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MRAA seeks donations for scholarship fund

Arguably the No. 1 problem at dealerships these days is the growing shortage of marine technicians. It’s been the subject of stories in our industry trade magazines. It was a major focus at last year’s Marine Dealer Conference & Expo (this year’s MDCE is set for Dec. 10-13 in Orlando.)

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas said dealers report that the shortage is clearly growing. Unfilled positions often leave them struggling to keep up with the expectations of speed and efficient service that today’s customers have.

The MRAA has put out a call for help through the MRAA Educational Foundation to fill some of those critical positions. This year the MRAA has received many deserving applications for its Technical Scholarships.

“We’re in a position to send more current and prospective marine technicians for training than ever before,” MRAA president Matt Gruhn said — “if we have the funding needed, that is.”

If the industry generates $12,000 in donations to the foundation’s Technical Scholarship Fund by the close of business next Monday, the MRAA will be able to grant scholarships to everyone who has submitted an acceptable application.

“What it means is more skilled technicians working in our marine dealerships this time next year,” said Gruhn. “Here’s an opportunity to make a difference for our industry and support efforts to put badly needed trained technical professionals in open positions.”

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