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Educator Training Conference Sparks New Interest in Marine Technology Vocational Programs

Monday, July 29, 2019   (0 Comments)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The American Boat and Yacht Council’s “Marine Service Technology: Educator Training Conference” wrapped up today, having energized more than 60 attendees to work together to boost the marine workforce for the future. 

“I was pleased to see such a diverse crowd of academic educators, industry instructors, and marine professionals identifying solutions and sharing ideas about training in our industry. I look forward to continuing many of the conversations that have started here this week—it is a solid event, well worth my time,” said Sarah Devlin, IBEX education director.

Margaret Podlich, ABYC Foundation Executive Director and conference organizer, was “thrilled with the response to this first conference, both from attendees as well as the industry.  The ETC “Class of 2019” is like a new set of dominos, lined up to create ripple effects in the marine industry for years to come.  And the industry really stepped up to the plate too.” 

Maine, Maryland, and Michigan Marine Trades Associations gathered financial support to help teachers from their state attend the event.  Groupe Beneteau sponsored a former employee, who now teaches at a SC technical college, to attend.  They hope to start a marine technical course that will help feed their Marion plant’s need for trained workers.

During the event, Rob Berenwick, the Marine Service Technology instructor at Ocean County Vocational Tech School (NJ), was awarded ABYC’s Horizon Award.  Over the years, Rob’s students have won over 30 SkillsUSA medals in Marine Service Technology at the state level and two national medals.  This award is given in recognition of consistent and conspicuous contributions to the future success and growth of ABYC and the recreational marine industry.

As the 3 day event drew to a close, industry representatives including Aaron Porter, Professional BoatBuilder Magazine, Jeremy Rose, Safe Harbor Marinas, and Jyrki Auvinen of Nordic Marine participated in a panel discussion on “It’s not just a Job, it’s a Successful Career.”  Each used their years of experience in the boating world, to outline a range of appealing lifelong opportunities for working in the marine industry. 

Sponsors of the 2019 Educator Training Conference include: Powerproducts, Group Beneteau, Evinrude, NMEA, Imtra, Safe Harbor Marinas, CWR Wholesale Distributors and West Marine Pro.

For more information on the 2019 or 2020 Educators Conference, and to learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Margaret Podlich at mpodlich@abycfoundation.org.

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