Hale Kipa’s School Success Program on Kauai, which assists youth and young adults up to age 22 with GED, credit-recovery and skills-based education, is planning its fourth graduation ceremony since launching 2 ½ years ago.
Graduations are held in December and May, with 14 planning to graduate in the cohort next month. Nearly 60 students will have graduated from the program in total. Multiple graduates in each class have been awarded Wai‘ale‘ale Project Scholarships to enroll at Kauai Community College, and nearly all others secure full-time employment.
New this year is a pilot apprenticeship program that allows students to practice valuable job skills like punctuality and communication while working in real-world scenarios and earning a small stipend. Four students are currently enrolled in a construction apprenticeship, where they have designed and built a doghouse. Proceeds raised from the doghouse will directly fund the program, and additional projects are already planned, including a fruit stand and a tool shed.
A special curriculum has been designed by Hale Kipa to support the hands-on learning. Twelve students total have participated in the program to date, including work in landscaping and a café.
The program supplements Hale Kipa’s Skills Course curriculum, which can be completed in 6-7 months and requires 100 hours of verified work or volunteer service in addition to coursework. Classes, which are held three days each week, are designed to build core competencies necessary for successful adult life, focusing on five primary subject areas: Health & Wellness; Community Knowledge; Budget & Finance; Career Planning; and U.S Government.
The School Success staff have also recently been certified as literacy tutors from Hawaii Literacy to better assist students with literacy needs.
The School Success Program has near-perfect attendance from its students, who receive intensive support from Hale Kipa, including transportation, meals, tutoring, and connections to work and volunteer opportunities, to help facilitate the successful completion of coursework.
Enrollment is ongoing and open to youth and young adults interested in completing missed high school coursework (credit recovery); earning their GED; or earning a Hale Kipa Skills Course Certification. Formerly open only to participants already enrolled in Hale Kipa programs, School Success no longer requires a formal referral or previous involvement with Hale Kipa.
For more information, call Hale Kipa’s Kauai office at (808) 246-4898.
PHOTOS COURTESY KYLA DILL
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