Honolulu CC’s summer exploration program celebrates 84 high school students

(Via Hawaii News Now)

On Wednesday, July 9, 84 high school students entering grades 10-12, and 16 recent Oahu high school graduates celebrated their completion of the Honolulu Community College Construction Academy Summer Program.

The program ended with a special recognition ceremony where they crowned Clynt Araki as their new Gundam Champion, for his exception craftsmanship and creativity.

The student teams given the task to design and fabricate a one-of-a-kind metal robot figure based on the classic anime, Gundam.  Each mini gundam prototype was put on display for friends and family who attended the recognition ceremony.  

“The goal of our summer program is to ultimately give our students the chance to experience a little bit of the college campus scene,” said Julian Tyrell, Construction Academy Summer Program Coordinator,  “Students get the opportunity to get hands on training in various trades, giving them the opportunity to make informed choices, so that they can steer their own futures.”

The four-week summer program administered by Honolulu CC exposed first-time students to five different trades- carpentry, welding, sheet metal, small vessel fabrication & repair and technologies that covered architecture, engineering and CAD.  Students who returned to the summer program for a second or third time, participated in an advanced curriculum featuring carpentry and welding.

“With the future workforce projection in the construction industry, we are able to provide career exploration that will eventually lead students to Honolulu CC to obtain a certificate or degree in a specific career or technical program eventually providing an entry point into the workforce,” said Tyrell. 

Since its first year in operation in 2008 with just 12 students, the Construction Academy Summer Program has grown over its six-year existence.  The program fills the gap of industrial education in public schools as an extension of the Construction Academy that is in approximately 30 high schools across the state during the academic year.  The program is funded by grant through the U.S. Department of Labor and continues to operate on legislative funding.

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