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A Look Inside the Summer Internships

The HCATF Career Connections Summer Internship program takes local high school students from the learning environment of the classroom to real world experience on active jobsites.

Building Futures: Celebrating the Success of HCATF’s Summer Interns

“Work hard. Stay humble. Always be willing to learn.” These words, imparted by Keanu Ruiz-Teixeira, perfectly encapsulate the spirit of the recent graduates of the Hawaii Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund’s (HCATF) Summer Internship Program. As these twelve ambitious students celebrated the completion of their rigorous internship this past August, they reflected on a journey filled with learning, growth, and hard work.

A Competitive Journey Begins

The HCATF Summer Internship Program, a collaboration with the Department of Education, is renowned for its competitive selection process. Aspiring interns must first excel in Career Connections classes at their high schools and then distinguish themselves amongst applicants from 25 participating schools statewide. This initial phase is only the prelude to an intensive seven-week training program, combining classroom learning with practical experience on the construction sites of HRCC signatory contractors.

Rigorous Training for Real-World Skills

The interns’ journey is characterized by a 40-hour Preparatory Training Course at the HCATF Training Center, encompassing OSHA safety, First Aid and CPR, and an introduction to essential construction skills. This rigorous preparation equips them to thrive in active construction environments where they refine their carpentry, drywall training, and safety skills under the guidance of experienced contractors.

On-Site Experience and Graduation Insights

Paired with contractors, each intern had the opportunity to apply their training on real job sites, focusing on skills such as goal setting, teamwork, punctuality, and taking initiative — qualities highly valued in the industry. The culmination of their efforts was not only evident in the skills acquired but also recognized during the graduation ceremony. Contractors and representatives from companies like Hawaiian Dredging, Nordic PCL, and Nan Inc. lauded the interns for their attitudes, willingness to learn, and organizational skills.

Success and Future Prospects

The summer program not only provided valuable experience but also opened doors for future opportunities. Several interns, recognized for their work ethic and compatibility with the company culture, received offers to join as apprentices. As we congratulate graduates like Jude Aquisay, Blaize De La Cruz, and Larry Houston, we also look forward to the bright futures that lie ahead for them in the construction industry.

The Takeaway

The HCATF Summer Internship Program stands as a testament to the power of dedication, skill, and a positive mindset. As these young individuals step into their roles as apprentices, they carry with them not just the technical skills, but also the life lessons and values that will guide them throughout their careers. Congratulations to all the summer interns for your hard work and achievements — the foundation has been set for a promising future in the trades.

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