Four schools have added the American Boat & Yacht Council’s Fundamentals of Marine Service Technology to their curriculum offerings for students.
The program was developed to help secondary and post-secondary schools implement standards-based marine service classes with an inland or coastal focus. A national recognized competency certificate is available for students who pass an exam administered by the National Occupancy Competency Testing Institute.
“We are thrilled that schools from all over the country are expressing interest and hope that more and more young people will be inspired to pursue a rewarding career in the marine industry,” said Ed Sherman, ABYC vice president of education, in a statement. “This should be good news to all concerned about the workforce crisis as schools are better prepared to train future applicants.”
Participating schools receive a textbook, instructor guides, PowerPoint presentations, sample test questions and online videos.
Schools interested in adding the curriculum can check this link.
Schools currently enrolled with the marine service program include the following:
- Ocean County Vocational Technical School — Toms River, N.J.
- Portland Arts & Technology High School — Portland, Maine
- Mount Desert Island High School — Bar Harbor, Maine
- Center for Applied Technology — Edgewater, Md.
- Mid-Coast School of Technology — Rockland, Maine
- North Providence High School — North Providence, R.I.
- Coconino Association for Vocations, Industry and Technology, Page, Ariz.