Governor Ige Announced USA Funds Partnership with Hawai’i

University of Hawai’i President David Lassner; USA Funds Senior Vice President Carol D’Amico; Hawai’i State Governor David Ige; Project Lead The Way Senior Vice President David Dimmitt

On Friday January 8th, Governor Ige described his vision for developing an “Innovation Economy” and the importance of developing a strong K-20 pathway in STEM education to be successful in this endeavor.  Long time partner to the state of Hawai’i, USA Funds, announced their contribution of $6.8 million to the state in support of these efforts. University of Hawai’i and Project Lead The Way are the recipients of the funding and will naturally be partnering in this work.

$2.1 Million will go directly to High Schools in Hawai’i via USA Funds School Grant Competitions facilitated by Project Lead The Way over the next three years.  All public, private, and charter high schools in Hawai’i looking to add a new pathway in computer science, engineering, and/or biomedical science are eligible to apply. Learn more at the Project Lead The Way Grants Home Page.

PLTW Team with Governor Ige after USA Funds Proclamation 1/8/16. From Left to Right: David Dimmitt, Senior Vice President and Chief Engagement Officer; Diana Papini Warren, Director of School Engagement for Hawai’i and Pacific; Governor David Ige; Ed Dennis, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research, West Region; Tom Luna, Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer.


Learn more about the USA Funds Investment in Hawai’i.

You can see the KITV 4 coverage here. KHON 2 coverage is here. Here is the release from the University of Hawaii.

Learn more about the Innovation Economy concept in Hawai’i through the Innovation Assets Report commissioned by the Hawai’i Business Roundtable.


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