CTE in Hawaii
Career technical education, or CTE, is a way for students to learn a well-rounded set of skills at the same time as they gain the core academic competencies they need to succeed in higher education. CTE students in Hawaii pick a career concentration and study the knowledge and techniques of their chosen field while on the path to earning their diploma, degree or other credential.
These initiatives are making a big difference for high school students who concentrate on CTE subjects in Hawaii. The state's graduation rate for CTE-focused learners is 99 percent, compared to an 83 percent rate for all highschoolers statewide, and fully 100 percent of CTE students who graduate from Hawaii high schools find jobs, enter advanced training programs or join the military within six months of earning their diplomas.
For a more detailed look at the CTE landscape in Hawaii, check out these state-based resources:
- Learn about the state's vision for CTE programs and see a list of approved programs of study at the career and technical education page of the Hawaii State Department of Education.
- The Career and Technical Education Center maintained by the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii System can provide information on CTE programs, funding, career pathways and more.
- Find out more about the type of programs available to college-level CTE students in Hawaii from the career and technical education page at Honolulu Community College.
The seven members of the University of Hawaii Community College System, which include our five best community colleges in Hawaii, all offer their own selection of career and technical education programs. Some independent or private CTE schools may provide some limited options as well. Check with advisors at your chosen school for details about available programs.
Transferring Credits in Hawaii
If you're planning to stay in-state to continue your education after finishing your community college degree, then you may be in luck. The University of Hawaii, which operates all four of the major public Hawaii universities and oversees the public community college system, has a transfer agreement in place that's designed to help you do just that.
The transfer agreement features an auto-admission option to three of the university-level schools in the UH System:
- University of Hawaii at Manoa
- University of Hawaii at Hilo
- University of Hawaii at West O'ahu
UH System administrators put on a series of information and entertainment events for prospective transfer students during the spring semester. Known as UH Transfer Days, an event comes to each of the UH System community colleges at least once throughout the month of February.
Students planning to attend UH Manoa have another transfer-centered option to consider. Five of the state's community colleges participate in a dual-enrollment degree pathway program called Ka'ie'ie which makes it possible to attend certain courses on your future university campus even before you've met all the requirements to graduate with an associate degree.
For additional insight into education in the state, be sure to read about the top four-year schools in Hawaii. You can also learn about transfer agreements and get some tips for navigating the transfer process in our college transfer guide.
Resources for Community College Students in Hawaii
- The University of Hawaii Community College System provides a wealth of information about the public two-year schools in the state, offers guidance for the application process and more.
- The official website of the State of Hawaii features a list of links to continuing education and non-credit courses at top universities and community colleges in Hawaii.
- Career Kokua, an initiative of the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, can help you find Hawaii scholarships and provide some guidance in the financial aid application process.
Using the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:
- Level of institution is either "At least 2 but less than 4 years" or "Less than 2 years (below associate)"
- Data is reported for all 14 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
We ranked the resulting community colleges member schools on multiple factors related to educational opportunity, student performance and student services. Each school was scored on a 10-point scale, using the following data points:
- The published in-district tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2018
- The published in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2018
- The in-district per credit hour charge for part-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2018
- The in-state per credit hour charge for part-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2018
- Percentage of students receiving financial aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2016
- Percent of students that transferred to a 4-year institution and completed within 8 years, College Scorecard, 2017
- The graduation rate in 150% time, National Center for Education Statistics, 2017
- Full-time student retention rate, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2017
- Student-to-faculty ratio, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2017
- Percentage of students enrolled in distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2017
- Flexibility, based on the following data points from the National Center for Education Statistics, 2018
- Whether the school offers credit for life experiences
- Whether the school offers programs of study that can be completed entirely in the evenings and on weekends
- Whether the school offers on-campus day care for students' children
- Whether the school offers any kind of alternative tuition plan. These may include, but aren't limited to, payment plans or guaranteed rates.