South Florida marine industry joins with Junior Achievement on storefront exhibit

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The Sea the World exhibit opens May 1.

The Sea the World exhibit opens May 1.

Junior Achievement of South Florida teamed with 23 marine companies to launch Sea the World, a storefront exhibit designed to show students the career opportunities. It opens May 1 in Patten Family Finance Park at JA World Huizenga Center at the Lillian S. Well Pavilion.

Sea the World consists of nine walls, each one representing a discipline. They include engine room, yachting professionals, shipyard trade workers and other areas of interest, such as marina management, boat sales and boatbuilding.

“As an owner/operator of a small business invested in the maritime world, I’ve seen first-hand how difficult it is to find skilled labor to meet our business growth,” Christine Battles, CAO of Advanced Mechanical Enterprises, said in a statement. “Our industry is a gold mine of opportunities for the next generation. I’ve made a personal commitment to inspire their interest in our field, which will in turn maintain the maritime industry as a thriving economic force in the state.”

A tour Sea the World will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on May 1.