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New Maryknoll school program fast tracks students for careers in engineering and aerospace

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Maryknoll School will offer students a new approach to learning with the launch of the Mx Scholar Program for STEM & Aerospace – the only advanced science, technology, engineering and math-driven high school program of its kind in Hawaii.

Maryknoll School developed the Mx Scholar Program for STEM & Aerospace to prepare students early for tomorrow’s workforce. Students in the program will learn through a “virtual hybrid” curriculum, receiving instruction online and in person with the support of STEM specialist instructors. Students will explore and apply concepts to the real world through hands-on project-based learning, interactions with mentors, internships, and aerospace training on flight simulators and Civil Air Patrol (CAP) airplanes.

Maryknoll School is currently accepting ninth and 10th grade applications for the 2016-2017 school year.

“The Mx Scholar Program for STEM & Aerospace is the latest in a lineup of new initiatives at Maryknoll School that are focused on increasing rigor, relevance and readiness for the careers of tomorrow,” said Perry Martin, Maryknoll School president. “Programs in STEM are important to advance the education in our state, give Hawaii youth the opportunities they need to be globally competitive and help to create a workforce pipeline here in the islands.”

BAE Systems, a global defense, aerospace and security company, is one of the first businesses to collaborate with the program, and helped develop courses to meet the demands of STEM careers.

“This program is an innovative and progressive step forward to technically nurture Hawaii’s bright young men and women,,” said Galen Ho, retired executive and defense and aerospace engineer from BAE Systems. “With the growing need for STEM professionals in our workforce, the creation of the Mx Scholar Program for STEM & Aerospace comes at a critical time for Maryknoll's talented students. They will be the future leaders of our Hawaii community and our country.”

Students will learn on-site at the CAP’s renovated headquarters near Honolulu International Airport, which includes advanced flight simulators; laboratory and design equipment; and other state-of-the-art tools. All students in the program will be cadets in Maryknoll School’s Civil Air Patrol Squadron.

“The Mx Scholar Program for STEM & Aerospace will offer a unique high school experience,” said Christopher Ugale, director of Mx Scholar Programs. “There will be no school bells in these classrooms, and students will learn at their own pace, collaborate with peers and receive guidance from our specialist instructors. We’re looking for students with a passion for STEM and aviation to apply.”

To apply for the Mx Scholar Program for STEM & Aerospace, or to request a tour, call (808) 952-7300, visit, or email

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