Contributions of the Akamai Workforce Initiative

Publication: July 2014

Project: Akamai Workforce Initiative (AWI)

Authors: Mark St. John, Pam Castori

Type: Brief

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This brief presents a third party, external perspective on the Akamai Workforce Initiative (AWI), highlighting some of the contributions of the initiative over the last ten years. AWI is a program that seeks to develop a skilled local STEM workforce to meet the needs of Hawai’i’s growing high-tech industry. It began as an internship program launched in 2002 and is now the result of a long-term collaboration between the University of California Santa Cruz’s Institute for Scientist & Engineer Educators (ISEE), the University of Hawai’i, and local Hawaiian high-tech businesses, observatories, Air Force facilities, and higher education partners.

This brief is authored by Inverness Research, a research group external to AWI with more than 25 years of experience studying the design, implementation, and contributions of a wide range of educational improvement initiatives.

See the overview introduction and links to all the Akamai briefs.

Intended Audience

STEM Educators, School and District Administrators, Funders, and general public.


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