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Native Hawaiian programs funded

UH-Maui College received $950,000 out of nearly $3.2 million in federal funding for colleges and universities in Hawaii serving Native Hawaiians, U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono announced Wednesday.

Provided through the U.S. Department of Education’s Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions program, the funding will support several different projects to improve and expand programs for Native Hawaiian students to promote college completion and success.

One grant of $500,000 will promote research and student-based programs through a cooperative arrangement between UH-Maui College and Hawaii Community College. Specifically, activities will include solar panel installation and training, support for a shared service center and financial literacy training and workshops for students.

Another $450,000 will support a new student intake process that includes a needs assessment to address barriers for students, culturally-based training for students on financial literacy, creative course scheduling, financing college and financial aid planning, career preparation activities, and work experience opportunities for students.

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