MIASF showcases industry to Florida school

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida hosted about 45 teachers for a Dillard High School faculty field trip on Monday.

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida hosted about 45 teachers for a Dillard High School faculty field trip on Monday.

A tour of the Roscioli Yachting Center, followed by a water taxi ride along the New River, showcased dozens of high-wage marine industry jobs to the faculty and guests.

The event was coordinated by Steven Wasserman, interim chairman of the Council for Educational Change and senior vice president for Jones Lang LaSalle, along with Casandra Robinson, principal of Dillard High School, to provide educators with information about the correlation between what’s taught in the classroom and industry needs, providing real-world, hands-on applications and curriculum support.

“The tour will help Dillard teachers inspire and prepare students to pursue well-paying jobs, careers and professions that are in high demand,” Wasserman said in a statement leading up to the event.

The council partners business executives with principals to improve the quality of education in their schools and help prepare the future workforce.

“This experience will help teachers design a curriculum in their classroom that will guide the students’ career and professional paths in the technical, health and science, marine and other growing industries in South Florida,” Wasserman said.

Sean Smith, director of membership for MIASF, worked with Wasserman to design the marine industry program, which included a panel discussion with education and marine industry experts that included Sean Gallagan, associate dean, marine programs, Broward College; James Brewer, director of business development at Derecktor Shipyards; and Bob Roscioli, owner of Roscioli Yachting Center.

“We are excited to show this group of influencers the marine industry job opportunities that are available and share information that these jobs typically pay 28 percent higher than the state average,” Smith said.


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