High school principals from several DOE high schools and Kamehameha Schools attended a breakfast meeting with executives from First Hawaiian Bank, the Cutter Auto Group and staff from Honolulu CC to learn more about the Hawai’i High School Auto Academy.  The goal was to reengage high school leadership around this unique opportunity for high school Juniors and Seniors to earn college credit while gaining industry experience.


The Hawai‘i High School Auto Academy targets high school students interested in the automotive industry in which they participate in an unpaid internship at a Cutter dealership in the mornings, then attend classes at Honolulu CC in the afternoon, five days a week for six weeks to total 120 classroom hours.  Upon successful completion of the program the students will receive four college credits towards an Associates of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Automotive Technology.

The innovative summer program began 12 years ago as a collaborative partnership between Honolulu Community College, First Hawaiian Bank, Waipahu High School and the Cutter Automotive Group in response to a shortage of trained workers in the automotive technology industry.  The application deadline for summer 2015 is March 30, 2015.  If you know of someone who is interested in the program,
encourage them to email us at autoacad@hawaii.edu.

Since the program’s inception, the bank has contributed over $125,000, which covers the cost of tuition, tools and supplies.

Honolulu Community College’s Automotive Technology program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and has maintained that status since 1993.

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