Fishing Coalition Hails Funding for Young Fishermen’s Development Act

Image via Fishing Communities Coalition. A national coalition of community-based, small-boat commercial fishermen is hailing a congressional decision to include $1 million to fund the Young Fishermen’s Development Act (YFDA) in the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package for fiscal year 2023. Members of the Fishing Communities Coalition (FCC) worked with members of Congress for more […]

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MRAA awards 2022 scholarships

Five scholarships were awarded by the MRAA Educational Foundation at the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas Award’s Luncheon at Dealer Week on Dec. 7, in Austin, TX. The Kevin Lodder Scholarship, The Duane Spader Leadership Scholarship and three MTA Technical Scholarships were awarded by the organization.   Kevin Lodder Scholarship   Kirsty Stevens, Owner […]

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MarineMax partners with Junior Achievement of South Florida

MarineMax recently announced a partnership with Junior Achievement (JA) of South Florida, a non-profit organization focused on youth workforce readiness and entrepreneurship. Two projects are currently in the works, both aimed at educating younger generations about the marine industry.  The first program was founded and created in 2018 by Christine Battles with Advanced Mechanical Enterprises. […]

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Massachusetts creates Office of Outdoor Recreation

Massachusetts became the 18th state to establish an Office of Outdoor Recreation – drawing praise from Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) and bolstering the ability of the nation’s $862 billion outdoor recreation economy to grow even more. Massachusetts’ Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito welcomed an enthusiastic audience full of recreation and conservation advocates to celebrate the new […]

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Yamaha technical school program expands

The Yamaha Marine Technical School Partnership program (TSP) added ten new schools to its growing list of participants during the last 12 months, bringing the total number to 117 nationwide. Developed in 2015, Yamaha’s TSP program aims to develop a stronger marine technician workforce through a certified curriculum, Yamaha systems access and product donations used […]

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ABYC names new accreditation director

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) has named Sarah Devlin as the new accreditation director to manage and promote the ABYC Foundation’s expanding Marine Trades Accreditation Program (MTAP), which launched earlier this year. Devlin will work directly with secondary and post-secondary schools across the country that are educating future marine technicians. “I am eager […]

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NMMA team visits Syntec, Yamaha

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) team spent time in Georgia last week visiting two member company facilities, including Syntec Industries in Rome and Dalton, as well as Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America, located in Newnan. Long time members of the NMMA, Syntec Industries offers the most extensive collection of carpets, resilient flooring, LVT, […]

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Solutions for the labor shortage

By Margaret PodlichExecutive Director, ABYC Foundation A Minnesota High School faces a 50% cafeteria worker shortage and needs to feed 2500 students a day. It now pays students $16/hour and gives them course credits to work alongside adults. Students work between classes, don’t need transportation to their jobs, and are having fun. In six years, […]

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New director of learning and development joins MarineMax

Mirtha Collin, a mission-driven leader with more than 20 years of experience managing diverse multi-disciplinary teams, joins MarineMax as Director of Learning and Development.  The Director of Learning and Development role is new at MarineMax and will complement the People Strategy function, an important part of the MarineMax mission. Mirtha will have the responsibility of […]

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The SkillsUSA Reveille

By Margaret Podlich Thousands of polite, pulled-together, 16-22 year olds descended on Atlanta during a sweltering week in June. They hailed from high schools, post-secondary technical schools, and community colleges from around the country. All students were required to dress appropriately for their trade, so some were in white double-breasted chef coats, others in pressed […]

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Profiles in Leadership: Dave Marlow

By Wanda Kenton Smith One of Dave Marlow’s most memorable childhood boating experiences involved a sinking boat and rescue mission.  He and his brother were enjoying a fun sightseeing adventure in Norfolk Harbor with their grandfather aboard his small 14-foot aluminum jon boat with a Mercury 9.8 outboard to view the big ships. On the […]

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Yamaha spearheads training program in Alaska

Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit and the Alaska Maritime Education Consortium (AMEC) signed a Yamaha Marine Training Program Agreement under Yamaha’s Technical School Partnership Program. This Agreement will establish a comprehensive Yamaha marine technical training program throughout the state, specifically in remote regions. Governor Mike Dunleavy, Dr. Tamika L. Ledbetter, Commissioner, Alaska Department of Labor […]

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NMMA team visits Arkansas manufacturing facilities

Following a busy legislation season, the NMMA team has visited member companies across the states to meet with industry leaders to discuss the industry’s policy priorities and areas of focus for the 2023 legislation season. Last week, Arkansas Office of Outdoor Recreation Director Katherine Andrews joined Ben Murray, NMMA Manager of Southeast Policy and Engagement, […]

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ABBRA schedules annual Marine Service Managers course

The American Boat Builders and Repairers Association’s (ABBRA) annual Marine Service Managers Course will be held virtually in November 2022. ABBRA offers the only extensive leadership training for boatyard operators that provides an industry-recognized credential (Certified Marine Service Manager) for qualified applicants. The course is sponsored by ABBRA. Employers know they need a team of […]

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MMTA celebrates workforce development funding

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed the 2023 state budget, which included $150,000 in funding for workforce development and career technical education initiatives within the recreational boating industry. This funding will continue the successful initiatives and progress that the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) has made over the last five-plus years to meet the […]

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