The future of the boating work force

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Check out today’s newsletter story on Broward Community College’s Marine Technology Center of Excellence.

Given today’s distressed economy it is refreshing to know some people can still donate to causes that will help the marine industry. Nearly a half million in cash and equipment has already been raised for the program, and at least another $2 million is needed to finish the building in Florida that will educate students, preparing them for work in the industry.

Students in BCC’s program earn an associate of science degree and will graduate with the skills needed to excel in the various careers available to them in the marine industry.

BCC’s program would not have been possible without support from industry companies, trade associations and other groups and individuals committed to growing boating, despite the challenges the industry faces.

The Florida program is a good beginning.

Are more such programs needed? What are the chances of a nation-wide push for similar programs at community colleges throughout the United States?

Beth Rosenberg
Staff writer

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