Background, awards, major curriculum modifications, etc.

2014: New course format
All courses changed from lecture/lab to simply lecture. All software used in the program is available free to students, and e-mail and cell phones make it easy for students to collaborate on projects. Students complete most projects outside of scheduled class times -- at home or in AEC open labs. New format makes scheduling of gen. ed. classes easier and works better for students with outside employment or other obligations that make very long hours at the college difficult.

2007: Students win national design competition
A group of 11 AEC students competed in a moon habitat student design competition sponsored by the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES). Other teams were from Purdue University, University of Colorado, University of Southern California, University of Maryland, Colorado School of Mines, and other schools. HCC's team was the only one from a community college. HCC won in final judging at the annual PISCES conference where the team presented its design for a semi-sustainable habitat composed of four 26-foot spheres, each with a unique function designed for survival and exploration in the lunar environment. The win garnered front page news in the Hilo newspaper and individual commendations from Governor Linda Lingle.

2006: Students win HCC Futures Display Competition
First-year AEC students designed and built a futuristic model of the campus in 2050.

2005: Program-related school and community service requirement added

2001: Program reorganized. Name changed to Architectural, Engineering and CAD Technologies (AEC)
Manual drafting had gradually given way to computer drafting. Reorganization completed the transformation and eliminated the word "drafting" in the program name. Program acronym AEC emulates that of the Architectural, Engineering, and Construction industry and was nominated by the winner of a rename-the-program competition at Hawai'i Community College. Program courses were upgraded, and the degree was upgraded from Associate in Applied Science to Associate in Science. Labs and offices were renovated.

1996: Program name changed back to Drafting Technology (DT) as engineering option added
Former name was Architectural Drafting Technology (DRAFT). Two program options: Architectural and Engineering. Engineering Technology program phased out. The two-option DT program would be short-lived, though.
The program is 50 years old in 1996.

1995: Field Shadow Experience course introduced (DRAFT 70)

1990: Program name changed to Architectural Drafting Technology (ADT)
Former name was Drafting Technology (DRAFT)

1989: Three 100-level courses introduced
ARCH 100, Introduction to Man's Built Environment (now AEC 135, Introduction to the Built Environment), ARCH 121, Design Drawing, and ARCH 122, Freehand Drawing, were unofficially articulated with the UH School of Architecture. The courses were changed at UH before formal articulation was accomplished.

1987: First computer drawing course introduced (DRAFT 61)
AutoCAD® Release 9

1984: Drafting students win Honolulu Community College Raft Race
Annual raft race on the Kapalama Canal next to the school was discontinued the next year after health issues about water in the canal.
Members of the team were the "Draft Rats."

1966: School renamed Honolulu Community College

1965: School becomes part of the University of Hawaii system

1955: School renamed Honolulu Technical School

1946: Drafting program (along with the Refrigeration program) established at the school
Instruction would be exclusively in manual drafting (T-squares, triangles, etc.) for the next 41 years.

1927: School becomes Honolulu Vocational School

1920: School established as Territorial Trade School in Palama
Automotive and Carpentry were among the first programs.