The Kapi‘olani Community College STEM Program
The goal of the Kapi‘olani Community College STEM Program is to improve the overall quality of education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This is being accomplished through various outreach programs, such as the Summer Bridge Program and undergraduate research projects, and traditional instructional classes here at the college. This in turn will lead to an increase in the number of STEM students transferring into 4-year degree programs, which will ultimately prepare the students for careers within one of the major STEM disciplines. The program itself was born in August of 2005 with a $1.25 million Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the development and implementation of the STEM program. One of the goals of the TCUP grant is to increase student diversity, with a special emphasis on Native Hawaiian students, in regards to students majoring in one of the STEM disciplines.