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Jeremy Robinson

Majoring in mechanical engineering, 22-year-old Jeremy Robinson is completing pre-requisites at KCC. From Royal Kunia, Robinson said his decision to go to KCC for his studies was because tuition was more affordable compared to UH Mānoa, and since he is paying out of pocket KCC accommodates to his financial status.

As a mechanical engineering major, Robinson hopes to become a commercial pilot so that he can build experience to one day fly a jet. 

“Every time, when I was a little kid, I always liked going to those air shows at Kāneʻohe Bay, so that’s what made me interested in becoming a pilot,” Robinson said.

Within two years, Robinson is looking to transfer to UH Mānoa so that he can achieve his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. 

Isaiah Johnson

Isaiah Johnson is a 20-year-old Mechanical Engineering major at KCC. Johnson is a freshman who is originally from Long Beach, Calif. His dream is to start his own business to fix cars.

“I want to have my own business where I fix cars and help others,” Johnson said. “I want to expand my mind in the process and help others fix cars too. I want to learn more about how cars are engineered and designed.”

Johnson decided to pursue this career path since he has multiple family leaders who are already a part of it.

“I actually have some family members who are already chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineers,” he said. “They’ve helped me know more about their fields. My aunt in particular is a mechanical engineer and I love what she does.”

After he graduates from KCC, Johnson does not yet know where he will attend university. He does have interest in Cal-Poly Pomona, which is a engineering college in California. However, Johnson also has interest in joining the military–specifically the army and navy–after his graduation from KCC.

“I have a lot of family members who are part of the army,” Johnson said. “I have interest in doing a mechanical engineering program in the army and I’ll get paid a lot for it too. I’m still pondering if I’ll do this though.”

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Kiki Heacook

About to graduate this semester, 29 year old Kiki Heacook is a Liberal Arts major from Kāneʻohe. After KCC, she plans to transfer over to UH Mānoa to study Chinese in order to become a cryptic linguist.

“They make a lot of money,” Heacook laughed, “Same pay as engineers, but a lot less stressful schooling.”

Heacook has an 11 year old child who is her main focus in life, aside from finishing school. She was forced to work during her kid’s early years, unable to concentrate fully on her own education because of an inconsistent schedule. Now, she’s able to continue full-time and is nearly done here at KCC.

In her free time, Heacook enjoys working out at 24 Hour Fitness, spending time with her kid, or, as a massage therapist, helping out people.

Marcus Fikse-Thompson

Marcus Fikse-Thompson is the coordinator for KCC’s culinary arts Hawaiʻi Cook Apprenticeship program and Hawaiʻi Restaurant Management Apprenticeship program. Originally from Granite Falls, Wash., the 32-year-old got into his position as program coordinator in May 2017 after building a connection with Ronald Takahashi, KCC’s culinary arts department chair. The two worked together to bring these apprenticeship programs to life and were able to do so with the help of receiving a grant from the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

“It’s a really incredible program, I love this job mainly because it feels like I work for a non-profit in a lot of ways because I get to go out to restaurants and go out to the community and tell people about opportunities for them to be able to get free culinary training,” Fikse-Thompson said. 

With both programs lasting about 25 to 30 weeks long, Fikse-Thompson said he is hoping to recruit more people to take part in these programs. Those who are interested can apply online for the next round which will begin on March 25 for the Hawaiʻi Restaurant Management Apprenticeship program and March 29 for the Hawaiʻi Cook Apprenticeship program. 

Justin Nguyen

Justin Nguyen is a 22-year-old Biology major here at KCC. As a native from Kaimukī, Nguyen is in his senior year of college. Having already completed most of his college credits on the mainland at Creighton University in Nebraska, Nguyen came back to KCC to finish his bachelor’s degree.

“A lot of healthcare jobs are associated with this major [biology]”, Nguyen said. “I also have a lot of friends being biology majors, so I thought that we could help each other study and stuff. Biology is really interesting, too, though, I really enjoyed science in high school.”

Nguyen plans on returning to Creighton University after he receives his bachelor’s of science in biology. At Creighton, Nguyen wishes to enter dentistry school. His dream is to become a pediatric dentist, and he has held this dream for an extremely long time.

“I remember when I was four or five, I went to the dentist for the first time,” he said. “I got really excited, and I told my mom that I wanted to be a dentist. I always enjoyed my dentist —his name was David Sumikawa — he was super kind and nice to children. He really cared about his job, and that got me interested in this profession.”

For other people who wish to follow the biology or dentistry path, Nguyen encourages students to study and work hard and to not slack off. Additionally, Nguyen believes that by reviewing old school work and notes, you can build your knowledge up and be able to do well in more difficult classes.

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  • Isaiah JohnsonIsaiah Johnson
    Isaiah Johnson is a 20-year-old Mechanical Engineering major at KCC. Johnson is a freshman who is originally from Long Beach, Calif. His dream is to start his own business to fix cars. "I want to have my own business where I fix cars and help others," Johnson said. "I want to expand my mind in the process and help others fix cars too. I want to learn more about how cars are engineered and designed." Johnson decided to pursue this career path since he has multiple family leaders who are already a part of it. "I actually have some family members who are already chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineers," he said. "They've helped me know more about their fields. My aunt in particular is a mechanical engineer and I love what she does." After he graduates from KCC, Johnson does not yet know where he will attend university. He does have interest in Cal-Poly Pomona, which is a engineering college in California. However, Johnson also has interest in joining the military--specifically the army and navy--after his graduation from KCC. "I have a lot of family members who are part of the army," Johnson said. "I have interest in doing a mechanical engineering program in the army and I'll get paid a lot for it too. I'm still pondering if I'll do this though."

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