Photo by Carol Spags Photography. Darrell Honeycutt, 2012 Haywood Community College automotive systems technology graduate, was named Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award recipient for 2019. He is program manager in the College’s Business & Industry Department and is an automotive instructor. Pictured left to right is HCC President Dr. Barbara Parker recognizing Honeycutt at a recent graduation ceremony.

Darrell Honeycutt, 2012 Haywood Community College automotive systems technology graduate, was named Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award recipient for 2019. Honeycutt is program manager in the College’s Business & Industry Department and is an automotive instructor. He teaches students on the main campus as well as students at Pisgah High School through the Career and College Promise Program.  

While higher education is a huge part of Honeycutt’s life, he did not intend on pursuing a college education for himself. “My dad had a trucking company and I grew up working on diesels,” he explains. “I went into the Marines and got the training I needed through that experience.”

After Honeycutt’s time in the Marines, he worked at several car dealerships but quickly figured out that he needed to return to school. “I knew I needed a better education to better myself.”

Never did Honeycutt plan to become a teacher. However, teaching has proved to be uniquely suited to Honeycutt.

In the Marines, he worked as a diesel technician and heavy-duty wrecker driver. Eventually, he became a shop foreman and managed about 20 Marines and 350 trucks where his teaching career really got its start. Honeycutt joined the Marines straight after graduating from Pisgah High School. He served for five years including time in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Japan.

In another teaching role, Honeycutt has spent more than 20 years volunteering for Boy Scouts. Following his three sons through the Scouts, Honeycutt serves as a Scout Master. Joining the survival skills learned in the Marines with what his family taught him growing up, he teaches scouts wilderness survival and how to live by the 12 scout laws.

Honeycutt has found his teaching career to be very fulfilling. “I really enjoy the interaction with students, passing my knowledge on and helping them achieve their goals to get a great job. I try to incorporate soft skills into what I teach to make the students more employable and successful.”

In his free time, Honeycutt can be found deer hunting, trout fishing, hiking and backpacking.        

Registration for fall semester is now open. For more information about registration, visit haywood.edu or email hcc-advising@haywood.edu. For information regarding the Automotive programs, contact Honeycutt at dhoneycutt@haywood.edu or 828-627-4582.