Maryland students gain educational tour of Baltimore show

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Students at the Center of Applied Technology South, a youth vocational training school based in Edgewater, Md., will receive a behind-the-scenes, in-depth marine professional experience at the Progressive Baltimore Boat Show, courtesy of the American Boat and Yacht Council and National Marine Manufacturer’s Association.

About 20 career and technology students from five high schools — Annapolis, Broadneck, South River, Southern and Severna Park — enrolled in CAT South's Marine Repair Technology program will meet with factory representatives, NMMA leaders, show managers and dealers.

Students will also hear a formal presentation on the state of the marine industry and advice on marine industry careers on March 1. The show runs from Feb. 28 through March 3 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

“One of ABYC’s best contributions to our industry is ensuring that students who are interested in a career in boating get all the standards-based tools and knowledge they need to be successful in their future careers as a marine technician,” ABYC president John Adey said in a statement.

The students will also participate in the NMMA’s Fred’s Shed, an interactive experience for boat show visitors who are interested in maintaining, repairing or upgrading their own boats and engines. Instructor Larry Jenc, who is ABYC-certified, will be Fred at this show, helping add to the boat owner’s experience and student lessons.

The marine repair program prepares students for a career, or advanced training and post-secondary education, in the marine industry with regards to marine manufacturing, maintenance, repair and design. Students are later encouraged to test for ABYC’s Standards Certification that address specific compliance issues relevant to engineers, installers, compliance inspectors and marine surveyors. Visit ABYC at Booth 106. Fred’s Shed will be in space D 16.

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