The Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology and the Marine Maintenance Technology Program at Skagit Valley College recently hosted two three-day American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) courses in Anacortes: Marine Gasoline Engine Systems, July 19-21; and Marine Diesel Engine Systems, August 23-25.
Skagit Valley College is a member of the ABYC Marine League of Schools, a consortium of 12 post-secondary marine technology education and training programs teaching to ABYC standards. “It’s great to see members of our ABYC Marine League offering onsite certification courses. This helps us to get the word out on the value of using ABYC Standards as a benchmark for all construction, service and repair to boats,” said Ed Sherman, ABYC Education Vice President.
Thirty-three industry professionals from Washington, Oregon, California, Florida, New York and Rhode Island attended the two classes, and plans are underway to host additional classes during summer 2018.
Hosting a course specifically tailored to industry needs not only benefits the industry member, but increases awareness of the education and training provided at the community and technical college level to meet industry needs. “Providing a learning platform for our industry partners helps build new industry connections, as well as serving a direct need of industry for technical incumbent worker education and training,” said Ann Avary director of the Center of Excellence and current Chair of the Marine League of Schools.