DOE, UHWO Initiate Career Path

Through the Hawaii Advanced Placement Programs of Study agreement created between University of Hawaii-West Oahu and the state Department of Education, high school students planning to attend UHWO now can get a head start on college credits by completing certain high school coursework.

Through the partnership, students at high schools that participate in DOE Career and Technical Education programs can earn credit through Business Career Pathway courses, an advanced high school business curriculum. In addition to passing the classes with a “C” or higher, students also must pass a comprehensive exam on business, marketing and entrepreneurship in order to receive credits applicable to UHWO.

“We are excited to provide the opportunity to Hawaii’s high school students to receive credits for the hard work they’ve completed before setting foot in a college classroom,” stated UH West Oahu chancellor Rockne Freitas. “Offering advanced placement credits for relevant business course-work saves them money and shortens their time to graduation, allowing students to move into the workforce or continue on to graduate studies even sooner.”

The program is slated to begin during the fall semester.

“We are grateful to UH-West Oahu for the opportunity to open more doors for our students to get a jump start on college success,” stated DOE superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi.

For more information and to apply, go to, email or call 689-2900.