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Oceanit Partners with Sustainable Hawaii Youth Leadership Initiative to Build Future STEM Workforce

Posted March 10, 2016 in Community Service, STEM

SHYLI youth delegates and mentors at the Fourth Annual Job Shadow Day Reception held at Oceanit.

Encouraging youth to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is vital for the future of Hawaii. STEM skills can open doors to incredibly rewarding careers and build a local workforce.

Working with the Sustainable Hawaii Youth Leadership Initiative (SHYLI), Oceanit hosted a Job Shadow Day Reception at their corporate office for SHYLI youth and their mentors. Oceanit also provided opportunities for SHYLI youth delegates to learn about career pathways in technology, biomedicine, and engineering by providing opportunities to shadow staff in their fields of interest. This year’s student participants included Jacqueline Noborikawa; Serena Le; Juanito Moses, Jr.; Tania DuPont; and Elijah Anakalea-Buckley.

For the past three decades, Oceanit has made it a priority to build a talent pipeline that is prepared to meet future challenges and a workforce that generates the next wave of innovation. It is estimated that by 2018, there will be 1.2 million open jobs in the United States in the fields that make up STEM. Oceanit is committed to building the technology industry in Hawaii by mentoring students in robotics and other STEM programs.

SHYLI works in conjunction with businesses and organizations to build a new generation of leaders, innovative thinkers, and action-oriented individuals by connecting local students with strategic opportunities that contribute to Hawaii’s culture, economy, and environment. For more information about the Sustainable Hawaii Youth Leadership Initiative and their work, please visit their website at http://www.shyli.org.