JVEF highlights education partnerships with military community

Brig. Gen. John Hillyer, mobilization assistant to the director for operations, Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, congratulates Yeoman First Class Candice Walker for outstanding volunteer service during the 16th annual JVEF in Ewa Beach, Aug. 31. Photo by MC1 Jeff Troutman

MC2 Somers Steelman

Navy Public Affairs Support Element Detachment Hawaii

The Joint Venture Education Forum (JVEF), a cooperative partnership between Hawaii’s military community, the Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) and other community organizations, highlighted success stories of Hawaii’s military students, families and volunteers during its 16th annual meeting at the Salvation Army Kroc Center Hawaii, Aug. 31.

The JVEF strives to provide positive learning environments and high quality educational opportunities for children in Hawaii’s public schools.

“As a member of the military and vice president of the Mokapu Elementary Parent Teacher Association, I know firsthand the challenges that military dependent students can go through,” said Chief Intelligence Specialist Stephanie Watson, assigned to Joint Intelligence Operations Center (JIOC), U.S. Pacific Command. “The JVEF has a huge influence on our children and the community.”

The JVEF presented awards at the event recognizing the outstanding civilian and military contributors whose efforts have had a significant impact on Hawaii’s military and public school students.

“It was great honor to have a chance to be a part of such an impactful program,” said Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class John Newell, who was recognized for his volunteer service work at the event. “As a Sailor and a parent, it is extremely rewarding to have an opportunity to improve the quality of the school and the life of the students here in Hawaii.”

U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Jon Franquez received the Daniel K. Inouye JVEF Outstanding Military Contributor Award at this year’s event, for his coordination of SeaPerch and Marine advance technology education (MATE) underwater robotics events for schools at Coast Guard Base Honolulu.

“The JVEF is a contributing and critical factor to the HIDOE’s continued success,” said Dann Carlson, assistant superintendent of HIDOE, who served as this year’s keynote speaker at the event. “We are doing incredible things here in Hawaii, and it is in large part due to our amazing relationship between the Department of Defense and HIDOE.”

Hawaii has the highest number of military-dependent children per capita in the nation, representing approximately 15,000 students or 8 percent of the total student enrollment. The majority of these students attend four schools located on or near military installations on Oahu’s Central, Leeward and Windward school districts.

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