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Yamaha Supports Marine Tech Program

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Yamaha Marine provided support to the national SkillsUSA competition in Atlanta last month, with the goal of increasing interest in marine technology careers.

Gregg Snyder, Yamaha Marine training department manager, and Mark Harden, district service manager, have served as national technical chairperson and co-chairperson of the marine technology segment of the competition since 2019, Yamaha said in a statement, which includes a list of the 2022 national winners.

“When the Yamaha team started attending the national competition, we noticed there was a lack of industry support … and we realized how important it was, not just for our dealers and tech schools but for the students attending those tech schools,” Snyder said in the statement. “We devote substantial resources and time to SkillsUSA on an annual basis to help develop a pipeline of qualified technicians for our dealer partners. When dealerships can recruit talented technicians, customer service and experiences on the water improve exponentially.”

The SkillsUSA competition was held June 20-24. SkillsUSA is a national membership association serving post-secondary, high school and middle school students who are preparing for trade and technical careers. The organization gives students opportunities to test their skills against others for a chance to compete on a national level and earn scholarships and other prizes.

Yamaha sponsored 16 labs at the competition, which included individual skill stations and a written or online test.

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