Joe Corbaci, Regional Product Support Manager of Hawthorne Cat

Students in Honolulu Community College’s Diesel Technology program will benefit from the generosity of donor Hawthorne Cat. They recently gifted the department five diesel engines and $6,875 in scholarship money to benefit students in the program.

Through the efforts of lead diesel instructor, Bobby Salvatierra and the University of Hawai’i Foundation, the relationship with Hawthorne Cat has been revived.

“Their donation will make a positive impact to enable students to fulfill their dreams of being a heavy equipment technician. The monies will assist with the financial burdens students often face. Some of the monies will allow the program to purchase items to enhance the student learning experience,”shares Salvatierra.

“By allowing students to work with Cat engines it gives them a head start if they plan to work for the prestigious company. Cat has been a big contributor to the program and with more support from great companies like them, the diesel program will expand exponentially,” he continues.

Honolulu CC Chancellor Erika Lacro looks on as Joe Corbaci signs the ceremonial check.

At the April 20 check presentation were Hawthorne Cat representative Joe Corbaci, Regional Product Support Manager; and Travis Tilton, General Service Manager.

Mahalo Hawthorne Cat for your generosity to support our students’ learning and future success!