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ABYC Foundation & AIM Collaborate to Provide Free Web-Accessible Textbook for Marine Service Schools

Thursday, April 16, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shannon Aronson
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The American Boat & Yacht Council Foundation (ABYC Foundation) and Active Interest Media (AIM) announced a new partnership to help school educators and their students navigate the new online-intensive teaching and learning world. The ABYC textbook, Fundamentals of Marine Service Technology, is now available as a free web-accessible book, for marine service educators and their current students to use. 

“Right now, teachers are searching for ways to continue supporting their students, and AIM Marine Group is proud to partner with ABYC, the leader in technical education in the marine industry, and provide our Boater’s University platform for educators and students to view the Fundamentals of Marine Service Technology textbook for free,” said AIM Marine Group president Gary DeSanctis.

The Northwest Career and Technical Academy (NCTA), located in Anacortes, Washington, is one school taking advantage of the free resource. In Washington state, all school districts are mandated to be physically closed for the remainder of the academic year but continue to provide instruction for the remaining 10 weeks.

“Our program is intensely project-based learning,” said Wes Fridell, NCTA marine services instructor. “With no way of providing at-school, hands-on learning, ABYC’s Fundamentals textbook takes on a significant role to focus students. Making it available online - and at no cost - has just made my lesson planning that much more robust. I can't thank ABYC and AIM enough for making this a reality. It's a crazy world right now and having a touch of normalcy for students to work with is priceless.”

David Mackey, power sports & equipment instructor at Michigan’s Wexford Missaukee Career Technical Center also expressed gratitude for the ability to access to textbook online.

“Thank you for supporting education at this unusual time. With this resource, we can continue our marine service training and our path to get students into the industry,” said Mackey.

Chapters in the textbook range from general shop safety and practices, to marine electrical system theory, servicing boat trailers, and maintenance and troubleshooting for outboards, gas, and diesel inboards. The textbook also features QR codes with access to online teaching videos. The hardback book is regularly priced at $149 and is affiliated with a larger curriculum and instructor materials available for purchase through ABYC.

“This is donation by AIM is a wonderful statement about their solidarity with the marine industry,” said Margaret Podlich, executive director of the nonprofit ABYC Foundation. “Instructors are faced with finishing the semester in a totally new context, so for them to be able to provide well-vetted content, free of charge to their students, is a great way to provide continuity to our country’s future marine service techs.”

Teachers are encouraged to contact Margaret Podlich at mpodlich@abycfoundation.org for more information or to request access to the Fundamentals of Marine Service Technology available through August 2020. To sign up for ongoing classroom educator information, subscribe at www.abycfoundation.org.

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