Free online college course focuses on sustainability

HILO — This summer, 30 Hawai‘i public high-school students have the opportunity to earn college credit for free through an online course focusing on sustainability and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Students will examine a broad spectrum of social, environmental and economic concerns that all nations must confront in the face of issues such as climate change, hunger and poverty. Special attention will be paid to how these issues impact Hawai‘i.

The course is offered by the Pacific &Asian Affairs Council and the College of Hawaiian Language (Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikolani and ‘Imiloa Center) at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Thanks to the generous support of the Mamoru &Aiko Takitani Foundation, this opportunity is offered at no cost to students.

Students who complete the seven-week summer course will not only earn college credit but also be supported in seeking social-studies credit through their high schools.

This fully-online course will include interactive activities, discussion groups, independent research and guest-speaker sessions. Students in the spring semester cohort reflected that the class’s unique structure and content have helped them stay motivated and curious in an otherwise-challenging school year.

“I found the guest speakers to be such an amazing opportunity,” one student said.

”Not many kids my age get to communicate with experts, CEOs, entrepreneurs, etc., who have such amazing jobs, and ask them about anything. I find myself spilling out all that I have learned to my family after every discussion and guest-speaker session, and they love it because they can also learn new things as well,” the student said.

Applications are due by midnight on Friday, April 16.

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