The WCC Early College High School (ECHS) program targets Native Hawaiian, First Generation, and low socioeconomic status (SES) students while at high school (HS). College instructors teach college courses at the high school allowing for dual high school/college credit. These courses have the same content and student learning outcomes as our on campus courses. However, success is promoted by partnering the college instructor with a high school instructor, “the success coach,” who helps to motivate, engage, track, and mentor students. Removing financial, transportation, and social barriers by offering the classes at the high schools tuition free for high school students only further promotes success.

  • 429 Dual Enrolled students at WCC
  • 19% of total WCC enrollment
  • 94% overall success rate (C or better)
  • 25-30% of students continue post-graduation to WCC, which is higher than the overall rate from any of our target high schools and higher than most ECHS programs.
  • 3.4 average GPA for ECHS students
  • High Schools served include
    • Castle HS
    • Hakipuʻu Learning Center
    • Kahuku IHS
    • Hawaiian Academy of Kahuku IHS
    • Kailua HS
    • Ke Kula o SM Kamakau
    • Kamehameha Schools, Kapālama Campus
    • Nānākulu HS
    • Olomana School
    • Roosevelt HS
  • Courses are offered both in English and Hawaiian medium.