Yamaha makes outboard engines, personal watercraft, boats and accessories for the recreational marine industry.
The two partnered to bring a program to Fort Myers Technical College.
Net sales for the marine business unit were down almost 11 percent.
The outboard manufacturer’s program creates a student-to-technician pipeline for Yamaha dealers and provides technical schools with instructor-led courses and tools.
Yamaha confirmed its commitment to workforce development during a visit from U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt.
A spike in water recreation makes monitoring pollution even more critical.
Plants in Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, Missouri, Indianapolis, Florida and Wisconsin have shut.
Apalachicola Bay was the Gulf’s leading producer of oysters before the oil spill.
Yamaha president Ben Speciale says the company considered a range of factors when it developed the 425-hp outboard.
South Carolina business has a long relationship with Yamaha.
Yamaha is bringing adult-learning courses to the Bay State in a pilot program.
The first five all had jobs waiting by the end of the course.
While marine was up 4 percent, companywide sales for the first three quarters were flat with last year.