With many local employers looking to fill vacancies, including thousands of essential healthcare jobs across the state, the University of Hawaii Community colleges continue to offer free, short-term training leading to industry degrees in the resilient healthcare, technology, and skilled trades sectors through the Hana Career Pathways program. Applications for fall trainings are now available on the Hana Career Pathways website.
A variety of sessions of different lengths offered from August to December include a Certified Healthcare Nursing Aide, THIS certifications and courses such as HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and certification as an arborist in the skilled trades, leading to paid employment and apprenticeship pathways.
“Employers are stepping up their collaboration with uh Community colleges to fill important, well-paying jobs across the state,” said uh Vice President for Community Colleges Erika Lacro. “We hope that our Hawaii residents will take this opportunity for free training, with hands-on experiences and support services, to find employment in an exciting new field or to advance their careers.
The Hana Career Pathways program prepares students to apply for registered apprenticeships and related degree programs, and connects students with work-based learning opportunities such as paid internships and guaranteed interviews with local employers.
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Kristie Doss-Chinggraduate nursing student (CNA) training program at Leeward Community College, was one of 10 students who were offered jobs as CNAs during training. She said the program will help students gain valuable experience in practical nursing, since CNAs are the ones who see and work the most with patients.
“Even before the end of the course, I had a job offer in hand, like everyone else in my class. Healthcare is a growing field, and nurses and CNAs in particular are desperately needed right now all over the country, and especially here in HawaiiDoss-Ching said. “I joined the training program because I had been laid off from the job I had worked in the hospitality industry for over 30 years, since March 2020 due to COVID. I knew I am not getting any younger , that health care is a growing field, that I had experience with family members and that I could do it, I knew that I wanted to learn more about nursing skills and I needed a job, so this was a win-win opportunity for me.
More than $2 million in Hana Career Pathways funding from the U.S. Department of Education is available for tuition this year. Eligible candidates receive tuition assistance for courses and other training costs such as books and industry certification exam fees. The program is free for most eligible participants, as many courses offer a 100% subsidy to cover all costs. Complementary services are also offered to students, including advice on college and professional studies, referrals to community partners offering support services and other financial aid.
“Demand for entry-level healthcare jobs has increased significantly during the pandemic and is expected to remain high. We appreciate the collaboration with the uh Community Colleges to create programs that combine the training and employment process,” said Janna Hoshide, of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii Senior Director of Workforce Development. “Through this program, employers also provide additional on-the-job skills training to support the student’s transition to their new job. This innovative model has enabled students to start new careers in healthcare and helped our members fill critical positions, but there remains a great need for additional students to fill a variety of vacancies across the State.
Learn more and apply online for ongoing training.
Financial support for Hana Career Pathways was provided by U.S. Department of Education Federal Grant #V425G200038, Reimagining Workforce Preparation: Hana Career Pathways, in the amount of $13,370,383.58 for the period of October 1, 2020 to September 29, 2023. Ascendium Education Group, Hawaii Community Foundation and the Harold KL Castle Foundation support the uh Community college coordination with industry partners in targeted sectors identified as recession resilient in HawaiiTalent roadmap to recoveryissued by the Hawaii Executive cooperation.