collective action, Hawaii’s leaders collaborate around solutions that support talent pipeline development, growth and competitiveness of the sector.

FAFSA

We support Hawaii P-20’s efforts to ensure Hawaii families complete the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to open the door to need-based federal financial aid and other merit-based scholarships.

Promising Credentials - Coming in September!

An in-depth study is being conducted to identify the Industry-Recognized Credentials that Hawaii employers value most. Using labor market data and employer insights, the Promising Credentials project will ensure the workforce development happening in our schools and communities matches the demand to fill high skill positions in local businesses.

 

Support for Virtual Learning

 

Free Virtual Career and Technical Education Chats for Hawaii Students

The Chamber has partnered with the State’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) office to help Hawaii students impacted by the COVID-19 school closures continue their learning remotely through virtual career chats on Nepris.

We’ve seen an impressive show of support from various community members who were able to share their expertise and give our students a first-hand look at what it takes to succeed in their industry.

Click HERE to access our archive of local industry chats!

Hear from Ellen Ng, Economic Development Specialist at the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation about what it’s like to work in the exciting field of technology and innovation in Hawaii.

Aired on April 8, 2020


Hear from speakers “Uncle” Paul Logan and Barbara Logan, founders/owners of Uncle’s Hawaiian Ice Cream Sandwiches on what it’s like to run an ice cream business in Hawaii.

Aired on April 9, 2020


Anthony Garcia, Recruiter at NSC Technologies chats about starting a lucrative career in the Shipyards and various career paths available to those of all skill levels.

Aired on April 13, 2020


Chat with Susan Hanes, Director of Development at Dana Labels about the array of careers in the graphic design and print production industry in Hawaii.

Aired on April 15, 2020


Robin Kennedy, Vice President at Hagadone Media-Digital Services chats about the exciting career opportunities and pathways in Hawaii, within the ever-evolving and exciting tech and digital media industry.

Aired on April 21, 2020

Hear from Jordan Ng, Well-Being Consultant at HMSA, about exciting careers in the health and wellness industry, as well as the many benefits of exercise that contribute to long-term health and overall vitality.

Aired on April 28, 2020

President and CEO of Kaka’ako Kasuals, Kiakahi Wong, covers areas such as design, manufacturing and the different types of jobs that exist in the supply chain. Attendees will also be able to ask questions about Hawaii’s fashion industry and more.

Aired April 29, 2020

Creating a Freelance Career Where You Make Money

*Video Coming Soon!*

Learn from a local professional how to turn your writing skills into a freelance job that can be done remotely and flexibly. Students and teachers will learn about building a client base, growing a business, and the writing skills needed to be successful.

Aired on May 8, 2020


Explore the types of engineering projects we work on at Navatek. We help our partners in the Department of Defense, academia, and other scientific fields.  Discover what it’s like to be an engineer here!

Aired on May 12, 2020

Plan a Career in Writing and Impact your Community

*Video Coming Soon!*

Learn why fostering strong writing skills increases career prospects, regardless of your professional background. Michelle Regan from HMSA will talk about the future of writing careers, and ways those skills can be used to positively impact communities.

Aired on May 13, 2020


Learn how industry-recognized certifications can increase your job prospects in the tech industry. Kelly Qian from eWorld talks about her career path and the ways she used certifications to become an IT Project Manager.

Aired on May 21, 2020

Other Support for Students

Return to Learn - School Reopening Plan

The Hawaii Department of Education is working alongside state and federal agencies to safely reopen schools in Fall 2020. Click here to keep up to date with the latest information on what staff, parents, and students can expect once school reopens. 

Health Hotline and Telehealth for DOE Students

Hawai’i State Department of Education (HIDOE) students and families will have access to a new no-cost health hotline and telehealth services provided by the Hawai’i Keiki: Healthy and Ready to Learn Program (HK), effective Friday, May 1. These new services will deliver equitable access to health resources and care for HIDOE students using mobile devices and interactive technology.

The health hotline can be reached at (844) 436-3888 (toll free) and is available Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Telehealth is the safe and confidential delivery of health care services using interactive technology. Students’ information will be kept private in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) guidelines.

Click here to learn more

Summer Grab-and-Go Student Meals

The Summer Grab-and-Go Meal Program wrapped up on July 17, 2020 and served over 1.3 million meals to Hawaii’s keiki! 

Click here to read more.

Resources for Educators and Families
  • Visit the DOE resource page to keep up to date with the latest information regarding COVID-19 response efforts from the Hawaii Department of Education.
  • The Hawaii Distance Learning Forum serves as a sounding board for local educators to collaborate and have shared discussion on best practices regarding distance learning and how to effectively keep students engaged virtually.