For many students, the transition from high school to college can be difficult. In 2014-15 GEAR UP Hawai‘i wokred with nine UH campuses on O‘ahu, Big Island, Maui, and Moloka‘i to provide over 2,262 middle and high school students with transition support services.
Key services included informational workshops and events about applying to college, financial aid, and/or college success; campus visits and/or showcases; financial aid advising or application support events; mentorship workshops, and peer mentor programs.
Below are some of other activities provided by UH Campuses:
- Leeward Community College is reaching out to low-income students in various areas to assist in their college plans. These activities include: completing a college application and FAFSA and preparing to take the COMPASS test.
- Leeward Community College is also planning to continue their highly successful Student-2-Student program. Through this program current college students take middle and high school students through a series of experiential activities meant to introduce them to important college concepts – why college is important, college application process, financial aid, and understanding concepts of credit, loans, budgeting, and overall money management.
- Leeward Community College's Waianae Campus is planning to establish a peer mentoring program that will be customized to meet the unique needs and culture of the Waianae Coast. The program will establish trusting relationships between current students at Leeward Community College's Waianae Campus and students at Waianae Intermediate School and Nanakuli Intermediate School. Through this bond, middle school students will be able to learn more about the importance of college.
- University of Hawai‘i at West Oahu piloted an expanded version of an exisintg successful peer mentor program that previously served first year college students. Under this new model, peer mentors from UHWO visited feeder high schools to provide outreach and help students complete steps to enrollment into UHWO including submitting paperwork and signing up for new student programs. In the pilot year peer mentors spent a total of 325 hours supporting high school students at Waianae High School and Nanakuli High and Intermediate School. From fall 2013 to fall 2014, there was a 60% increase in enrollment from Nanakuli HS and a 114% increase in enrollment from Waianae HS.
- Honolulu Community College created a peer mentor program that supported a total of 117 students from Farrington HS and McKinley HS to complete college applications, take the COMPASS exams and get information on dual-credit programs.
- Hawaii Community College developed a program to place college-age students into feeder high schools to support students in the college enrollment process. Hawaii CC mentors and their outreach specialist provided application workshops and hands-on support at Hilo and Kea'au HS.