Windward Community College receives $2.1M grant for high school program.
The Harold K.L. Castle Foundation and Kamehameha Schools has given a $2.1 million grant to Windward Community College in Kaneohe to expand its early college high school program, which allows Windward Oahu students to earn college credits while still in high school.
The five-year grant provides approximately 1,309 additional college credits with a priority going toward first-generation college attendees and low-income high school students.
“Like Kamehameha Schools, we believe that far more high school students can attain a college degree and then secure a living-wage job for their families when given the chance,” Terry George, president and CEO of the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, said in a statement. “Earning college credits while still in high school improves the life trajectory of the student, their family and the entire community.”
George said the grant will enable more than 100 students to graduate on time from high school with both a high school and associate’s degree.
Windward Community College will use the grant funds to support hiring a coordinator based at the college, as well as provide funding for student textbooks and supplies, travel costs and professional development for staff.
Anna Hrushka covers money and technology for Pacific Business New