Automotive Technology Newsletter!

March 17, 2016

YES! Spring Break Next Week !!!

Finally, after working hard through the semester, we get to (here comes a corny pun) press the brakes on classes. So whether you are planning for having fun in the sun, relaxing, sleeping, or working hard to get the money in what ever you do, I hope you enjoy your break! Make it worth it! Have a safe and fun Spring Break!

~ Camille

Spring Break Out of That Rut!

by Coe Snyder

Culinary Arts & Business Peer Mentor


Spring Break is a week-long opportunity to either sit back and relax, do some Spring Cleaning, and possibly, make ourselves better people. There are many options when it comes to choosing how to spend a week long break from school. Here are 7 ways to make the most of your Spring Break.


1. Start the Day Strong.

Wake up early and eat a healthy breakfast. People who wake up early are able to get things done earlier, and that can mean feeling more accomplished. With extra time in the morning, it’s easier to dedicate enough time to actually cooking breakfast and exercising (if you are willing to exercise). If you don’t know how to cook, this is the perfect opportunity to learn how to. There are countless instructional videos online.


2. Visit New Places.

There are many opportunities for adventure in Hawaii, and many people never have the time to try out those experiences. Take the day to explore places you’ve never been to. Do something touristy. There are countless experiences that are available to you. Go to a museum, on a hike, or ride the Waikiki trolley. Just do something new.


3. Visit Old Places.

Think of a place that you went to many years ago and have never gone back to. Whether it’s Bishop Museum, a favorite hike, or the North Shore, there are many places you haven’t been to in years (or decades). Take the opportunity to revisit those places. It’s surprising how much things change, and stay the same.


4. Create Art.

Whether it’s drawing, music, sculpting, writing, or other, everyone has an art form they enjoy. Take the time to create something new, or finish something old. If you don’t have an art you enjoy, take the time to explore and find an art form you can enjoy.


5.Learn a New Life Skill.

Decide on a skill you would like to have and learn how to do it. Whether it’s changing a tire, cooking a dish, or sewing on buttons, there are many skills which can be learned in a matter of hours. Take a day to learn a new skill and practice it.


6. Spring Clean.

Take the time to go through your belongings and get rid of items you no longer need or want. There are places to donate old items, and places to sell things online. If you have old clothes, donate them. If you are a hoarder who refuses to get rid of anything because you feel there will be a way to repurpose them in the future, don’t wait any longer. Go online and learn how to repurpose them now. Either you’ll end up with a remodeling project with said repurposed items, or you’ll realize it is garbage and you’ll just throw them out.


7. Plan for the Summer.

Summer is weeks away. Many people make plans to go on vacation, to get a summer job, or transfer to a new school. It doesn't have to be any of these ideas, but it should be something. Spend some time to figure out what you want from the summer. If you’re already working at a full time job or career, plan out how to advance your career. It’s never too early to start, but it end up being too late to begin.


Whatever you do, do something this Spring Break!

what are you doing during the break?

Ethan Ridela

“Over the spring break I’m going to be working at my job at NAPA.”

Alex Leong & Seattle Maunakea

“During this break, I will helping out a classmate with his El Camino project.”

  • Alex Leong (Right)



“I’m going to build an El Camino, swap a 540 small block supercharged and sand & repaint to an olive green metallic color.”

  • Seattle Maunakea (Left)

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” http://www.leeward.hawaii.edu/graduation-app


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 deadline for application/payment for Spring graduation is March 18, 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: http://studentlife.leeward.hawaii.edu/content/commencement

Spring 2015 Automotive Technology Graduates

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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: https://www2.leeward.hawaii.edu/limesurvey/index.php?sid=95958&lang=en

This will take no more than five minutes. Thank you!

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 cabasa@hawaii.edu, 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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