Honolulu CC honors distinguished alumni
2012 Distinguished Alumni
- Jerome W. Albritton (AS ’75 police science)
Jerome Albritton retired from the Arlington Police Department after serving the Arlington, Texas community for 30 years and had the honor of being name Police Officer of the Year in 1992. Albritton continued on to his second career with the Fort Worth Marshal’s Office where he is currently a sergeant assigned to the City Hall School attendance court sections.
- Charles-Alan Castillo (AAS ’02 human services)
Charles-Allan L. Castillo is the assistant vice president in resource development for Aloha United Way. A life-long learner, he is pursuing a baccalaureate degree in social work at Hawaiʻi Pacific University. A guest speaker for Honolulu’s human services program, Castillo also volunteered as a mentor for the Children’s Alliance of Hawaiʻi and served as a counselor with AUW’s Asthma Camp.
- Gary R. MacDonald (AS ’70 automotive mechanics technology)
An engineer for the Boeing Company, Gary MacDonald recently surpassed his 35-year anniversary with the company. He was accepted into Boeing’s Technical Fellowship, the youngest engineer to receive this honor within the flight deck design group. MacDonald also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, Washington State Science Olympiad and Honolulu’s High School to HCC recruitment event.
- Jason T. Oshiro (AS ’94 commercial arts)
After receiving his degree from Honolulu, Jason Oshiro went on to graduate from the California College of Arts and worked as a graphic designer in Los Angeles and San Francisco before returning to Hawaiʻi. Oshiro is a publication specialist for Honolulu CC. Known for his professionalism and design integrity, Oshiro has lent his talents to produce original work for Honolulu CC and the University of Hawaiʻi System.
- Jonathan K. Wong (AA ’98 liberal arts)
After graduating from Honolulu CC, Jonathan Wong has received his BA, MBA and MEd from UH Mānoa, MS from Hawaiʻi Pacific University and is currently working toward his masters in public administration at UH Mānoa. Wong previously worked as the technology coordinator for the Native Hawaiian Center at Honolulu CC and is currently the pathways learning support coordinator at Kapiʻolani Community College.
2012 Outstanding Community Partner
First Hawaiian Bank has sponsored the Hawaiʻi High School Auto Academy along with Honolulu Community College, the Cutter Automotive Group and various DOE high schools and Kamehameha Schools. Since the program’s inception in 2004, the bank has contributed more than $125,000 to cover the student’s cost of tuition, tools and supplies. The program is geared to high school students interested in the automotive industry and provides them with advanced automotive training and college credit towards an automotive technology degree.
First Hawaiian Bank Foundation is the charitable arm of First Hawaiian Bank. In 2011 the foundation and bank contributed more than $2.5 million to 400 non-profit organizations. The foundation funds educational opportunities, access to healthcare, services for youth and children, human service needs and support for the culture and arts.
The Celebrate! 2012 awards dinner will be on Thursday, October 25 at Honolulu Community College. The event will be emceed by local radio personality and entertainer Gregg Hammer, and will include a silent auction with unique one-of-a-kind items, Hawaiian food and live music entertainment.
A portion of the funds raised will benefit the Honolulu Community College’s General Scholarship Endowment Fund.
For more information and to purchase tickets online visit the Celebrate! 2012 website.
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