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The University of Hawaii received a $16.4 million grant to establish sustainable workforce training programs based at its seven community colleges, including UH-Maui College.

The “Resilient Hawaii: Good Jobs Challenge” initiative is a three-year project that aims to build Hawaii’s economic resilience and prosperity by investing in four industry sectors: clean energy, creative industries, healthcare and technology.

The initiative will train thousands of workers across the state in all four sectors and will focus on Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities to help ensure equitable participation.

“Together with employers, industry associations and community partners across the state, the Resilient Hawaii initiative will help people whose job opportunities have been disrupted by COVID-19,” UH President David Lassner said in a press release Wednesday. “UH is grateful for the support of our Congressional delegation, Governor David Ige, and all of our mayors for this incredible project that will connect residents across the islands to employer-focused training that leads to quality careers in sectors critical to Hawaii’s future.”

Through a coalition of more than 70 employers, training providers, community organizations and key stakeholders, the Resilient Hawaii Project will develop, design and implement workforce development programs to get residents back to work or to increase their skills for a new job in “good jobs,” according to the press release. They will then translate these skills into training programs, certifications and/or on-the-job training opportunities.

Resilient Hawaii will cover the costs of training and looping participants. The three-year initiative will train 3,000 participants and aims to place at least 75% of those who complete the programs in good jobs.

“By investing in workforce training programs in healthcare, technology and clean energy, this new federal funding will connect industries that need workers to people who need them. jobs and contribute to the growth of our local economy,” said US Senator Brian Schatz in the press release.

U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono also celebrated the grant, saying it will allow UH and its partners “To strengthen Hawaii’s economy in some of our most important industries while building a strong workforce that reflects our state’s diversity and equipping students with the skills they need to get good jobs. after graduation.”

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