Windward Community College's Pacific Center for Environmental Studies (PaCES) has teamed up with UH Mānoa's Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) to create a fun learning experience for high school students. The goal is to introduce students to exciting outdoor experiences and hands-on college level laboratory work so that students' motivation to attend college grows.
Each summer, 20-24 Windward Oʻahu high school students are accepted into the 6-week summer environmental science education and research program. Some come from as far away as Waiʻanae. Although a high GPA is not a requirement, enthusiasm and interest in the environment is.
The students who are accepted into the program are very motivated to learn and grateful for the opportunity. Some get up at 4 a.m., ride several buses and arrive on campus at 8 a.m., and then stay until 5 p.m. or later each day to do field study or work in the lab.
Thanks to their involvement in the summer program, students who may not have considered college an option, realize that higher education is within their reach.
Students participate in laboratory exercises, outdoor field and ocean research, and more - all with a focus on the environment:
Per student cost each summer: $4,250
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PaCES was accepted for funding in 2012 by the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation for outstanding performance in the STEM fields for underrepresented minority students - a powerful testament to its impact!