Hawaii Colleges & Universities

What can you expect from schools in Hawaii? The Aloha State has plenty to offer on the educational front. Here's what you will find when you pursue your degree program at Hawaii colleges.

An Educational Overview of Colleges in Hawaii

A chain of eight islands and many islets that stretches for over 1500 miles, Hawaii is certainly one of the most unique states in the nation. A native kingdom until 1900, Hawaii is known for sugar cane, pineapples, flowers, lovely beaches, and active volcanoes.

What to Expect from Education in the Aloha State: Hawaii offers numerous opportunities for degree holders, particularly those who are poised to enter booming industries. Hawaii's employment projections from 2008 to 2018 show great promise of growth in the following professions:

  • • Many areas of healthcare, including nursing, medical scientists, home health aides, skin care specialists, pharmacy technicians, and more
  • • Data communications and network systems
  • • Engineers and repair workers, including those who work on sewer systems, electrical grids, construction, medical equipment repair, and more
  • • Funeral attendants and bicycle repair experts are among some of the perhaps more surprising occupations offering substantial growth in the coming years.

For those who want to earn their education in the backyard of such a beautiful land, Hawaii offers numerous private schools and community colleges to serve the population of just over 1,200,000. Most Hawaii schools are based in Honolulu, though there are several other colleges scattered throughout the islands of the state.

University of Hawaii has campuses in Honolulu, Pearl City, and Hilo. Lihue boasts Kauai Community College, Maui Community College can be found in Kahului, and Wayland Baptist University is based in Aiea. Several private universities can be found in Honolulu, including:

  • • Argosy University
  • • University of Phoenix
  • • Heald College
  • • Remington College

Why Attend Colleges in Hawaii?: Hawaii is one of 43 states that has been forced to cut back on funding for higher education. But that doesn't mean putting off your degree program. Hawaii colleges offer plenty of ways to get financial aid for those who qualify, including scholarships, loans, and grants.

Earning your degree through Hawaii schools pays off in the long run. According to a recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, earning a higher degree offers potential for higher wages and lower unemployment rates.

For examples, those who earned their associate's degree made a weekly average salary of $761 and saw an unemployment rate of 6.8 percent. Those who went further and earned their bachelor's degree increased their weekly average salary to $1,025 and saw their unemployment rate drop to 5.2 percent.

According to the BLS, the median annual income for all occupations in Hawaii was $42,760 in 2009. Here are a few more facts, courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau, that can make living in Hawaii even more appealing:

  • • The average home value in Hawaii is approximately $272,700.
  • • The median household income in Hawaii is $66,701.
  • • Among those aged 25 or older, 26.2 percent hold a bachelor's degree.

Schools in Hawaii can offer degree programs to help you reach your educational goals. Whether you opt for a certificate that tests your knowledge in a particular field or want to pursue your master's degree in order to advance with that lucrative promotion at work, Hawaii colleges might be your answer to career success.

The writer Shannon Dauphin is a journalist with almost twenty years of experience behind her pen. An avid researcher and occasional novelist, she works and plays on the Georgia coast.

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