Did you know that high school students can start college now, before getting their high school diploma? It’s through the Early College High School Program (ECHS) and it’s being offered through all of the University of Hawaii Community Colleges as well as UH-Hilo and UH West Oahu.
Here with information about the program, is Lara Sugimoto, Coordinator at Honolulu Community College and Karla Ramos, a Leeward Community Student who participated in the program while at Waipahu High School.
Early College program is designed to allow more high school students to earn six or more college credits before they graduate from high school. In partnership with Hawaii P-20 Partnership for Education and support from the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation and GEARUP Hawaii, we’ve been able to provide college courses delivered at the high school campus.
The selected schools and University of Hawaii Community College campus partners are:
Hawai’i Island –
Hawai’i Community College working with Hilo High School, Keaau High School, Kealakehe High School, Kohala High School, Waiakea High School and Pahoa High School
Kaua’i Island –
Kaua’i Community College working with Kapa’a High School, and Kaua’i High School
Molokai’i Island –
UH Maui College working with Moloka’i High School
O’ahu Island –
Honolulu Community College working with Farrington High School
Kapi’olani Community College working with Kaimuki High School
Leeward Community College working with Wai’anae High School, and Waipahu High School
Windward Community College working with Kailua High School
For more information about Early College, please see your high school counselor, or visit the Gear Up website at gearup.hawaii.edu. or http://www.uhcc.hawaii.edu