HCAP WEEKLY September 14, 2020

ECS Participant Receives Tuition Assistance and Gains Employment at Adventist Castle Hospital
Mother Receives Tuition Assistance to Complete Training at Professional Healthcare Educators
HCAP Gets a ‘Head Start’ in Online Education
Kalihi-Palama District Service Center and Pūnāwai Rest Stop Help Client Find Employment


ECS Participant Receives Tuition Assistance and Gains Employment at Adventist Castle Hospital

Recent Nā Lima Hana participant, Shane Goo, first gained an interest in the medical field while volunteering as a COPE Health Scholar at Castle Hospital. His mentors at Castle encouraged him to get certified in a medical program in order to increase his chances of employment. The only thing standing in Shane’s way was the tuition fee. Shane applied and was accepted into Kapi’olani Community College’s Rapid Health Education Program, where he found out that he qualified to receive tuition assistance through the Nā Lima Hana program. After completing his phlebotomy courses, Shane gained employment at Adventist Castle Hospital as a Medical Assistant in an outpatient surgery clinic. “The Nā Lima Hana program really opened up the medical field for me,” said Goo. “I believe everyone ranging from aspiring doctors to recent graduates should apply.”

Through HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) program, program participants can receive tuition assistance for a range of vocational courses, including automotive technology, carpentry technology, commercial driver licensing, nurse aid training, phlebotomy, optometry assistant training, advanced pharmacy technician training, and more. 

For more information on HCAP’s Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program, visit our website: https://www.hcapweb.org/na-lima-hana-employment-core-services-program/.


Mother Receives Tuition Assistance to Complete Training at Professional Healthcare Educators

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Felicia is one of HCAP’s first recipients to receive tuition assistance through the Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Service Program. As a mother of two and the breadwinner of her household, Felicia wanted to continue her education in the medical field. Felicia attended Professional Healthcare Educators and recently completed her nursing training in August. Now that she has completing her training, Felicia is receiving employment services to help her find employment in the medical field. With the help of her additional education, Felicia hopes to pursue a nursing career and financially support her family. Felicia expressed her gratitude for HCAP’s assistance and is now working towards gaining her Hawai’i State Nursing license.  


HCAP Gets a ‘Head Start’ in Online Education

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HCAP’s Head Start Program, the largest childcare provider on Oʻahu, has fully transitioned to digital learning and is finding new ways to support vulnerable children and their families during the pandemic. When in-person learning was suspended in March, the program took immediate action to assess the technological capacity and needs of families.

“HCAP Head Start and Early Head Start serves over 1,500 economically challenged children and their families each year,” said HCAP Head Start Director, Grant Kogami. “The first big challenge was finding out whether our families had access to reliable Internet and devices to allow for distance learning. We conducted surveys with families to see what devices they had access to and determine which programs we would be able to use.  It was a transitional process which required us to be as proactive and adaptive as possible.”

The main digital tools the program decided to utilize include Zoom web conferencing and Google Slide, which allows teachers to create customizable, digital ‘classrooms.’ Through Google Slide, teachers can create virtual avatars of themselves as well as interactive chalkboards, cubbyholes, ‘ABC’ charts, and bookshelves, all of which can be linked to other platforms such as YouTube and online learning games. 

In addition to digital tools, the Head Start Program staff recognized the importance of offering different hands-on mediums for learning. All families regularly receive a Family Engagement Activity Packet in the mail, which corresponds with the week’s lesson. The most recent Family Engagement Activity Packet provided the materials for families and children to establish morning and nighttime routines. Other activity packets have included color games and activities for children.  “London really enjoys the color hunt and matching games. The activity packet keeps her fully engaged. And the digital activities have been very detailed and provide amazing links that London enjoys watching and playing,” said HCAP Head Start parent Jasmine. Although challenging at times, teachers work hard to tailor their lessons and activities to assist families with multiple children of varying ages. The goal is to support children and their families in their continuous development.  

Perhaps most importantly, HCAP Head Start strives to provide stability for Hawaii’s most vulnerable families during these uncertain times. “The most vulnerable members of our community need our support now more than ever,” said HCAP Head Start Director Grant Kogami. “HCAP Head Start and Early Head Start families look to us for guidance in educating their children, ensuring that their basic family needs are met, and sometimes, just to be a shoulder to lean on, listen, and empathize with what they are going through. We also understand that children at this stage in life need interaction. They need affection. They need to feel secure with a consistent routine. We see this as an opportunity to equip parents and caregivers with the knowledge and practices to truly be their child’s first and foremost teacher. Once the environment is safe for us to return to our classrooms, I can assure you that we will be ready and excited to provide all the love, care, and support that our children and families deserve.”

For more information about HCAP’s Head Start and Early Head Start Program, visit https://www.hcapweb.org/headstart/.


Kalihi-Palama District Service Center and Pūnāwai Rest Stop Help Client Find Employment

Gary was referred to HCAP’s Kalihi-Palama District Service Center through Pūnāwai Rest Stop. He had a job lined up earlier this year, but after COVID-19 hit the islands his job offer fell through. Pūnāwai Rest Stop Counselor Davida referred Gary to HCAP because he needed a bus pass in order to find employment.  Kalihi-Palama staff were quick to respond and completed Gary’s intake through email and phone calls. Our staff is excited to share that Gary was recently hired at RGIS as an Inventory Associate. Gary received a set of work attire through HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Employment Service Program to help him prepare for his new position. Through HCAP’s collaboration with partners like Pūnāwai Rest Stop, we are able to make a bigger impact in our community during these uncertain times. The Kalihi-Palama Staff wish Gary all the best with his new job and hope that we can help more clients like Gary who have been affected by the pandemic.