With the growth of hybrid and electric vehicle sales across the nation, the emerging need for skilled automotive technicians is on the rise. Addressing this gap, automotive instructors from Honolulu Community College, Kauaʻi Community College and Leeward Community College participated in an intense training in hybrid and electric vehicle repair and maintenance.
The four-day workshop allowed the instructors to immerse themselves in the theory behind the operation of electric drives and gave them the opportunity to test their knowledge by working on actual vehicles like the Nissan Leaf.
“These instructors learned theory and application to be problem solvers and diagnostic specialists,” said Jack Rosebro, instructor with Perfect Sky. Rosebro taught the workshop. “The ability to be a self-learner and adapt to the changes of the auto industry will enable these instructors to be successful when transferring this knowledge to their students.”
“I’ll be able to implement different teaching techniques that I learned from our instructor and my peers in my classroom,” said Professor Gordon Talbo, hybrid/EV program coordinator for Kaua'i CC. “There is strong support and collaboration between the community colleges, which makes training opportunities like this so valuable.”
This training was made available as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training Grant (C3T).
Read the Honolulu CC news release for more information.