Preparing For College, Careers

By Joy Mahiko
Wednesday - August 10, 2011 Share

By Joy Mahiko,
Program Instructor, Ready Set Grow

Although more people are going to college than ever before, many are still unable to earn a college degree. In 2011, Hawaii again was recognized as one of the most expensive states to live in. In order to compete in today’s global economy, it is evident that young people must get an education beyond high school.

Ready Set Grow Hawaii (RSG) is a free college and career readiness program that aims to help people gain entrance and complete a degree through the community college system and/or achieve a livable wage in Hawaii.

RSG understands that students struggle with balancing various responsibilities, and has adopted a supportive model that includes professional tutoring and advising.


Through the use of technology, students sharpen their math, reading and writing skills for college or a career while engaging in a highly interactive student-centered environment. Instruction includes project-based activities involving problem-solving, critical thinking and collaborating as a team.

Through these efforts, RSG is confident the number of students completing the community college system and/or earning a livable wage will increase dramatically.

(from left) Joseph O’Malley, Vinh Pham (instructor), Dawn Paulino and Cindy Ke participate in Ready Set Grow. Photo courtesy Ready Set Grow

Current RSG student Joseph O’Malley says that the program was the best he had ever been through: “It has shown me where I left off from high school and what academic skills I need to work on.”

Cindy Ke of Kaneohe says instructors have given her individualized attention. “I love it!” she says. “It has helped me a lot ... It has even helped me socially ... I feel more confident. I feel more positive.”

There is definitely a movement under way in Ready Set Grow Hawaii to help students recognize their strengths and realize their full potential in becoming successful individuals on their path toward college and/or a career.


RSG is now accepting applications for the free eight-week program. In addition to the Windward Community College campus, Leeward Community College will offer classes starting Aug. 29. For more information on how to enroll, call the main office at 235-7381.

Open house will be held Aug. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Leeward Community College in the student lounge.

For more information and an application, visit readysetgrowhawaii.com.


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