When I had the opportunity to be a guest speaker during a “College Bound: 21st Century Careers” OCET session this summer at Maui Community College (MCC), I spoke with a few of the bright-eyed students who were very excited about the future.
“I learned a lot about different careers this week, and it was a great way to help us think about what we really want to do,” said Jessica Green, a freshman at Baldwin High. “I want to go to an Ivy League school, preferably Brown, and I want a job as a foreign correspondent and travel the world.”
Amanda Bailey, a junior at Maui High, liked podcasting and utilizing the “speak to understand people, then speak to be understood” helpful habit for teens. She hopes to be a psychologist or a rock ‘n’ roll journalist one day.
These Maui high school students were part of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens program last summer. Many motivated young minds will enjoy their fall break by participating in the educational and fun classes offered during the “College for Kids/College Bound” weeklong series at Maui Community College beginning Monday, Oct. 2.
The energetic Joanne Doell, the program development coordinator of College for Kids, is ready to inspire and educate our island’s youth once again with an upcoming weeklong series of classes held during public schools’ fall break, which certain private schools across the Valley Isle also observe.
This time around, educators will present a full program on “Native American Life,” along with providing college and career information as usual.
The Native Americans are a group with which many Native Hawaiians have found cultural comparisons, highlighted especially during the last decade of the Akaka Bill. The bill has been proposed in various forms since 2000, and seeks to establish a process for ethnic Hawaiians to gain federal recognition.
Wilika Asimont will bring her authentic tribal experiences to students with tutorials such as “Native Americans: First Nations—A Celebration of Culture, History, Dance, Music and Art of the North American Tribes.”
This session, for grades four through six, will held Monday, Oct. 5, through Friday, Oct. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $279, plus a $20 lab fee.
The course gives students a chance to learn about the parallels between Native North American Indian culture and Native Hawaiian history, and examine different points of view “while practicing reading strategies from primary sources and textbook passages.”
Students will have unique hands-on learning opportunities with access to artifacts. They will experience “the heartbeat of tribal life” through music, dancing and more.
There is also a half-day “College Bound” program available that same week, which features The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and is available for grades seven through 12, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until noon.
This program is designed to give teens a “stellar advantage in organizing making choices and problem solving in the high school and the college years.”
The “7 Habits,” developed by leadership trainer Steven Covey, and will be taught once again by OCET Director Lori Teragawachi. Teens will also have a chance to create, record and edit their original music with Apple’s GarageBand. The cost is $149, plus a $25 lab fee.
Space is limited and registration is open though Friday, Oct. 2. All classes will be held in MCC’s Laulima Building.
Call VITEC at 984-3231 to enroll today. A few partial scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit “College for Kids” at www.ocet.org.