Automotive Technology Newsletter!

February 4, 2016

Career Corner!

Welcome to our monthly "Career Corner" section! I will include career and industry-related articles, news, and/or tips, as they become available every month. If you would like to read or know more about a specific topic, please e-mail me.




National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

Our Automotive program at Leeward CC is accredited by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). The competencies students are expected to achieve in our program are based on the tasks prescribed by the NATEF and the ASE for technician certification.

As we all know, ASE Certification is an indispensable tool in Automotive industry and Automotive technician's professional development. Most of us, if not all, already know what the ASE is. If not, here is a little more information from The ASE.

Why ASE?

What is ASE?

Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is an independent non-profit organization and National Institution since 1972. It has worked to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying automotive professionals.

What Does ASE do?

The ASE promotes excellence in automotive repair and service. ASE Certified Technicians work in every part of the automotive service industry. The ASE certify the automotive technician and service professionals not the auto shops.

Why Does ASE Exist?

The ASE exists to protect the automotive service consumer, shop owner, and the automotive technician. They test and certify automotive professionals so that shop owners and service customers can better gauge a technician’s level of expertise before contracting the technician’s services. They certify the automotive technician professional so they can offer tangible proof of their technical knowledge. The ASE Certification testing means peace of mind for auto service managers, customers.

How Does ASE Certification Work?

In addition to passing an ASE Certification test, automotive technicians must have two years of on the job training or one year of on the job training and a two-year degree in automotive repair to qualify for certification.

The exams are not easy. Only two out of every three test-takers pass on their first attempt. To remain ASE certified professionals must be retest every five years to keep up with ever advancing automotive technology.

Who Writes The ASE Certification Tests?

The ASE Certification tests are written in workshops by a national panel of seasoned automotive industry professionals and executives, including working technicians, automobile manufacturers, aftermarket manufacturers, and educators. Not by any single person at ASE.

Exams are segmented by sub-specialty such as automobile, medium/heavy truck, truck equipment, school bus, collision repair, and more. There are 40-plus exams each designed to discern the automotive service technician’s knowledge of job-related skills.

Why Technicians Should Become ASE Certified

2016 - 2017 Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® Scholarship

Calling all 3rd & 4th Semester Students!!!


-Students of Professor Ishisaka's & Professor Ayakawa's Auto Trans, Manual Trans, & Electrical II classes

-Students of Professor Hirokawa's Air Conditioning/Heating class, & Engine Performance classes.

The information on the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship has finally come!

Application due by March 15, 2016 to:

Aileen Matsuda, Leeward CC Financial Aid office

Phone: 808-455-0606


Please see me for the application form and/or if you want a digital copy of the application, please email me!

Well, the requirements are below so do your best! I'm rooting for all of you!!!


1. Enrolled in at least 12 credit hours/semester as a final year student in a skilled trades program, including electronic systems, heating/air conditioning, plumbing, welding, automotive, construction, facilities maintenance or other industrial trades or public safety program, including first responded, law enforcement, prison guard, firefighter, fire safety, emergency medical technician, emergency management and disaster preparedness programs.

2. GPA 3.0 or higher on 4.0 scale.

3. Letter of recommendation from professor, teacher or advisor.

To apply:

1. Complete application forms.

2. Provide a letter of recommendation from a professor or advisor.

3. Complete official transcript request form and turn in to Admission and Records Office ($5 fee).

4. Submit an essay of 200-300 words on why student choose to study skilled trades/public safety (automotive program), how his/her achievements and/or leadership roles have helped them grow individually and their future career goals.

*Tip: Utilize your campus resources! Leewards Writing Center can really help you with this short but in-depth essay writing requirement!

5. List clubs, activities, accomplishments, leadership roles held and years involved, including those related to their filed of study or military job experience.

6. Submit completed application packet to Financial Aid office Attn. Aileen Matsuda before due date.


CTE Month® is an nationwide, annual celebration and public awareness campaign held in February by the CTE community. Leeward CC will feature various events and workshops in celebration of CTE Month® and to highlight the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs here at Leeward CC. For more information, stop by the CTE Month® information table in the Learning Commons Concourse (Feb 2, 8, 17, 22) or in front of Uluwehi Cafe (Feb 4, 10, 16).

One of the more known events that is very beneficial, is the Hawaii Small Business Fair, which will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2016, from 7:30 AM to 1:10 PM, at Leeward CC. This event is FREE and open to the public.

There are over 25 free workshops available, and you can attend up to three. (To attend workshops, preregistration is required by February 15, 2016.) To register and view the workshop schedule, please click here. Remember: space is limited!

Hawaii Small Business Fair Organizing Committee: Leeward Community College, Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism, Business Action Center, Small Business Development Center, Internal Revenue Service, Honolulu Community College, State Department of Transportation, and SCORE. For information, please call 945-1430 or 690-8332.

Celebrating CTE Month® at Leeward CC

Proud to highlight Leeward CC's CTE programs:

Accounting, Automotive Technology, Business Technology, Culinary Arts, Digital Media, Education, Health Information Technology, Information and Computer Science, Management, Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Plant Biology and Tropical Agriculture, Substance Abuse Counseling, Television Production.

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Ann Dorado, Counselor

Academic and Personal Counseling, Career Exploration and Planning, Class Registration

Tami Williams, Academic Specialist

Academic Success and Life Skills, Guidance to Campus Academic Support and Resources

Camille Basa, Peer Mentor

Peer Support and Campus Resources Connection