Hawaii High School Auto Academy

Group photo of students in auto shop


The Hawaiʻi High School Auto Academy targets high school students interested in the automotive industry in which they participate in an unpaid internship at a  Cutter dealership  in the mornings, then attend classes at Honolulu CC in the afternoon, five days a week for six weeks to total 120 classroom hours.  Upon successful completion of the program the students will receive four college credits towards an Associates of Applied Science (AAS) degree in  Automotive Technology.

The innovative summer program began as a collaborative partnership between Honolulu Community College,  First Hawaiian Bank, Waipahu High School and the Cutter Automotive Group in response to a shortage of trained workers in the automotive technology industry.

Since the program's inception in 2004, the bank has contributed over $125,000, which covers the cost of tuition, tools and supplies.

First Hawaiian Bank


  • Six week summer automotive experience for Juniors and Seniors.
  • Intern at a Cutter Dealership and learn theory at Honolulu Community College.
  • Receive 4 college credits towards an Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology.

How to Apply

  • Completed Application
  • Driver's License required
  • Interview will be scheduled
  • Health Clearances (MMR & TB required)

Program Timeline

  • Program runs five days a week from June 13, 2022 to July 22, 2022.
  • AM class work at Honolulu Community College
  • PM internship with a Cutter Dealership

If you are interested in the program, please email us at autoacad@hawaii.edu.


Group photo of students in a classroom

2014 Hawaiʻi High School Auto Academy

2013 Hawaiʻi High School Auto Academy

Honolulu Community College's Automotive Technology program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and has maintained that status since 1993.