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Big Island Educational Foundation

Aloha and Welcome to the SHRM Hawaii Educational Foundation Big Island District

We invite you to attend our workshops, typically held every other month. Our workshops strive to provide training material to help HR professionals address topics such as succession planning, measuring the ROI of training programs, and compliance issues. We hope to see you at one of our workshops!

Big Island Representative Leayne Trubell
Membership Chair Melody O'Halloran
Program Chair Jackie DeLuz Watanabe, Alika Cost
East Treasurer Gretchen Magnuson
West Treasurer Criste Ching

GET-A-L.I.F.E. Launched on the Big Island!

Free speakers from the local business community offer teachers a supplemental curriculum for 9th through 12th grade.


Get-A-Life volunteer speakers provide educators with 1 to 2 hours of classroom time (Two 50-minute sessions) at no cost! Using small group activities, role playing and demonstrations, the program will:

  • Support "school to career" education;
  • Help students become more workforce ready; and
  • Open a dialogue between local employers and students.

Volunteer instructors come to your classroom and use interactive activities to show students the importance of communication and how to present themselves to potential employers. Instructors will also introduce tools to help students develop job-seeking skills and help motivate young people prepare for a brighter future as productive and reliable workers.

(Look Into Future Employment)

  • Bridges the "skills gap" between education and work
  • Provides students with a real-life understanding of the workplace

It's FREE and EASY
All you need is an overhead projector and screen (or white board). Student name tags are helpful, but not required.

To schedule a speaker for your class, contact one of the GET-A-L.I.F.E. volunteer coordinators:

Jeracah Lawless
Jackie DeLuz Watanabe
Sylvia Dahlby

More Info: GET-A-L.I.F.E. is developed by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in partnership with the Hawaii State Department of Education. SHRM's GET-A-L.I.F.E. community outreach and workforce development program is a proven success on Oahu and is now available on the Big Island.

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