‘Green’ Studies Seeks Students
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Hawaii Green Collar Institute is accepting applications from West Oahu high school and college students for its inaugural program, which launches Oct. 29.
HGCI’s new program is designed to introduce students to environmental and climate change issues in their communities and inspire them to pursue careers in Hawaii’s emerging “green collar” economy.
Over four weekends spanning five months, students will visit sites around Oahu to learn about food security, waste and recycling, energy and the health of oceans and streams. During these visits, participants will interact with professionals and gain hands-on experience in jobs that relate to each site. They also will work in teams to complete an educational project that benefits the local community.
Each participant who attends all four sessions, completes the group project and gives a presentation at the program’s conclusion will be awarded $200.
Sessions are Oct. 29-30 and Jan. 7-8, Feb. 18-19 and March 4-5, 2011. Classroom instruction will be at Leeward Community College, with fieldwork and service learning trips across the island, with special focus on Leeward areas.
High school juniors (at least 16 years old) through college juniors who live in communities between Waipahu and Makaha are eligible to apply. All applicants must submit a completed application form and at least two reference forms, available online at malamalearningcenter.org.
A registration fee of $25 is required, and scholarships are available for those who apply.
HGCI is a partnership with Malama Learning Center and LCC Halau ‘Ike O Pu’uloa (Native Hawaiian Student Support Programs), with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Ka Papa O Kakuhihewa Fund.
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