iCAN: Getting students ready for the workplace

Honolulu Community College will graduate its first iCAN class of 10 students Thursday, May 7.
The students completed a series of Individualized Career Achievement Network workshops to improve their reading, writing, math and workplace skills. The national program  has been recognized as an effective strategy for certifying workplace skills and predicting workplace success.  Over one million certificates have been issued and more than 40 states have statewide or regional certificate programs.
“Many of the students had low employment prospects before this class. Their English and math skills needed to be improved and most of them were lacking the confidence to pursue their goals,” said Steven Auerbach, Director of Continuing Education at Honolulu Community College.
One student in particular, Robert Hartman Jr., always felt embarrassed by the difficulties he had in school but since attending iCAN regularly he says he has found so many reasons to keep trying.
“I have a strong desire to go to college. As long as I get to wake up every day I need to do my  best and be productive. You’re never too old to learn,” Robert explained.  He plans to pursue a college degree in aircraft or diesel mechanics.
The next iCAN class begins on May 18 and registration is ongoing. Contact Honolulu Community College Office of Continuing Education at , or by email at .

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