State launches new education initiativePublished 7:30 AM HST Jan 29, 2014Video Transcript
Those are the rallying buzz words of a new educational initiative dubbed "55 by 25." The goal to have 55 percent of Hawaii's working age adults to have a two or four- year college degree by the year 2025. The campaign is focused on strengthening the state's workforce starting from early childhood through college. GOVERNOR ABERCROMBIE 8"00 - 8:15: "IF WE DO FOCUS ON PRE-SCHOOL AS PART AND PARCEL AND AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THIS PACKAGE THAT THE 55 BY 25 CAMPAIGN IS ALL ABOUT WE ARE GOING TO SUCCEED. THAT WE WILL HIT THAT MARK." Officials say the campaign is in response to an alarming fact that less than 42 percent of adults hold a two or four year degree. The goal is to encourage businesses and families to embrace the educational outcomes in order to prepare Hawaii's future workforce.