Marine Trades Association of Maryland Participates in SkillsUSA National Signing Day

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Student Nick Gagnon was recognized while his parents Keith (center) and Jessica Gagnon (left) watched. Workforce development coordinator Lia Jaros is pictured on the right.

Student Nick Gagnon was recognized while his parents Keith (center) and Jessica Gagnon (left) watched. Workforce development coordinator Lia Jaros is pictured on the right.

Forest Tech held a SkillsUSA National Signing Day to acknowledge soon-to-be graduates who have secured employment in the trades before the end of their high school careers.

The Marine Trades Association of Maryland was present to recognize a student of Forrest Tech’s electrical wiring program, Nick Gagnon.

Gagnon will be participating in MTAM’s six-week on-the-job training program at Washburn’s Boat Yard in Solomons, Md., following his graduation. He will learn how the electrical wiring skills he gained at Forrest Tech translate to wiring boats and what opportunities exist in the boating industry for young skilled professionals.

“We are eager to support any event that recognizes the importance of celebrating a young person’s strengths,” said MTAM executive director Suzan Zellers in a statement. “It is especially exciting to shine the light on young people going into the trades. This represents a step in the right direction.”

Michael Towne, Forrest Tech’s electrical wiring instructor, coordinated the event, inviting parents, press, and industry representatives.

“Nick is an incredibly good kid and a good, hard worker,” said Towne. “I'm going to miss him next year. It's kids like him that remind me why I love my job so much.” 

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