The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas Educational Foundation, in partnership with the American Boat and Yacht Council, is seeking applications for two scholarship programs.
The basic scholarship provides the recipient complimentary access to ABYC’s Introduction to Basic Marine Electrical & Corrosion Mitigation, a four-day course for newcomers to marine electricity that provides students with the information to get started in this area of marine service. It is valued at $985.
The advanced scholarship grants the recipient the ability to gain complimentary access to one of ABYC’s marine certifications, which include Marine Systems, Marine Electrical, Marine Corrosion, ABYC Standards Knowledge, Marine Diesel Engines, Marine Gasoline Engines, Marine Composites and Marine A/C-Refrigeration Certification. These also are four-day courses, valued at as much as $1,170 each.
"Whether you’re just getting started in marine service or you’re an experienced technician, ABYC training and certification can help you take your career and your dealership to the next level,” ABYC president John Adey said in a statement. "With the new skills you’ll take away from our courses, you’ll be able to improve your service department’s customer satisfaction, profitability and professionalism.”
"If we’re going to make a dent in the marine technician shortage, we need to offer today’s service department employees the continuing education to build a career in this industry,” MRAA Educational Foundation executive director Liz Walz said. "We truly are grateful for the training opportunities provided by these ABYC scholarships, as they allow recipients to build a brighter future in the boating business, which not only benefits the dealership, but also the industry at large.”
Employees of MRAA retail members are eligible to apply for the scholarships. The 2015 recipients will be announced at the Nov. 15-18 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla.