Opportunities for high school students to earn college credit

Innovative solutions for a broad range of students

Hawaiʻi Community College
Barbara White,
Assoc. State Dir. for Career and Technical Ed.
Posted: Jul 14, 2009

HONOLULU, Hawaiʻi — Earning University of Hawaiʻi Community College credits while in high school may be within reach of more students as the Hawaiʻi Department of Education and the University of Hawaiʻi Community College System signed dual credit agreements for a marketing program of study on June 26, 2009.

A Career and Technical Education (CTE) Dual Credit Articulated Program of Study (DCAPS) enables students who successfully master a set of standards and assessments in their high school programs to earn college credits free of charge. Specifically, students in high school marketing programs of study will have the opportunity to earn University of Hawaiʻi Community College marketing program of study credits.

"Having the statewide dual credit agreements with the community colleges allows for more opportunities for high school students to have a seamless transition into postsecondary institutions. Furthermore, the agreements serve as an innovative solution during this critical time of state program and budget cuts," said Lowell Kalapa of Tax Foundation of Hawaiʻi and a CTE business industry partner. Earning free community college credits while in high school saves time and money and allows students to efficiently complete their degree.

Hawaiʻi is one of six states awarded a federal grant to develop statewide Career and Technical Education dual credit programs of study. The marketing program of study is the first to be implemented under the grant.

CTE programs are offered in all of Hawaiʻi‘s public high schools and community colleges. The University of Hawaiʻi Career and Technical Education Center provides administrative leadership, direction, and coordination for CTE in Hawaiʻi and coordinates with other agencies engaged in economic development, workforce education and training.

For more information, visit: http://www.hawaii.edu/cte