Automotive Technology Newsletter!

February 18, 2016

2016 - 2017 Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® Scholarship

To 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.

Don't forget to work on your applications!

The due date is coming!!!

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.

Need Help with Writing?

If you are either in an English class, or any other class, or.... writing an essay for a scholarship like you know....the Grainger Scholarship, I highly suggest you take your work to the writing center. They are super helpful in getting you past your writers block or reviewing if you are getting your point across. Even if you don't believe you need the help, just try them out, it doesn't hurt to get a fresh view on your paper!
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How to making an appointment at the Writing Center!

How to Make an Appointment Online

2015-16 Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® Scholarship Recipients

"Leeward Mechanic Scholars Aspire to Teach High-Schoolers"

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Published on December 23, 2015 in the West Oahu Voice of the Midweek Paper

Article By: Paige Takeya

A love for automotive mechanics at Leeward Community College began with many long afternoons in their father’s garages for Camille Basa and Kai Takatsuka.

“My dad is actually a mechanic. I saw how he would fix cars and then whoever would need help, he was willing to just help – even if it was late at night, he’d go out and help in any way he could,” Basa, 20, recalled of her own motivation to get into the field. “It was a mix between being inspired by my dad and wanting to help people the way he did.”

Takatsuka’s dad tinkered with “hot rods and muscle cars” as more of a hobby, but he loved it all the same. “I just wanted to try something new and learn how to wrench the right way versus just in a backyard,” joked Takatsuka, a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Basa and Takatsuka recently were recognized as outstanding students and honored with the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship, each receiving $2,000 and a Grainger tool set for their exemplary work.

“This is the third time that two of our students have earned this distinction (in the same year),” said Program Coordinator Eric Pang, who also noted that this year’s winners had extra hurdles to leap in the program.

The 36-year-old Takatsuka faced a transition from soldier to student – 18 years after his own high school graduation. “It was a little tough getting back into it, but not difficult,” the Pearl City resident noted. “Once you get in there, you’ve gotta get the job done.”

Basa, as one of only two girls in her class, had different challenges: overcoming gender stereotypes. “It puts a little more pressure on you to try to get on their (the male students’) level physically and mentally,” she admitted. “It’s a little harder to connect with them because they’re guys.” Still, she says her classmates always treated her fairly, even as they motivated her to excel.

As Basa and Takatsuka look to the future, they see themselves in the high school classroom as automotive teachers. Pang notes that Basa’s future career might well be a state milestone. “She may become one of the first, if not the first, female high school automotive teacher in the state of Hawaii,” he said.

Source: West Oahu Voice of the MidWeek Paper, Published on December 23, 2015.

Graduation Application and Commencement Ceremony Information

Graduating this semester? Congratulations!!

Make sure you take all the following important steps:

1. Schedule a “Degree/Certificate Check” appointment with our counselor, Ann Dorado.

2. Submit an “Application for Degree/Certificate”

3. A non-refundable $15.00 fee is required for an Associate Degree or Certificate of Achievement, pay fees at the cashier’s office.

4. Leeward Community College Spring 2016 Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 13, 5:00 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. on Tuthill Courtyard.

5. Know the Deadline!

Priority Application and Payment Deadline for Spring 2016 Graduation is April 1, 2016.

6. Spring 2016 Commencement Ceremony

Attending Commencement Ceremony is one of the most rewarding experiences in your academic journey! For more information on the Commencement Ceremony and preparation for the Ceremony: cap and gown, audience seating, dress code, etc. please read complete information here:

Graduating Student Survey

If you're graduating this semester for an Associate Degree or Certificate of Achievement, please complete your Automotive Technology Graduating Students' survey:

This will take no more than five minutes and your response will provide invaluable information for Leeward CC Automotive program. Thank you!

Trivia Power Hour!!!

Come down for Trivia Power Hour Sponsored by your Leeward SAB. Compete in teams of 4 for food, fun, and a chance at prizes. There are two chances to participate. Come down for one or both days. Each day will be different questions and prizes. Tell your friends, tell your classmates, tell everybody.

When: Tuesday February 23rd from 3-4 PM

Wednesday February 24th from 12-1 PM

Where: GT-105

Why: Food, Fun, and Prizes

For the most up to date information on this event and future SAB events, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @SABLeeward, like us on Facebook at LeewardCC Student Activities Board.

Pre-register for this event and you will be entered to win our pre-registration prize for the day.

February is National Career And Technical Education (CTE) Month®

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.
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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Got News?

Our Automotive newsletter will be published every other week. We want to hear from you! If you want to submit any articles, pictures, any automotive related news, etc. please feel free to email them to me, Camille Basa, I will gladly publish them in for you! Thank you! - Camille

Your Student Success Support Team are Here for You:

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