The American Boat and Yacht Council Foundation is partnering with BRP Evinrude in a special December donation campaign to fund two outboard engines for marine technology classrooms.
The ABYC Foundation is seeking donations to reach $7,000 per outboard to ensure delivery to schools in need of hands-on student training opportunities. The marine industry is suffering from a shortage of technicians, and the campaign seeks to fulfill an educational need while helping young students pursue careers as marine technicians.
One 75-hp Evinrude E-TEC engine will be donated to the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District Career-Tech Center and used to train students for a career in the Traverse City, Mich., area.
One 40-hp Evinrude E-TEC engine will be donated to the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School for use on a student-built, Phil Bolger-designed 18-foot Diablo Grande.
BRP Evinrude will ship the engines with all the trimmings for installation by the students.
“We are so excited to have been given such an incredible opportunity by ABYC to receive this 75-hp Evinrude outboard motor, which will give our students the opportunity to work on the latest marine motor technology and better equip them to become certified technicians,” TBAISD Career-Tech Center principal Patrick Lamb said in a statement. “This will help with overall training and preparation of our students to support our business and industry partners.”
The outboard donations are a part of the ABYC Foundation’s end-of-year campaign, “Project: Change a Life and Support Boating’s Future.” Each week this month, a new donation opportunity is highlighted, focusing on helping marine technical programs across the country with much needed resources that include outboards, textbooks and quality curriculum.
"ABYC is and has always been an essential and fundamental component of the Marine Systems Technology CTE program at Urban Assembly New York Harbor School,” said Brendan Malone, marine systems technology teacher at the UANY Harbor School. “Our entire curriculum is based on the marine trades curriculum, the marine service assessment and other educational materials prepared by ABYC."