Teens Can Jumpstart Marine Industry Careers with New High School Curriculum

The non-profit American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) is giving high schoolers a chance to get into the marine industry early with a new curriculum.

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ABYC's marine service technology program focuses on inland or coastal standards andincludes a textbook, guides for teachers, PowerPoint presentations, and online videos.

The first-of-its-kind curriculum aims to drive interest in the marine industry among young people, and give them a clear path to pursue those careers, even setting them up with qualifications to enter the job market.

“We are thrilled to launch the only standards-based curriculum program in the marine industry and meet the needs of high school teachers,” said Ed Sherman ABYC vice president of education. “Furthermore, by partnering with the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI), we can offer a nationally recognized series of exams that will provide successful students with an industry recognized entry-level credential.” “

ABYC will be at the Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE) Conference to educate school administrators and guidance counselors about career paths in the marine industry. It's the first time anyone from this industry has been at the conference.

“Before I started using ABYC’s textbook, I had to purchase several marine books to get all the material necessary for my students,” said Rob Berenwick, instructor at Ocean County Vocational Technical School in New Jersey. “ABYC addresses all of our needs in one easy to read, comprehensive book and the new curriculum package will make it even easier for our marine program to excel moving forward."

To learn more about ABYC’s Marine Service Technology Program, click here.

-Meg Walburn Viviano

Bay Bulletin