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ABYC: Interest in marine service and tech programs is robust when industry connects

ABYC ran out of the pamphlets featuring this infographic because interest in the marine industry at a career tech conference was much larger than anticipated despite having almost no marine industry presence there.

ABYC ran out of the pamphlets featuring this infographic because interest in the marine industry at a career tech conference was much larger than anticipated despite having almost no marine industry presence there.

The American Boat and Yacht Council has been stepping up its efforts to reach potential marine technicians and says interest has exceeded the group’s expectations.

ABYC quickly ran out of literature at the Association for Career and Technical Education’s national CareerTech Vision conference in Nashville, Tenn., because students and educators were so fascinated by the prospect that many hadn’t considered.

“Our booth was the only marine industry player there,” ABYC spokeswoman Shannon Aronson told Trade Only Today. “Ford had a gigantic booth with cool cars, the airplanes had simulators. Careers like woodworking and landscaping were everywhere. We were the only ones at marine industry. Some teachers said they were surprised we were there, and they didn’t think of a career for students in the marine industry — which was kind of scary honestly.”

ABYC is already signed up to participate in next year’s event by the Association for Career and Technical Education — the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers — but would like to see more marine companies involved, Aronson said.

“It would be nice to see a big turnout to make the marine industry look like a cool, fun place to be,” Aronson said. “You see all these booths with simulators and cars — it would be nice to feature the marine industry like that. I didn’t think we were going to get a lot of attention, but a lot of people were curious.”

ACTE’s next CareerTech Vision conference is slated for Nov. 28 through Dec. 1 in San Antonio, Texas.

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