HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By: Jamie Lee
A major grant has been awarded to the University of Hawaii's College of Education. The $952,000 special education preparation grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.
The grant will fund the Hoolako Project which will prepare 30 special education scholars to meet the needs of students with severe behavioral and learning needs.
Participants in the program will earn a master of education degree with emphasis in severe disabilities/autism.
“We have a well-established program. However, with the high costs of living in Hawaii, it is difficult for special educators to fund a graduate degree program, leading to decreased enrollment,” explained the project's director, Associate Professor Jenny Wells. “Project graduates will provide a much needed resource to the students, schools and high-needs communities they serve.”
Recruitment will begin statewide in August 2015. The first group of candidates will begin in January 2016. For more information, please visit