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Century Program looks to future

by Kalamalama staff

 

 

Giving children a chance at the future is HPU’s goal in partnering with a national education program that encourages early awareness of college by matching local schools with university mentors.

 

More than 100 sophomores from Castle High School poured onto Fort Street Mall Feb. 11 as part of The Century Program, sponsored by the Foundation for Excellent Schools (FES). “Many of these students come from homes where the parents never graduated from high school,” said Brian Okano, a health, guidance, and P.E. teacher at Castle. “It’s a great opportunity for the students to see a real college-life experience.”

The Century Program (TCP) is a national initiative that partners with school and colleges nationwide. Participating schools identify underserved students– “TCP Scholars”–who participate in activities to improve academic performance and attendance, develop personal and academic goals, and increase high school graduation and college-bound rates.

“ We have some disadvantaged students that otherwise would not go to college, but because of FES, we are able to give them more opportunities,” said Kelly Walton, a language arts teacher at Castle. “Even though they’re only sophomores now, the program will take them all the way through their senior year,” Walton added.

“ I’m hoping through the tour, the students will see how important English, science, and social studies are, all the subjects they are taking now, and they will go back to the classroom realizing they do need to learn those subjects,” said Walton. “Hopefully that will inspire them to do much better.”

HPU also partners with Kailua High and Intermediate Schools, Kapaa High School and Waimanalo Elementary/Intermediate.

 

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