Lanai seniors take UH-MC classes

For the second consecutive year, 62 percent of all Lanai High School seniors have taken early courses at University of Hawaii Maui College via a combination of hybrid, live, Skybridge and internet, according to a news release. Twenty-six of this year’s 42 graduating seniors earned a total of 303 college credits. One student, Isabel Campbell, earned 21 credits.

The Dual Enrollment Project also has the students involved in community service projects, including restoring a fishpond, serving lunch at the senior center, helping with the college and Career Day and Scholarship ‘Aha. And students receive “wraparound” services including assistance in resume development, writing personal statements, applying for colleges and scholarships, tutoring and academic advising.

“The college is excited about the future of Early College on Lanai,” said UH-MC Chancellor Lui Hokoana. “Maui College — along with our partners — is creating a culture on Lanai that encourages students to be excited about attending college, that assists in training the local workforce, and is creating future Lanai leaders.”

Of the 18 students from the Class of 2016 who participated in the project, 17 have gone on to college and are still in college. Kanani Tolentino attends UH-MC Lanai and is transferring to the Mainland next year. Kayci Kaopuiki will receive her associate’s degree from Kapiolani Community College in fall 2017 and will be transferring to UH-Manoa in the spring. Cherie Malacas will receive two associate’s degrees in fall 2017 from Lake Region State College in North Dakota.

Funding for the programming is provided by Pulama Lana’i, UH-Maui College, Project Ho’okui, Manele Koele Charitable Fund and Lanai High and Elementary School.