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7/23/2019 to 7/25/2019
When: July 23-25, 2019
Where: ABYC Headquarters - Hornor Maritime Center
613 Third St
Third Floor
Annapolis, Maryland  21403
United States
Contact: 410-990-4460

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Join ABYC and the ABYC Foundation for the inaugural train-the-trainer event at our headquarters in Annapolis, MD.

The 3-day Educator Training Conference will feature specific topics to enhance the knowledge, delivery, and support of marine instructors. Whether your school has a successful program, just got on board with the ABYC program, or are looking into ways to develop a program to service your local community, this event is for you!

Participants can expect to gain insight into several topics including:

  • Today’s tech school climate and the modern student
  • Stretching instructor knowledge and resources
  • Shop stocking, layout, and safety
  • Creating and managing a curriculum advisory committee
  • ABYC resources and how to use them
  • Evinrude curriculum training

Build a sense of community among marine technology instructors and join your colleagues in an unprecedented atmosphere of learning, idea exchange, and resource sharing.


Who Should Attend

Educators, instructors,  school administrators who are teaching or interested in teaching a marine technology course, and institutions considering a marine program.



Open Registration:

ABYC Members: $599

Nonmembers: $699

Price includes:coffee with breakfast and lunch, and networking events!

Please let us know upon registration if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies. We will do our best to accommodate food intolerance /special diets - but there is no guarantee! 



Tuesday the 23rd:

State of the Workforce:  Solutions – Join the Marine Trades Association of Maryland as they discuss the diverse workforce, state funding and integration of a robust curriculum that is making the future of boat service in the Chesapeake area a bit brighter.

Evolution of “Tech Ed” and the Modern Student – Rodney Bolton from Anne Arundel County Public Schools will discuss the changes in technical education and how the student and parents’ expectations are dramatically different than just a short time ago.  Are you serving the needs of the modern student?

Genesis of the Marine Service Technology Curriculum and Why it Works – ABYC ‘s Ed Sherman will discuss the creation and resources behind the Fundamentals of Marine Service Technology curriculum.  What it was designed for, its benefits and how it fits into the school system.

Instructor Resources – Not every school has access to a marine technology instructor with the vast experience that includes all aspects of the industry demand's.  Tour the resources that are available to help instructors effectively teach the content.

Training Aids – Learn from experienced tech instructors as we walk through several examples of training aids that bring the elements in the textbook to life.  Several schools will share their favorites and instructors will facilitate some hands-on training as well.

Shop Setup: Tools, Supplies, Safety – A panel discussion of experienced marine service technology instructors that will relay their best practices when it comes to shop setup, tools, supplies and safety around the lab area.

Wednesday the 24th:

Stretching Yourself – Why you can and should teach to the book – Longtime educator and ABYC Education Vice President Ed Sherman offers his philosophy and instruction on why each and every element of the Fundamentals has a place in your classroom and ultimately in the workforce.

Effective Presentation of Technical Information – This is a look at the latest in technical resources that help keep students engaged and alert on topics that otherwise may be a bit cumbersome to teach. 

Evinrude - In spiring 2019, Evinrude donated $2 million in new outboards to the ABYC Foundation, to boost hands-on tech training nationwide.

Learn more about the ABYC Foundation Evinrude Outboard Program as we provide the following sessions:

1.       How to get involved – How does your school get an outboard and how does the program work?

2.        Evinrude’s Outboard Essentials – Providing the basic curriculum that results in an entry level certificate from Evinrude.

3.       Hands on – Evinrude’s lead instructor will walk through the basics that instructors need to know and how to turn this outboard donation into the ultimate training aid.  The instructor will be performing these tasks on the Evinrude G2 outboard in the class.  Providing practical experience with lots of time for Q&A.

Thursday the 25th:

Selecting and Surviving a Curriculum Advisory Committee – We all need them, industry advisors that help us along the way when it comes to relationships with the community, job opportunities and much needed advice.  How do you ensure that this group is effective and does not sidetrack your program?  How do you get what you need but not what you don’t, all while maintaining these vital relationships.

The Career Path – It’s not just a job, it’s a successful career -  Industry veterans will arm you with the information you need to know to sell your program to both students and parents as a long-term employment opportunity that can combine love of boats and the water with a well-paying satisfying career.

The ABYC Foundation & Resources: Help us Help You – Executive Director Margaret Podlich will walk you through the available resources from the ABYC Foundation and share plans for the development of future programs that will benefit your institutions, students, local businesses and ultimately contribute to keeping people safe on the water.

Panel Discussion – Our presenters will be available for a robust Q&A session on all topics of interest, bring your best questions and we’ll provide the answers!


Local Accommodations & Attractions

Attendees are responsible for arranging their own transportation and lodging.

ABYC has a corporate rate at the Hilton Garden Inn Annapolis Downtown located at:

174 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

Click Here to book for your stay at the Hilton Garden to receive ABYC's corporate rate.

If you are interested in enjoying some of the local Annapolis attractions,  click the link below for more information:


ADA Requests
Attendees with ADA accommodations must inform the ABYC in writing of said needs at the time of registration to ensure that any special accommodations can be made.

Refunds will not be considered for non-attendance or for requests received less than 10 days prior to the start date. Cancellation requests may be emailed to Casey Bates at cbates@abycinc.org.

ABYC reserves the right to cancel the conference, no later than two weeks prior to the start date.  Please take this into consideration when making any travel or accommodation arrangements.  ABYC will not provide any reimbursements for travel expenses.

For more information on ABYC Education policies click: HERE


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