Virtual training conference for ABYC Foundation educators in progress



More than 100 marine industry educators and professionals representing 24 states, Canada, Bermuda, Germany and the British Virgin Islands, connected yesterday morning to participate in the second Training of Educators (ETC) conference of the ABYC Foundation, which continues today.

Participants will spend time online discussing best practices for teaching marine services technology in high and post-secondary schools. Registrations remain open. Those who register now will have access to the rest of the event live, as well as the registration.

“With ETC, we bring educators and industry together to discuss how we can support each other,” said Margaret Podlich, Executive Director of the ABYC Foundation. “We held a structured conversation between training institutions and employers so that instructors were connected to the needs of the industry. “

The two-day online conference features live and recorded presentations, door prizes, short educational videos, and multiple question-and-answer sessions. Today’s sessions include market data to drive your program, connect schools and students to industry and the best skills employers expect, as well as hands-on and hands-on sessions, such as crimping demonstrations. of yarns and composites. To view the entire agenda, go to

“Future technicians should be able to not only turn keys, but also understand new technologies and work well with customers,” said Rob Berenwick, instructor at Ocean County Vocational School who will present SkillsUSA: An Invaluable Addition. To Your Program Thursday morning. . “Here we have people on the hiring side talking to those on the education side.”

After hosting the first educator training conference in 2019 and taking a break in 2020, the ABYC Foundation hopes to make it an annual event, connecting future employers, manufacturers and sellers of equipment, engines and boats, with educators who have a significant influence on both the number and the talent of future boat technicians. A recording of the event will be available from August to October for free to those who registered in advance and for $ 399 to those who purchase after the event.




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