Automotive Technology Newsletter!

May 6, 2016

Hey all!

As this semester comes to an end, I would like to wish you all a happy, safe, and fun summer. This is the last Spring semester newsletter, I will see you in Fall semester, and to all graduates, congratulations and wish you all the very best!

Have a great Summer,

be safe and make good choices!

~ Camille

Graduation Commencement Ceremony!

Come out and congratulate our graduates in their accomplishments!

The Leeward Community College Graduation Commencement Ceremony will be at:

The Tuthill Courtyard

On Friday, May 13, 2016

From 5PM - 7:30 PM**

** Graduates, arrive at 4 PM and check-in at the bottom of the round staircase in front of the learning commons (you will check in according to LAST name), then you will line up by program.

If you plan on congratulating graduates before ceremony (no lei giving please - lei only after the ceremony), stop by at the Automotive graduates line up between 4 PM - 4.45 PM.

If you plan on greeting and/or giving lei to graduates after the ceremony:

  • Last names A-L: Meet in Lion Courtyard (In front of the Cafe)
  • Last names M-Z: Meet in Theater Courtyard (Next to the Theater and FA building)
  • Subject to change

More information on Commencement Ceremony here.

Congratulations Graduates!!!!



Summer’s coming up! It’s time to relax and get away from all the stress and challenges of college. Have fun and be adventurous, but keep one thing in mind: always work towards self-improvement! Summer break is three months long, so don’t waste these precious moments of your life. Set yourself up for success now and you’ll be more than ready for future challenges!

Here’s an excerpt of an article that’ll tell you ways you can break out of your shell and grow as a person.

42 Practical Ways To Improve Yourself by Celestine Chua

As a passionate advocate of growth, I’m continuously looking for ways to self-improve. I’ve compiled 42 of my best tips which might be helpful in your personal growth journey. Some of them are simple steps which you can engage in immediately. Some are bigger steps which takes conscious effort to act on. Here they are:

· Read a book every day. Books are concentrated sources of wisdom. The more books you read, the more wisdom you expose yourself to. What are some books you can start reading to enrich yourself?

· Learn a new language. Learning a language is a whole new skill altogether and the process of acquainting with a new language and culture is a totally a mind-opening experience.

· Pick up a new hobby. Beyond just your usual favorite hobbies, is there something new you can pick up? Any new sport you can learn? Your new hobby can also be a recreational hobby. Learning something new requires you to stretch yourself in different aspects, whether physically, mentally or emotionally.

· Level up your skills. If you have played video games before especially RPGs, you’ll know the concept of leveling up – gaining experience so you can be better and stronger. As a blogger, I’m constantly leveling up my writing skills. As a speaker, I’m constantly leveling up my public engagement abilities. What skills can you level up?

· Wake up early. Waking up early (say, 5-6am) has been acknowledged by many (Anthony Robbins, Robin Sharma, among other self-help gurus) to improve your productivity and your quality of life. I feel it’s because when you wake up early, your mindset is already set to continue the momentum and proactively live out the day. Seth recently wrote a waking up early series which you should check out to help cultivate this habit.



Professor Spotlight!

Since he was the 4th Semester instructor, only few of you got to experience how great his class was! So to give you all that didn't have the pleasure to be in his class, glimpse on this great professor, here is a little something on......

Professor Hirokawa!!

Professor Hirokawa has been working in the automotive industry since he was 15 years old. He has been in this trade for more than 50 years and still going today. It was all thanks to his hobby of racing that, in his words, "got out of hand" that brought him into this industry.

Professor Hirokawa has been teaching for 15 years and 4 months at Leeward Community College. Through those years, he has taught many subjects including Brakes, Heating Ventilation & air condition (HVAC), engine performance, diagnosis repair and lastly quantitative Methods.

This semester is Professor Hirokawa's last semester teaching. As he retires from teaching, he plans to continue working, fixing his house, and cars. Through his time here, he said that his favorite part of teaching was seeing his students learning and using new concepts. Finally, He leaves us with these words of wisdom....

"Life is a never ending learning experience,

stay sharp, pay attention, and you will be successful!"

Thank you Professor Hirokawa!

Few words from our students:

"Thank you Professor Hirokawa! I liked how you are very hard on us throughout the class, I realized you are doing that for our best interest - when to joke around and when to keep it serious. I enjoyed your class!"

"I really appreciated the tough exterior that expressed the real world experience, and the soft interior style of teaching that showed that you truly cared for us. You are one of the most memorable teachers I have had in all my life of learning. I'm truly going to miss you Professor Hirokawa, hope you have a great retirement!!!"

Professor Hirokawa, THANK YOU for your wisdom, patience, guidance, caring, support and encouragement! We really appreciate everything you do. Leeward Community College, the Automotive Program, faculty, staff, and students will really miss you!! Happy Retirement!


Looking for Summer Job?

Summer Automotive Peer Mentor Position Available

If you are interested to provide new Automotive students with peer support, campus resources information and share your knowledge and experience in the program, join our Leeward CC Career Technical Education (CTE) Peer Mentor team as an Automotive Peer Mentor!

Over the summer, you will participate in New Student Orientation, lead New Student Peer Advising, and other student support programs:
For more information and to apply, please contact our Academic Specialist, Tami Williams at (808) 455-0320 or e-mail:

For more details, go to: On campus job site: Student Employment and Cooperative Education SECE, University of Hawaii:
and on Search for Job, type Job Number: 130768.


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
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