College-bound Wai‘anae Coast seniors get a head start through Onipa‘a

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Monday, April 21 2014 @ 03:32 PM HST     Contributed by: Shaun Chillingworth     Views:11

High school seniors on the Wai‘anae Coast have an opportunity to earn college credit before classes even start. Through ‘Onipa‘a, a college transition program for Nānākuli High & Intermediate (NHIS) and Wai‘anae High School (WHS) seniors, students can earn one college credit by completing the five-day program.

The program is open to seniors who are planning to attend UH West O‘ahu, UH Mānoa or Leeward Community College Wai‘anae or Pearl City. Students participate in both in-class and out-of-class learning experience to prepare them for the rigor of college life. Students will visit each school to learn about available support services, familiarize themselves with campus and connect with peer mentors. Participants will also experience dormitory living with an overnighter at UH Mānoa.

This year’s program will run from June 2-6, 2014. Over these five days, participants gain knowledge about what is needed to be successful in college. The aim is to nurture a student mindset of resilience, determination and connection for post-high success.

“Research validates that persistence to the 2nd year of college is strongly correlated to post-secondary degree attainment,” said Andrea Dias, Kamehameha Schools Kui Lei team program manager.

“Students will also be required to participate in follow-up activities to provide them academic, personal and emotional support to increase the likeliness that they will complete their first year of college and persist to their second year.”

Students can also continue to connect with their Onipa‘a peer mentors during the school year.

Onipa‘a is made possible through a collaboration between the University of Hawai‘i, Gear Up Hawai‘i, TRIO Student Support Services and Kamehameha Schools’ Ka Pua Initiative.

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