Automotive instructors learn about hybrid and electric vehicles.

With the growth of hybrid and electric vehicle sales across the nation, the emerging need for skilled automotive technicians is on the rise.  Addressing this gap, automotive instructors from Honolulu Community College, Kaua’i Community College and Leeward Community College participated in an intense training in hybrid and electric vehicle repair and maintenance.

“These instructors have been studying both theory and application as they learn to be problem solvers and diagnostic specialists,” shares Jack Rosebro, Instructor with Perfect Sky who taught the workshop. “The ability to be a self-learner and adapt to the changes of the auto industry will enable these instructors to be successful when transferring this knowledge to their students.”

The four-day workshop allowed these instructors to immerse themselves in the theory behind the operation of electric drives and gave them the opportunity to test their knowledge by working on actual vehicles like the Nissan Leaf.

“I’ll be able to implement different teaching techniques that I learned from our instructor and my peers in my classroom,” shares Gordon Talbo, hybrid/EV program coordinator for Kaua’i CC.  “There is strong support and collaboration between the community colleges, which makes training opportunities like this so valuable.”

This training was made available as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training Grant, better known as C3T Hawai‘i.

C3T Hawai‘i is a $24.6 million grant awarded to the University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges through the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. The grant will fuel the development of education and training curriculum and student academic/career coaching, which targets certificate and degree programs specific to the needs of agriculture, energy and health industries. These industry-focused, employer-driven programs are designed to increase college completion rates and provide job opportunities to the C3T participants.

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