Skills USA advisor Ryne Terao along with members Tiernan Kehoe(ChapterPresident), Braxton Ah Nee(Chapter Vice President), and Mason Silva(Chapter Secretary/Treasurer) attended the May Foundation board meeting to passionately talk about the program and the 2016 Skills USA conference they attended in Honolulu on February 25-26. They also thanked the Foundation and its supporters for providing funds for uniforms for the students and advisor. The students participated in various competitions to test their skills in automotive service technology and troubleshooting. One of the Kapaa members, Tieman Kehoe placed 2nd in the State and received a $7500 scholarship to attend Universal Technology Institute and a $1000 a semester scholarship to attend any University of Hawaii Community College Automotive Program.
Skills USA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Their mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers and responsible citizens by providing leadership, technical and professional skills training. Students learn public speaking, occupational skills training in automotive, building, electrial/electronics, and health industries. They are also taught the values of good citizenship, entrepreneurship, and customer service.