Club launches First Step Vocational Training Grants program

The Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea has launched a new First Step Vocational Training Grants program as one of the club’s centennial projects celebrating 100 years of Rotary in Hawaii.

The club will offer vocational scholarships to Maui residents who are unemployed or employed in low-paying service jobs and wish to take the “first step” to acquire skills or improve skills leading to employment or improved employment.

Individual grants in the $1,000 to $2,000 range will be awarded to candidates who have applied for a qualified short-term vocational or technical training program leading to a diploma or certificate, and must be used for tuition, books, equipment or supplies required by the program. Applications will be accepted up to July 1, 2016.

The brainchild of Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea President Ron Harris, the objective of the grants program is to help fund a first step skill improvement program that will lead directly to a job or a better paying job. Vocational service is one of Rotary’s five Avenues of Service and supports the Rotary Foundation’s community and economic development area of focus.

The program is funded by a District 5000 Rotary Foundation Grant, the Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea, and a grant from the Humbolt Area Foundation.

For more information about the grants, call Harris at (707) 502-2281 or email ron.rainbow@gmail.com.

The Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea meets Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. at Mulligan’s on the Blue in Wailea (lunch buffet is $16). For information on meetings or membership, contact Harris or Mark Harbison at 283-3785, or email youthexchange@kiheiwailearotary.com.