Hawaii Workforce Pipeline Program

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HAWAII WORKFORCE PIPELINE PROGRAM = $1 MILLION/YEAR

In conjunction with the University of Hawaii at Hilo (UHH), Hawaiʻi Community College (HCC) and the Department of Education, TMT will form and sustain a Workforce Pipeline Program that will lead to a highly qualified pool of local workers.

  • Special emphasis will be given to those programs aimed at preparing local residents for science, engineering and technical positions commanding higher wages. This ensures a significant component in the Workforce Pipeline Program for higher education on the Island of Hawaii.
  • TMT will assign a dedicated manager to coordinate the Workforce Pipeline Program and work with organizations such as the University of Hawaii at Hilo, including its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs; Hawaii Community College workforce programs that train, retrain and place employees in jobs; current observatories; and the Department of Education and charter schools.

TMT will participate in a County of Hawaii Workforce Investment Board initiative with the Maunakea Observatories to explore opportunities to use existing community resources, provide the observatories with a broader and stronger qualified local labor pool, and find and train candidates for career opportunities in the local astronomy enterprise.

Through the TMT-funded and managed Workforce Pipeline Program, more than $2,500,000 has been disbursed to Hawaii Island. Among the key programs that have been supported are:

  • Akamai Workforce Initiative – TMT is the cornerstone funder of internship program that has provided internships to 390 students from Hawaii. 24% have been Native Hawaiian and 47% underrepresented minorities. At least 140 alumni are now working in science and technology jobs, with nearly two-thirds of them working in Hawaii and contributing to the local STEM workforce. In 2018, TMT supported 10 additional college interns from Hawaii Island. To date TMT has provided over $1.3 million.
  • TMT has also funded an Akamai Mentor Training Program for three years.
  • TMT has funded high school, middle school, and elementary school robotics for seven years,with funding in excess of $250,000. The funding has made it possible for schools and communities throughout Hawai‘i Island, including many with underserved/underrepresented students to participate in robotics.
  • TMT has also been a major sponsor of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science Program (GEMS), Hawai‘i County and State Science Fairs, Journey through the Universe, and other similar programs, including many at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center.
  • In 2018 TMT funded a new TMT UH Hilo Physics and Astronomy computer laboratory, and was the major funder of the UH Hilo 2018 Science Olympiad.
  • TMT sponsored Camp Laniakea in 2018 to allow children in the Puna Emergency Shelters affected by the Kilauea eruption to learn, dream, play and explore STEM. Camp Laniakea enrolled approximately 30 students in grades K-12 who resided in the Puna shelter to experience enriching STEM educational experiences during weekends in August and September (a total of 8 days). TMT invested $30,000 in this program.
  • TMT participates in numerous community events, such as Astroday in Hilo and Kona, Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Day, Journey to the Universe, science days at various schools and the Institute for Astronomy’s Annual Open House.

HAWAII WORKFORCE PIPELINE AND STEM SUPPORT

2009

  • Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii – Outreach Workshop
  • University of Hawaii – RoboFESTival Scholastic Robotics Competition and Science/Engineering Fair
  • University of Hawaii – Hawaii Island Akamai Program
  • Waiakea High School Foundation – Hawaii Project for Robotics Education

2010

  • Friends of the Future – Earl’s Garage Robotics Program
  • Hawaii Academy of Sciences – Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair
  • Hawaii Island Workforce & Economic Development Ohana – HUIANA Internship Program
  • Kohala High School – 2460 Paniolo
  • Kona Branch of AAUW – GEMS Program
  • University of Hawaii – Hawaii Island Akamai Program
  • Waiakea High School Foundation – STEM Initiatives Support

2011

  • Canada France Hawaii Telescope – Telescopes from Afar
  • Hilo Viking Robotics Boosters – Hilo Vikings Robotics Club
  • Holualoa School PTO – First Lego League Challenge
  • Kealakeke High School – RoboRiders
  • University of Hawaii – Hawaii Island Akamai Program
  • University of Hawaii – Teaching Excellence Workshop

