Hometown Heroes: Despite pandemic, Keahole Center for Sustainability ensures educational program goes on | West Hawaii Today

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Candee Ellsworth and her colleagues at the Keahole Center for Sustainability had everything ready to go for an educational program this spring to give students on the island an idea of the opportunities they have for local STEM careers.

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The COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on those plans — at first. But Ellsworth, along with the center’s education manager Tara Spiegel-Lauder, was determined to find a way to make the program happen.
“We pulled back, and re-evaluated and reconstructed that program, and what we found were we were now in this really great situation where educators were scrambling for content and we had it,” Ellsworth said. “So it was this perfect opportunity to offer these workshops.”
As executive director of the Keahole Center for Sustainability (formerly Friends of NELHA), Ellsworth and the center applied for and were approved for a Grant-in-Aid (GIA) from the state to stage their educational program for the 2019-20 school year.
“The idea was that we would educate the educators first. We would …

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