Business Solution Technologies (BST), a Hawaii‐based information technology (IT) consulting firm, announced today that Aileen Chen Brennan has joined the company as a business analyst and project manager.

Brennan will provide her expertise in software design, development and implementation to BST’s healthcare clients.

“Aileen has an extensive technical background that enables her to implement quality healthcare solutions,” said John Weldon, president of BST. “We are pleased to have her join our BST team. Her strong business analysis and project management skills will be a tremendous resource for our clients.”

Brennan has more than 15 years of experience working in the technology field for large national and international corporations including Accenture and RedEnvelope. She was most currently a senior solutions architect at Marin Software, in San Francisco, where she identified and developed custom integration solutions to successfully onboard new customers into an enterprise system platform.

A graduate of Stanford University, Brennan earned her bachelor’s degree in human biology with a focus on health economics and ethics.

Link to press release

PUL Gala 2014

The BST team at the recent American Cancer Society Hope Gala – Midnight in Tokyo celebration. BST was a sponsor of the event for a second year.

John Hawaii Public Radio

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

Stanna Abellira, BST Director of Human Resources Consulting, was named as one of Pacific Business News' 2014 Women to Watch. Abellira's advice to young women entering the business is:
  • Create and cultivate a network – You will be surprised how many opportunities will come your way when you put yourself out there.
  • Be confident – always operate with belief that you have something to contribute.
  • Push yourself and be open to new experiences – work hard to always be your best self and don’t be afraid to take risks. Even if you mess up, you will have learned something along the way.
The full article is published in the April 18, 2014 issue of PBN.

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.”

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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.