The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted Hawaiʻi's high school seniors' final school year and graduation celebrations. Many graduates' plans were also disrupted. The University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges (UHCC) and Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education, together with community partners, supported Class of 2020 Hawai‘i public high school graduates in planning for their future through the Next Steps to Your Future initiative. This initiative connected 2020 HIDOE graduates to postsecondary education, training and/or employment the Hawai‘i P-20 Summer Advising Initiative, and the UH Community Colleges free summer classes. In Summer 2020, more than 2,100 graduates participated in Next Steps, and 77% enrolled in college in Fall 2020.
This initiative will once again be offered to support public high school seniors of Hawai‘i’s graduating Class of 2021.