The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii and the Hawaii Career and Technical Education (CTE) Office are launching new online workshops to assist homebound students continue their career and technical education.

Hawaii business leaders are hosting virtual industry seminars through Nepris, an online education platform that gives students a real-life look at a variety of career opportunities here in Hawaii. Four Hawaii businesses will host chats this week that are available to families live and on-demand.

“As we adapt to a new way of working and learning, it’s critical that we continue our efforts to help Hawaii students continue their learning, including accessing meaningful career opportunities here at home,” Sherry Menor-McNamara, President & CEO, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii said. “These interactive seminars provide a real-life look into career paths and even serve as the first step to career recruitment. Mahalo to our business partners for stepping up to host these virtual chats during a difficult time and to the State CTE Office for making this valuable platform accessible to all Hawaii families.”

“The Hawaii State Career and Technical Education office was excited to learn that Nepris had opened its platform for free through April,” Bernadette Howard, Hawaii State Director for Career and Technical Education said. “Our office has been collaborating with them for several years. They are an amazing supplement to our Career and Technical Education programs. As students shift to online learning, it’s important that we continue to provide access to these kinds of career learning opportunities. We thank the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii and Hawaii businesses for stepping up during this difficult time to support our future workforce.”

Educators and families can click here to learn more and sign up for upcoming chats. Accounts are complimentary through the month of April.

Chats will be held live from April 8-15 by leaders with the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation, Uncle’s Hawaiian Ice Cream Sandwiches, NSC Technologies and Dana Labels. The recommended audience for individuals chats ranges from kindergarten through post-secondary.

More information on the upcoming seminars follows:

  • April 8, 2020/10:00-10:30 am: “Working in Tech in Hawaii”; Speaker: Ellen Ng – Economic Development Specialist; HTDC – Entrepreneurs Sandbox; Audience: 9-12th grade, post-secondary
  • April 9, 2020/10:00-10:45 am: “Starting and Growing an Ice Cream Business”, Speakers: “Uncle” Paul Logan and Barbara Logan – Founders/Owners; Uncle’s Hawaiian Ice Cream Sandwiches; Audience: K-12th grade
  • April 13, 2020/10:00-10:30 am: “Pearl Harbor: How to jump-start your career, experience not required”, Speakers: Anthony Garcia – Recruiter, Chris Alvarez – Manager; NSC Technologies; Audience: 9-12th grade, post-secondary, general
  • April 15, 2020/10:00-10:30 am: “Design with Purpose, Print with Aloha”: Graphic Design and Print Production, Speaker: Susan Hanes – Director of Development; Dana Labels; Audience: 9-12th grade

The Chamber has a number of additional chat opportunities available. Interested business leaders should click here to learn more.

The chats are hosted by Nepris, a platform used by more than 1,000 Hawaii teachers to virtually connect students with guest speakers to gain real-world relevance and career exposure. They are giving every parent, student and educator unlimited access to their LIVE Industry Chats and Video Library, so students can continue learning from home. Students can now hear directly from experts about how their learning applies in the real world through live, virtual sessions, as well as access 9,000+ videos of past sessions, anytime, anywhere.