Measures expand HINET Program and continue successful Promise Program to help with tuition and basic needsHonolulu, Hawaiʻi – To offset the costs of a community college student's basic needs such as food and transportation, and paying for tuition, state lawmakers passed two bills last session appropriating more than $2.3 million in state funds to help our young people achieve their dream of a college education.
Governor David Ige today signed one of these bills, SB50 SD2 HD1 the Hawai'i Nutrition Employment and Training Program (HINET), into law during a ceremony at the State Capitol.
- This bill appropriates $910,000 ($455,000 for each of the next two fiscal years) to continue the HINET program and hire seven full-time instructional and student support positions.
- HINET helps students cover the cost of food, transportation, books, and necessary tools.
- HINET is a workforce and education training program offered to students who receive or are eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits and are enrolled at least part-time at a University of Hawaiʻi community college in an approved program.
- HINET staff work with students one-on-one to address their needs and goals, and match them with training.