A full day orientation is held in late spring, prior to the Literacy Specialist course sequence. Candidates are provided with important information for successful completion of the program, training in distance technologies required by the program, and an opportunity to meet their instructors and Literacy Specialist colleagues. Candidates who live on neighbor islands would receive a travel stipend reimbursement of up to $200 to fly to Oahu for the orientation. Candidates outside of Hawaii are welcome to attend using their own funds; however the program will provide orientation information via distance technology.