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Hana Career Pathways offers free training for skilled jobs

Posted on Jun 25, 2021 in Capitol Connection, Featured, Main
Trainees in Leeward CC’s certified nursing assistant program.

Trainees in Leeward CC’s certified nursing assistant program.

If you’re unemployed or looking for a more promising career, the new Hana Career Pathways is offering free training for in-demand jobs in Hawai‘i. The state’s Workforce Development Council partnered with UH community colleges and others to win the three-year, $13.3 million federal grant — awarded to only eight states in the nation. The program offers short-term training in growing fields of health care, information technology and the skilled trades as well as tuition assistance, job search help and other support services.

The program builds on the Hawai‘i Executive Collaborative’s Talent Roadmap to Recovery, which identified 274 living wage jobs and 137 promising credentials and non-degree certificates that lead to good-paying, career-building pathways. Jobs range from computer networking and maintenance electricians to certified nursing assistants and phlebotomists. The grant is expected to cover 3,000 training opportunities, with some options for paid internships with local companies. Many of the courses are online or a combination of in-person and online sessions to reach people on different islands. To apply, go to

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