HCAP Weekly August 12, 2019

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STEM Teachers Receive LEGO Training
HCAP Staff Attend Hire Leeward Job & Career Fair
Kailua Pre-Plus Head Start Welcomes New Students
Na Lima Hana Participant on Work Furlough Transitions into the Community 


STEM Teachers Receive LEGO Training 

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The Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program, a 21st Century Community Learning Center, recently held a training session for STEM teachers on LEGO Mindstorms EV3. A trainer from LEGO Education led the session, getting the educators acquainted with LEGO Mindstorms technology. STEM teachers are preparing for the upcoming 2019-2020 FIRST LEGO League City Shaper Challenge. This will be the Hā Initiative’s fifth year as a participant.

This year’s City Shaper theme challenges students to think like scientists and engineers. They will be asked to solve a real-world problem using LEGO models they have built, designed, and programmed themselves. The trainer reviewed the basics of robotic parts and functions along with curriculum materials for the STEM teachers.

To improve their understanding of the robots, the trainer taught the teachers how to program their robots to detect yellow and use it to play robo-sumo wrestling. The robots were programmed to push each other out until the last robot remained standing. The STEM teachers found the training helpful and illuminating and will be sharing what they’ve learned with students at the STEM Exploration Centers.


HCAP Staff Attend Hire Leeward Job & Career Fair

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On Saturday, August 10th, HCAP staff attended the 7th Annual Hire Leeward Job & Career Fair as a participating agency. The Hire Leeward Job and Career Fair was hosted by Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine, the Kapolei Chamber of Commerce, and the University of Hawaii – West Oahu.

HCAP staff used the event as an opportunity to provide information about HCAP programs and services, as well as to share current employment opportunities available at HCAP. Brochures and enrollment information were distributed to attendees who visited HCAP’s booth. HCAP is currently accepting applications for several positions at our District Service Centers, Head Start & Early Head Start Program, and Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program.

Click here to see all of HCAP’s current employment opportunities.


Kailua Pre-Plus Head Start Welcomes New Students

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Last Tuesday, Kailua Pre-Plus Head Start welcomed new students to their first day of preschool. The start of the new school year was a big deal for families. The children practiced their morning routines with the help of their parents, who stayed for morning circle time and breakfast.

Routines included washing their hands, placing their name up on the board, answering the question of the day and finding a carpet activity. The teaching staff at Kailua Pre-Plus Head Start hopes that by establishing good routines and habits, the children and their parents will experience a successful transition to preschool.


Na Lima Hana Participant on Work Furlough Transitions into the Community

Derrick is part of the Laumaka Work Furlough Center at the Oahu Community Correctional Center. Work furlough programs such as Laumaka help inmates transition from prison back into the community. Looking to obtain stable employment, Derrick enrolled in HCAP’s Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program at the Kalihi-Palama District Service Center.

To prepare Derrick for job interviews, Kalihi-Palama District Service Center staff provided him with bus vouchers, as well as a hygiene kit. Upon completing Job Readiness Training (JRT) in the ECS Program, Derrick obtained employment as a cook at a local casual dining restaurant. Through ECS funds, Kalihi-Palama District Service Center will be able to provide Derrick with slacks and a pair of non-slip shoes to get him started on his new job.