Leeward CC Automotive Newsletter!

March 23 , 2015

YES! Spring Break!!!

Finally after working so hard through the semester we finally get to (here comes a corny pun) press the brakes on classes.So if you are having fun in the sun, relaxing, sleeping, or just working hard to get the money in what ever you do,

I hope you all have a safe break!

Make it worth it!

and have fun!

Well....see guys back on March 30th!!

- Camille Basa -

What happens after?

Last newsletter I asked you to remind yourself why you got into the program or why you chose Automotive Technology as your major. Now that you thought back, lets think ahead.

Imagine yourself after the program, holding your certificate and saying "What now?"

- Do I leave it as a hobby, work/ continue working in a shop, or explore something new?

- it's a frightening thought to not know what comes next, the unexpected. Wherever you are in the program, whether your in your last year or you just declared yourself an Automotive major it is not to late or early to plan ahead.

So take the time to think forward. Now here is what a few a students and myself plan to do after the program to give you some thought.

------------------So guys-------------"What are you going to do after the automotive program?"

Dayton Lopes -3rd Semester

"After the program I'm going to pursue automotive as a hobby and take up electrical engineering as a career!"

Camille Basa- 3rd Semester

"After graduating from the program, I hope to find a job....well anywhere in the trade, so I can get more experience applying my knowledge to real world car problems. In this process I plan to come back to Leeward and take on education classes in hope to become an automotive teacher one day!"

Micheal Dacon- 3rd Semester

"After the program I plan to go to school for nursing in the mainland and use automotive as a hobby."

Donald Jennings- Quantitative Methods Course

"I'm all for the automotive field. After graduating I plan to work for more experience at a dealership or at any automotive shop. So with enough experience I can open up my own shop one day."

You Can Do It!

Article by Marguerite Kono
Health Information Technology Peer Mentor
Career and Technical Education

As we approach our midterms I’m sure you are all immersed in studying for them. If you are among the lucky students who aren’t stressing over midterms, but are simply chugging along with your assignments and quizzes, I’m sure you will still appreciate the sentiment as well. I thought I would take this opportunity to share some uplifting and motivational quotes and statements with you.


“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” –Thomas A. Edison

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. ~Henry Ford

I hope these inspirational tidbits remind you to continue to persevere and to conquer that midterm, project, or assignment. You have worked so hard to get to this point and you owe it to yourself to achieve a successful outcome. Good luck to one and all!

------hey "soon to be" graduates------read this!

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The Commencement Ceremony is on May 15, 2015. To make sure you take all the steps necessary, do the following:

  1. Set up a “Degree/Certificate Check” appointment with your counselor, Ann Dorado

  2. Submit an “Application for Degree/Certificate”

  3. Know the deadlines!

    1. To have your name printed in the Commencement Ceremony Program and to participate in the Ceremony: Pay fees at the Cashier’s Office by Friday, April 17.

    2. Any “Applications for Degree/Certificate” received after April 17th are not guaranteed to be listed in the Commencement Ceremony Program. However, you are still eligible to participate in the Ceremony.

    3. Deadline to participate in the Commencement Ceremony (no name in the program): Pay the fees at the cashier’s office by Wednesday, May 6th. Any applications after May 6th are not guaranteed to participate in the Ceremony.

  4. Pay the fees at the Cashiers Office by the deadlines

  5. After you complete Steps 1-4 you will receive a postcard in the mail and an e-mail to your hawaii.edu account with instructions on how to RSVP (sign up) for Commencement.

You can ONLY RSVP (sign up to participate) online and the link will be included in the postcard and the e-mail.

set up a "degree/certificate check" appointment now!

The easiest way to make an appointment with your counselor, Ann Dorado, is through MyLeeward:

  • Login with your user name and password to MyUH: http://myuh.hawaii.edu

  • In the center of the screen where all the tabs are, click on the “MyLeeward” tab

  • Go to My Success Network, click on Ann Dorado’s “See available appointments”

  • Click on the day in the calendar and click on the available time slot

  • Select a reason for your appointment and description. Submit

Got some news?

If you want to submit any articles, please feel free to email them to me (cabasa@hawaii.edu) and I will gladly publish them in for you!

Any Questions? Please do not hesitate to contact us:

Ann Dorado, Counselor

Academic Counseling and Planning, Class Registration

Tami Williams, Academic Specialist

Campus Resources, Academic Skills