Hawaiʻi Pacific University and Young Brothers Provide Project-Based Learning Opportunities for Students

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Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) students joined the leadership team from Young Brothers, LLC, to kick off a project-based learning partnership between the two organizations. Young Brothers presented five project scopes to undergraduate students in the HPU Business Administration program to help enhance the business and give students real-world career experience. The projects will run from January through April 2019.

“We place an emphasis on providing real-world learning experiences to our students,” said William Rhey, Dean of the College of Business, Hawaii Pacific University. “Our partnership with Young Brothers gives students the opportunity to gain professional experience and skills working with a leading Hawaii-based company that is tremendously valuable to future employers.”

“Young Brothers feels a deep connection to the local communities we serve,” said Joseph Boivin Jr., President, Young Brothers, LLC. “It’s remarkably rewarding to partner with HPU to help prepare the next generation of business and community leaders.”

HPU students will work on projects in the areas of sustainability, operations, regulatory compliance and marketing. This includes:

  • Developing a Cold Chain/Food Safety Cargo Handling Process that is compliant with the Federal Food Safety Modernization Act,

  • Developing a plan to increase Young Brothers’ visibility in the community and improve the Company’s brand,

  • Assessing cargo asset tracking technologies and costs for containers, chassis, LCL freight

    and other equipment,
  • Analysis of shipping costs for Hawaii’s shipping industry and assessing market changes and customer behavior, and

  • Exploration of converting trash to energy as a potential new business that could extend

    life of Hawaii’s landfills and generate renewable energy.

As the only water carrier to serve all islands, including Lāna‘i and Moloka‘i, Young Brothers plays a critical role in the local island community. Students will address unique challenges and opportunities Young Brothers faces as the water carrier responsible for transporting all cargo that originates and ends in the state.