The American Boat and Yacht Council added the New England Institute of Technology in Warwick, R.I., to its Marine League of Schools.
The addition brings to six the number of post-secondary institutions that belong to the league for the delivery of standards-based technical work force education and training.
The league was established in 2009 to address the industry's need for highly trained, industry-certified workers.
In the institute's marine technology program students learn theory and practical training in marine mechanics, electronics, marine systems, repair and service, as well as business procedures using marine-specific software. Students can earn an associate's degree in marine technology in as little as 18 months.
"I recognize NEIT's great value to the marine industry and welcome NEIT as the new college within the Marine League," ABYC president Skip Burdon said in a statement: "NEIT is one of the flagship marine technology colleges in the country. Their emphasis on hands-on-training and practical applications gives graduates a competitive edge in the workplace."
The other league schools are Broward College in Florida; Rappahannock Community College in Virginia; Skagit Valley College in Washington; The Boat School in Maine; and Honolulu Community College in Hawaii.
ABYC hopes to expand the league to 10 schools within the next few years.