2012

  • Hawaii Island Workforce & Economic Development Ohana – HUIANA Internship Program
  • HIEDB – Big Island VEX League (Waiakea HRC)
  • HIEDB – Waiakea High School STEM Support
  • Kona Branch of AAUW – GEMS Program
  • University of Hawaii – Hawaii Island Akamai Program
  • Waiakea Intermediate School – Student Spaceflight Experiments Program

2013

  • Hawaii Academy of Sciences – Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair
  • Hawaii Island Workforce & Economic Development Ohana – HUIANA Internship Program
  • Kealakeke High School – Robotics Team
  • Kona Branch of AAUW – GEMS Program
  • University of Hawaii – Hawaii Island Akamai Program
  • University of Hawaii Foundation – Big Island VEX League
  • University of Hawaii Foundation – Camp Imi-Possible
  • University of Hawaii Foundation – Japan Super Science Fair
  • University of Hawaii Foundation – Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Education Summit

2014

  • Hawaii Academy of Sciences – Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair
  • Kealakeke High School – STEM Camp
  • Kona Branch of AAUW – GEMS Program
  • University of Hawaii – Hawaii Island Akamai Program
  • University of Hawaii Foundation – Camp Imi-Possible
  • University of Hawaii Foundation – Global Paper Roller Coaster
  • University of Hawaii Foundation – Japan Super Science Fair
  • University of Hawaii Foundation – Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Education Summit
  • University of Hawaii Foundation – VEX Qualifying Tournaments

2015

  • Friends of the Future – Hawaii Island Early Childhood Conference
  • Hawaii Academy of Sciences – Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair
  • UC Lick Observatory – TIO International Internship
  • University of Hawaii – Hawaii Island Akamai Program
  • University of Hawaii Foundation – Camp Imi-Possible
  • University of Hawaii Foundation – Hawaii Island Women’s Leadership Summit
  • University of Hawaii Foundation – Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Education Summit
  • University of Hawaii Foundation – VEX Qualifying Tournaments

2016

  • Journey through the Universe
  • Imiloa Astronomy Center (corporate membership)
  • Akamai Internship program
  • AAUW – GEMS
  • Hawaii Island Science and Engineering Fair
  • VEX IQ State Science Fair
  • Kealakehe STEM Camp
  • TMT International Future Leaders Workshop
  • Events: Ellison Onizuka Day, AstroDay, Hawaii Island Women’s Forum, Panewa Park, Kealakehe Elementary School, Business Expo in Kona, Project Hawaii at Kalopa Park

Shareables

We had a chance to stop by the Friends of Hawai’i Robotics 10th annual competition today and had a chat with Julia from Kealakehe Tiki Tech Team 3880 one of the teams we’re sponsoring via the #ThinkFund. Good luck team 3880! #ImuaTMT #FirstRobotics

Kealakehe High School’s robotics team and STEM Academy held its 7th annual Ho‘ike event last week to recognize student members for their achievements and also raise money for the school program. Along with STEM-related skills, junior Maya Gee talked about other important skills learned by students as part of the programs co-sponsored by TMT through the THINK fund.

Kealakehe High School’s robotics team and STEM Academy held its annual end of school year Ho‘ike event last week. Kealakehe High science teacher Justin Brown discussed how the school’s STEM program was founded, and why sponsors like TMT and other donors are needed to keep it moving forward.

Interview with high school senior and robotics team member Ian Denzer on how the STEM program helped shape his interest in the STEM field.

We had a chance to talk with Justin Brown, mentor for the Kealakehe Robotics team about the issues the team had to overcome and how robotics/stem programs help prepare students for their futures.

Kealakehe High School freshman Shanen Arellano talked with us recently about what she learned during her first year with the school’s STEM Academy. TMT is proud to be a co-sponsor of the high school program that encourages students to enter science-related fields and careers.