T-TEP first started at Honolulu Community College’s (Honolulu CC) Automotive Technology Program in September 1991 and is supported by Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and Servco. In May 2018, Toyota Hawaiʻi expanded the program to Leeward Community College (Leeward CC) donating over $80,000 worth of training aids to Leeward CC’s Automotive Technology program in the first year, with additional equipment to be added every year after.
Also, as part of the program, Automotive Technology students at Honolulu CC and Leeward CC are eligible for a T-TEP scholarship, which includes scholarship toward the student’s Automotive AAS degree, a $2,000 tool kit, and part-time employment with Toyota Hawaiʻi as a Technician Apprentice. T-TEP Scholarship Program has supported over 50 students to graduation, with nearly half currently employed with Toyota Hawaiʻi dealerships. In addition, three former graduates are now instructors in University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges.