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In the spirit of holiday giving, BST is pleased to be partnering with the UH foundation to create two scholarships for deserving students at the Shidler College of Business at UH Manoa, who are working toward a degree in human resources management or information technology. Happy Holidays!

For more information on how you can support our local students, please visit: www.shidler.hawaii.edu/alumni/giving-opportunities.

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BST supports Hawaii Public Radio’s Fall 2016 Pledge drive. John Weldon offers an on-air challenge during day 3 to encourage new members to join HPR!

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BST made a 2015 holiday donation to Hale Kipa, a local organization that provides shelter, outreach services and residential programs to Hawaii’s homeless and at-risk youth. For more information about how you can help, please visit www.halekipa.org.

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John Weldon joins Hawaii Public Radio’s (HPR) team on-air and offers a dollar-for-dollar matching challenge during day 2 of the station’s 2015 Fall fund drive.

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The BST team at the Special Olympics Hawaii 2015 Summer Games. Our team participated as volunteers in the Healthy Athlete area, which provides health and fitness screenings for all athletes. BST also selected Special Olympics Hawaii as our 2014 holiday gifting beneficiary.

Gabriela Noriega

Business Solution Technologies (BST), a Hawaii-based information technology (IT) firm, announced today that Gabriela Noriega has joined the company as a project manager. Noriega will provide her expertise to BST’s clients in project and program management for large-scale IT projects.

“We are excited to have Gabriela join our team with her background in managing technology product development projects and her work as a quality engineer,” said John Weldon, president of BST. “Her ability to understand the design, development and management aspects of our client projects, and her expertise with successfully leading large cross-functional teams is a tremendous resource for BST and our clients.”

Noriega recently relocated to Hawai‘i and has more than eight years of experience working in the technology product development field for InvenSense and Analog Devices, where she was based in the Boston area. She was previously a senior program manager and led product development teams for next-generation semiconductor microphones.

A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, Noriega earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with a biomedical option. She also holds a master’s degree in engineering management from Tufts University. Noriega is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Jung Pak

Business Solution Technologies (BST), a Hawaii-based information technology (IT) firm, announced today that Jung Pak has rejoined the company.

With more than 15 years of experience, Pak will provide his project management and technical expertise in developing and implementing Oracle PeopleSoft systems, which is one of the most widely used Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions in the world.

We are happy that Jung is back in Hawaii to support our clients with their major PeopleSoft projects, said John Weldon, president of BST. Jung’s experience with BST and the Oracle Corporation helps our clients take full advantage of the latest in PeopleSoft human resources information systems (HRIS) technologies. Pak previously worked with BST from 2008 to 2011 providing PeopleSoft systems implementation and upgrade services for the company’s largest corporate and government clients. Prior to returning to Hawaii and BST, Pak was based in Irvine, California as a senior principal PeopleSoft consultant for the Oracle Corporation, providing solutions for clients in the healthcare, education and accounting services areas. He also previously held positions at Quiksilver, Inc. and the former PeopleSoft, Inc. as a senior consultant.

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BST President, John Weldon, offers a donor challenge and reads pledges at Hawaii Public Radio’s (HPR) recent ‘Challenge 2014’ fund drive.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Tuesday lauded Hawaii’s public school system for progress made in the third year of its four-year $75 million Race to the Top grant, calling Hawaii a model for other states.

The praise marks a sharp turnaround from a year ago, when Hawaii’s grant was still partially flagged for the state’s slow progress in achieving goals in its aggressive reform plan.

Hawaii won the Race money in 2010 after pledging sweeping education reforms, including plans to turn around its lowest-performing schools, boost student achievement and improve teacher and principal effectiveness.

The U.S. Department of Education had placed Hawaii’s prize on “high-risk” status in December 2011, citing concerns about whether the state’s promised reforms could be met. Officials warned at the time that Hawaii’s “unsatisfactory performance” could jeopardize its funding. The warning label was partially lifted in February 2013 and completely removed last summer.

“When we originally gave (Hawaii) the Race to the Top grant, lots of folks really doubted our judgment there, thought there was no way they could be successful,” Duncan told reporters Tuesday on an embargoed conference call.

Duncan continued, “They absolutely initially struggled. There were conversations whether we were going to have to start to pull money back or withhold money, and they’ve just shown amazing leadership and in a relatively short amount of time made huge progress both on system-level changes” and student achievement.

Year 3 progress reports for the 11 states and the District of Columbia that won Race grants totaling nearly $4 billion in 2010 were released Tuesday evening.

Hawaii’s progress report credits the state for taking “key steps toward ensuring that all of the state’s educators are equipped with the resources they need and students are prepared to be successful in college and careers.”

“The third-year report is a testament to the remarkable efforts of our educators in meeting elevated expectations,” Schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi said in a statement. “As we head into the final months of the grant, we continue our commitment to put into place systems and practices that will keep our students successful in college, careers and community long after the grant ends.

Race to the Top was an important step in the transformation of our public school system and we are staying the course.”

View full report here: http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/DOE%20Forms/RTTT/RTTTYear3.pdf

The Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) was commended as a model for other states because of the progress made in the 3rd year of its 4-year Race to the Top (RTT) grant. BST developed the human resources information system, eHR, which automates and streamlines a number of human resource processes for the DOE, and contributed toward the RTT grant success.