Leeward Community College is the latest campus to partner in Toyota Hawaiʻi’s Technical Education Program (T-TEP). Under the new agreement, Toyota Hawaiʻi will donate more than $80,000 worth of training aids to Leeward CC’s Automotive Technology Program in the first year, with additional equipment to be added every year after. Students at Leeward CC will also be eligible to apply for a T-TEP scholarship, which includes a full scholarship for the student’s remaining college education, a $2,000 tool kit, and part-time employment with Toyota Hawaiʻi as a technician apprentice.
“We’d like to extend a sincere mahalo to Toyota Hawaiʻi for this exciting partnership,” said Manny Cabral, chancellor of Leeward CC. “The high-level training opportunities, valuable student scholarships and generous donation of training tools will further enhance Leeward CC’s Automotive Technology Program.”
T-TEP first started at Honolulu Community College’s Automotive Technology Program in September 1991 and is supported by Toyota Motor Corp. and Servco Pacific Inc., the Toyota, Lexus and Subaru distributor for Hawaiʻi.
The high-level training opportunities, valuable student scholarships and generous donation of training tools will further enhance Leeward CC’s Automotive Technology Program.
“We are excited to expand our T-TEP Program to Leeward CC,” said Glenn Inouye, senior vice president of Servco, representing Toyota Hawaiʻi. “We have seen a lot of success at Honolulu CC, thanks to the dedicated instructors, and look forward to a long-term relationship with Leeward CC as well.”
Since its inception in 1991, T-TEP has supported 47 students to graduation, with nearly half currently employed with Toyota Hawaiʻi dealerships. In addition, three former graduates are now instructors in University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges. Currently, there are three scholarship students who are apprentice technicians employed at Servco. One will be graduating in May and has been interviewed for a full-time position at a Toyota Hawaiʻi dealership.