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HAWAIIAN

TRADES ACADEMY

KICKSTART YOUR TRADES CAREER

our purpose

The Hawaiian Trades Program launched in 2019 to provide workforce development for economically and socially disadvantaged communities. The goal of the program is to raise the household income of families in Hawai’i.

 

This program consists of an accelerator class that takes place over a 10-week span (3 hours per week). Participants leave the program with numerous certifications like CDL licenses, OSHA-10 certification, respiratory and first aid training, financial literacy and job placement assistance.

Since inception just over a year ago, CNHA has successfully supported over 160 students. In the next year, CNHA projects to triple that number to 500.

We specialize in

  • Carpentry

  • FireFighting

  • Police

  • Solar Technicians

  • Electrical

  • CDL Licensing

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OUR TRADES PROGRAMS

CARPENTRY

OʻAHU, MAUI, MOLOKAʻI, HAWAI'I ISLAND

The Carpentry Program gives students hands-on opportunities to learn and hone skills necessary for entry level carpentry positions. The program introduces students to the foundational knowledge needed to prepare for employment in the carpentry trade and further opportunities for a career in the construction industry. Program graduates will receive trade certifications, such as, OSHA-10, Respiratory, or First Aid that add value to a resume. The course is taught by experienced industry professionals.

The program includes cultural and financial education where students will gain cultural perspective of the industry/trade/community through a Native Hawaiian lens, and will walk away with information to strengthen economic self-sufficiency. 

CDL LICENSING

OʻAHU

OʻAHU CLASSES - STARTING MAY 22, 2021

​Living on an island means many of our goods are shipped or flown in. The trucking industry is vital for moving cargo from Hawaiʻi’s ports and airports to their final destination. CNHA’s Hawaiian Trades Academy is excited to launch its first Commercial Driver License (CDL) Program to help train the next generation of truck drivers and heavy equipment operators.

The program is broken down into three phases: permit testing, simulator training, and truck training.  All instruction will be conducted in-person in west Oʻahu and last a total of 13 weeks (about 3 months). 

Phase 1: Permit Testing 

Participants are provided the Hawaiʻi CDL Manual and have two weeks to study on their own to prepare for the permit test.  During those two weeks, students have access to CDL instructors during pre-set office hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings in the event anyone has questions or needs help. Students are also emerged in mandatory Native Hawaiian cultural education and financial empowerment classes on those same nights. 

Phase 2: Simulator Training 

After passing the permit test, instruction moves to a simulator.  Small groups of students will learn how to operate a truck by sitting in the seat of a TransMaster 3 Screen, Linear Motion Driver Training Simulator.  This state-of-the-art machine is self-paced and provides adaptive training, including interactive shifting and backing modules. Students will be supervised by a CDL instructor and guided to move at a comfortable pace within a five-week period. 

Phase 3: Road Training 

The last section of training occurs in a real truck. Each participant will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a rig and take to the roads with their instructor.  All information learned from the manual and skills practiced in the simulator will merge and culminate in this practical setting.  This step is critical to a successful performance at the CDL skills test, which participants take on their own at the end of the class.   

A graduation ceremony will celebrate everyone's hard work and accomplishments at the end of the class. 

Requirements:

Eligible applicants must be 21 years of age, possess a valid driver’s license, and present a current medical examiner’s certificate completed by a certified medical examiner.  The fee for the class is $250 and does not include industry related fees and expenses. Space is limited. 

 

Due to the hybrid approach of both classroom and on-the-road training, locations for this class may vary between downtown and west Oʻahu. Participants will be provided full location details upon acceptance into the program.

FIRE

OʻAHU, KAUAʻI, MAUI

The Firefighter Program helps students prepare for a career in the Fire Department at select counties in the state of Hawaiʻi. Tailored to the specific county, the program aims to help students learn about the Fire Department’s application process, develop skills and critical thinking tools to prepare for the written exam and physical agility test, and gain first-hand knowledge and mentoring from influential leaders and veteran staff.

The program includes cultural and financial education where students will gain cultural perspective of the industry/trade/community through a Native Hawaiian lens, and will walk away with information to strengthen economic self-sufficiency.

Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and preparation to be more successful when applying as a firefighter trainee recruit. 

POLICE

OʻAHU, KAUAʻI, MAUI

The Police Program helps students prepare for a career in the Police Department at select counties in the state of Hawaiʻi. Tailored to the specific county, the program aims to help students develop skills and critical thinking needed in law enforcement. The course is designed to assist students in successfully navigating the Police Academy examinations through an intimate learning environment and mentoring from influential leaders and veteran staff of the police department.

The program includes cultural and financial education where students will gain cultural perspective of the industry/trade/community through a Native Hawaiian lens, and will walk away with information to strengthen economic self-sufficiency.

Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and preparation to be more successful when applying as a police officer recruit. 

SOLAR

OʻAHU, KAUAʻI, MAUI

CNHA's Solar Program is your gateway to a career in the solar industry.  It all starts with the fundamentals, and a solid understanding of various components, system architectures, and applications for photovoltaic (PV) systems. Other topics include site analysis, system sizing, array configuration, and performance estimation; electrical design characteristics such as wiring, overcurrent protection, and grounding; a detailed look at module and inverter specifications and characteristics; mounting methods for various roof structures and ground-mounts; and an introduction to safely and effectively commissioning grid-direct PV systems. This course focuses on grid-direct PV systems, but covers material critical to understanding all types of PV systems.

 
 

Meet the Program Managers

Rona Kekauoha

Rona is the daughter of Arleen “Puanani” (Chong) Lum Lee and the late Bernard “Bernie” Ching.  She grew up in Kaʻimukī and is the second oldest of four daughters.  She is a proud graduate of ʻIolani School and the University of Washington.  Rona has spent most of her adult life working with students in higher education and has a passion for helping Native Hawaiians. 

 

Having spent over 25 years working with traditional and non-traditional college students, Rona knows first-hand that pursuing a post-baccalaureate degree is not for everyone and is excited to be a Program Manager for CNHA’s Trades Academy programs on Oʻahu.

808-529-1632

rona@hawaiiancouncil.org

Kahealani Peleras

Born on Kauaʻi and raised in the kona district of Kekaha, Kahealani (Kahea) Peleras is a proud public school graduate of Waimea High School. She attended Heald Business College and the University of Hawaiʻi at West Oʻahu.

Kahea attributes her upbringing and family values to her nature in helping others, and passion for serving in the nonprofit sector and supporting the Native Hawaiian community. As a Program Manager, she helps implement Trades Academy programs for the neighbor islands.

808-204-2719

kahealani@hawaiiancouncil.org