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, has completed the first project in its new pilot apprenticeship program launched last year.
The program allows students to practice valuable job skills like punctuality and communication while working in real-world scenarios and earning a small stipend. Four students enrolled in a construction apprenticeship this past fall and winter designed and built a doghouse, which recently sold for $500.
Proceeds raised from the doghouse will directly fund the program, and the next project – a fruit stand – is already in progress.
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 program has graduated four cohorts since launching nearly 3 years ago, serving more than 60 students in total. 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. For more, call Hale Kipa’s Kauai office at (808) 246-4898.
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