The National Marine Manufacturers Association said a ribbon-cutting ceremony today signaled the official opening of the new Marine Service Technology Academy at Lindsey Hopkins Technical College in Miami-Dade, Fla.
The NMMA said the academy is a new certification program created through a partnership among the Miami-Dade Public Schools, the city of Miami (Commissioner Frank Carollo) and the Miami Bayside Foundation in which students receive technical training in inboard and outboard boat engine repair, as well as boat electronics and plumbing, hull repair and general boat maintenance.
The NMMA said it has worked closely with the team that created the new academy as part of its effort to identify opportunities for the recreational marine industry to attract workers. The new academy is a pilot program that gives students enrolled a unique opportunity to develop sailing and motorboat hands-on-experience in and out of the water, provided by Shake-a-Leg.
The NMMA said the foundation and Carollo have provided the funds to cover the costs of tools and equipment for the program. The foundation also has provided scholarship funds for students enrolled in the program who live in Miami.
“Our goal with this program is to create opportunities by providing the students with a skill set that puts them in jobs in the marine industry in Miami,” foundation executive director Kathleen Murphy said in a statement.
The academy is part of the foundation’s educational programs, which the NMMA said focus on providing financial support for education in Miami.