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2014 Legislative Testimony by the Chancellor relating to after school program at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

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Testimony Presented Before the
Senate Committee on Higher Education
February 11, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.
by
Donald O. Straney
Chancellor, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

SB 3093 – RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT HILO

Chair Taniguchi, Vice Chair Kahele and Members of the Committee:

My name is Donald Straney, Chancellor of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo (UH Hilo). We support SB 3093 that appropriates funds to UH Hilo to support its memorandum of agreement with RISE 21st Century After School Program and the implementation of the agreement by the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi, a unit of UH Hilo.

The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi has been cultivating community partnerships that targets greater engagement by Hawaiʻi Island youth with the resources of UH Hilo. A positive partnership has been established with the RISE 21st Century After School Program that serves as a community and cultural resource for disadvantaged Native Hawaiian youth in Keaukaha. The proposal will help to expand collaborative opportunities supported by staffing and curriculum resources to establish mentorships, initiate project-based learning activities, and offer academic and career planning. UH Hilo views our continued partnership and collaboration with RISE as a positive solution to increase access to higher education and career opportunities for Native Hawaiians on Hawaiʻi Island.

We support SB 3093 provided that its passage does not replace or adversely impact priorities in our BOR approved budget.

Thank you for the opportunity to testify on SB 3093. Aloha.

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Chancellor’s testimony on this topic to Senate and House committees:

SB 3093 RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I AT HILO February 11, 2014
SB 3093 SD1 March 18, 2014
HB 2443 RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I AT HILO February 4, 2014
HB 2443 HD1 February 21, 2014
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