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There are many options to affording a college education. It is expensive but not impossible. Going to a community college is a good way to complete a lot of classes without having to pay the high prices of a university. Your degree at the end of the day is only going to say where you graduated, not where you took all your classes.

April Lum '99

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Religion | MSW

April Lum is a 1999 graduate of Pearl City High School. She attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa immediately after graduation through the College Opportunities Program (COP) and graduated with a BA in Religion. She returned to the University of Hawaii at Manoa to pursue a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree and graduated in 2018 with a specialization in Child and Family. April has numerous years of experience working with children and families involved in the Child Welfare System. In her previous positions, April developed, implemented, and maintained support services for resource families to help provide a trauma-informed home environment for children in foster care. She also collaborated with Child Welfare Services and partner agencies to provide permanent placements for hard-to-place children in the child welfare system. She currently serves as the Director of Programs at Family Programs Hawaii, where she oversees several state contracts and programs. April and her husband have been licensed resource caregivers (formerly called foster parents) for many years and she is grateful to serve this population in her professional and personal life.

Other Advice/Information

I career shadowed a few different careers while I was in high school. I didn’t end up pursuing any of them but it was helpful to try it out and see what it was all about before I spent four years studying for it.

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