Ua ao Hawai‘i ke ‘ōlino nei mālamalama.
Hawai‘i is enlightened, for the brightness of day is here.
Hawai‘i is in an era of education.


Hawaii Job Corps Center
41-467 Hihimanu St. Waimanalo, HI 96795

  • Provides a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor 
  • Teaches eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent and placing them in meaningful jobs or further education


  • Provides basic education, vocational, and social skills training for out-of-school youth;
  • Has a GED Program;
  • Provides job placement assistance;
  • Offers free on-campus dormitory style housing;
  • Each dormitory has bathroom and shoer facilities, laundry facilities, TV rooms, lounges, and vending machines
  • Three nutritious meals each day at no cost to the student;
  • Wellness center open daily for basic medical, dental, and vision services along with other health-related programs (e.g., weight management, smoking cessation, etc);
  • Basic living allowance provided based on academic career skills achievement;
  • Training can take anywhere from eight months to two years;


  • Youth ages 16-24 years old;
  • Meet federal low income guidelines

Campus Tours offered every other Thursday at 9:00am

For more information, please contact the Hawaii Job Corps via phone or visit website.

Hawaiʻi National Guard Youth Challenge Academy (HINGYCA) in Kalaeloa
91-1001 Shangrila Street, Kapolei, HI 96707
  • Voluntary 22-week residential program (offers two cohorts per calendar year from January to June OR July to December)
  • Upon graduating, cadets receive 12 month post-residential mentoring from a mentor in their community
  • Cadets will earn a General Education Development (GED) diploma through the Competency-Based program


  • Have the commitment to change lie;
  • Between 16 and 18 years of age on the start date
  • At-risk of dropping out or has dropped out of high school
  • Unemployed or underemployed
  • Drug-free upon entering the program
  • Must not be under any indictment, have charges pending, or convicted of a felony
  • Enter voluntarily
  • Possess the physical and mental ability to participate and complete the program
  • Have a mentor prospect
  • Orientations are on Thursdays at 9:00 am, March to May, and September to December; all other dates by appointment only

For more information, please contact HINGYCA via phone or visit their website and facebook page. 

Kamehameha Schools' (KS) Kamehameha Scholars
 TOLL-FREE: 1-800-842-4682 ext. 8800
  • Supports Native Hawaiian students in achieving a higher education degree, entering the career of their choosing, and cultivating their ability t be servant leaders


  • A supplementary educational enrichment program with a focus on college and career guidance;
  • Students will discover and assess their skills, interests, and values and explore matching post-high institutions and career options to develop plans for their future
  • Offers counseling and guidance services to first-year college campus students;
  • Year-round program that supports students in grades 9-12 to prepare for and be admitted to college

Applicants wanting to be considered under the KS' preference policy must verify Hawaiian Ancestry through the Ho'oulu Hawaiian Data Center.

For more information, please contact Kamehameha Scholars via phone or visit website. 

Susannah Wesley Community Center (SWCC)
1117 Kaili Street, Honolulu, HI 96819
  • Provides Hawaiʻi Competency Based High School Diploma Program (C-Based) to youth ages 16-23
  • Contact Tammy Nakamatsu ( 808-847-1535) for information
  • Project Hoʻomohala provides transition services to those being served by the mental health, special education, foster care, and juvenile justice systems
  • Offers transition services in the areas of access to education, employment, housing, and other life skills through peer support, mentoring, family / caregiver support
  • Contact Carol Imanaka at ( 808-847-1535) for information


Kapiʻolani Community College (KCC)
4303 Diamond Head Rd., Honolulu, HI 96816
☎ 808-734-9000
  • Credit programs: Accounting; Adult Residential Care Home Operator or Nurse Aides; Biotechnician, Culinary Arts; Dental Assisting; Emergency Medical Technician, Entrepreneurship; Exercise and Sport Science; Hawaiian Studies; Hospitality & Tourism; Information Technology; Legal Education (Paralegal); Liberal Arts; Marketing; Medical Assisting; Medical Laboratory Technician; Mobile Intensive Care Technician; Natural Sciences (STEM); New Media Arts; Nursing: Long-Term Care Nurse Aide; Practical Nursing (PRCN); Transition for Licensed Practical Nurses; Registered Nurse Preparation; Occupational Therapy Assistant; Physical Therapist Assistant; Radiologic Technology; Respiratory Care Practitioner; Second Language Teaching (SLT)
  • Non-credit programs: Adult Residential Care Home Operator for RNs and LPNs, Mammography, Massage Therapy; Pharmacy Tech, Phlebotomy; Surgical Technology Program
  • 2015-2016 tuition: $120 per credit; $1,440 per semester for 12 credits (full-time)
  • Application deadline August 1st  for Fall; December 1st for Spring; June 15th for Summer
  • TRIO Student Support Services assist students to graduate and/or transfer to a baccalaureate educational institution within four years; contact KCC TRIO Office ( 808-734-9553)
  • Alani Children’s Center provides childcare for students and faculty of KCC; application deadline is January 2nd for Fall and June 1st for Spring; tuition covers breakfast, lunch, and snack
  • Disability Support Services Office (DSSO) provides accommodations to students with documented disabilities for equal access to education; contact DSSO ( 808-734-9552)
  • Kuilei Outreach Program provides information and help to high school students and current and former foster youth to transition into KCC; contact the KCC Kuilei Outreach Program ( 808-734-9399) (kuilei@hawaii.edu)
Leeward Community College (LCC)
96-045 Ala ʻIke St., Pearl City, HI 96782
☎ 808-455-0011
  • Associates of Arts (AA) and Associates of Science (AS) degrees in Liberal Arts, Teaching, Science, Automotive Tech, Accounting, Business Technology, Management, Business Transfer, Culinary Arts, Digital Media, Nursing, Information and Computer Science, Native Hawaiian Programs, Plant Bioscience Technology, Process Technology, Substance Abuse Counseling, Television Production
  • 2015-2016 tuition: $120 per credit; $1,440 per semester for 12 credits (full-time)
  • Application deadline July 15th for Fall; December 1st for Spring
  • Kakoʻo ʻIke (KI) Program provides support for students with documented disabilities; contact LCC Counselor Blake Hunrick ( 808-455-0243) or LCC Disability Specialist / Program Coordinator Kris Hernández (khernand@hawaii.edu)
  • Current and former foster youth may contact LCC Transfer Coordinator Lawrence “Larry” Andres ( 808-455-0211) (adresl@hawaii.edu) for any help and information on transitioning into college life
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM)
Office of Admissions & Records, 2600 Campus Rd, Rm. 001, Honolulu, HI 96822
  • $70 Application fee and completed application
  • Requirements for freshman applicants:
  • Official high school transcript
  • Minimum high school cumulative GPA of 2.80
  • High school rank within the top 40 percent
  • SAT (510 minimum per test) or ACT (minimum 22)
Required high school coursework:
  • 4 English
  • 3 Math (including Algebra II and Geometry)
  • 3 Natural Science
  • 3 Social Studies
  • 4 College Prep (e.g., language, fine arts)
  • 5 Electives
  • Transfer students must have completed 24 credits of transferrable college-level credits and must have at least a minimum 2.8 GPA
  • Tuition for general undergraduate courses is $5,436 per semester for 12 credits ($453 per credit; $10,872 per year)
  • Priority deadline January 5th for Fall; September 1st for Spring
  • Regular deadline May 1st for Fall or October 1st for Spring