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ABYC marine-tech program gaining momentum

The American Boat and Yacht Council is stepping up its industry-wide efforts to address a growing workforce shortage on the service technician side.

Three schools have adopted the new marine tech curriculum developed by the ABYC, and at least a dozen more are interested in more information about the program.

ABYC released its marine service technology program in December to help secondary schools implement standards-based curriculum with an inland or coastal focus.

Already two schools in Maine — Mount Desert Island High School and Portland Arts and Technology High School — and the Ocean County Vocational School in New Jersey, have implemented the program, ABYC spokeswoman Shannon Aronson told Trade Only Today.

“We already have another dozen schools interested, and they are responding to the fact that we make it so easy for schools to integrate these programs,” Aronson said.

The program includes curriculums, tests, and study guides to make it “as simple as possible for the school administration to insert a marine service program,” Aronson said.

“We have received at least a dozen calls of interest asking for more information from around the country including Arizona, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Washington.

G3 Boats, Skeeter Boats and Yamaha Marine all contributed resources to that program, Aronson said.

ABYC will also roll out Spanish testing and study guides for electrical certification, its most popular course, on April 1 — another program that received industry support.

Brunswick and MarineMax contributed to the development of the testing and study guides, and Wards Marine Electric had their Spanish-speaking ABYC certified technicians proofread the study guide and test to make sure all the technical translations were correct.

“We also had a boat builder in Spain, Sasga Yachts, review the material and dialect translation,” Aronson said. “We’re really excited about these programs.”

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