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Isles join effort to
aid workers in school

Hawaii is one of eight states selected to participate in a National Governors Association project designed to help working adults earn college and other post-high school degrees.

The association will provide technical support and $50,000 for staff support and expenses. The governor's Workforce Development Council will coordinate Hawaii's participation in the association's Pathways to Advancement Policy Academy.

According to statistics compiled by the state Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, Hawaii lags behind the rest of the country in the number of first-year community college and university students who continue their education.

In Hawaii, 44 percent of first-year community college students return for their second year compared with 63 percent nationwide, and 37 percent of first-year university students earn a baccalaureate degree within six years compared with 66 percent nationally.

The seven other states selected for the project are Arkansas, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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