MA Marine Trades Assoc. to Hold Tech Training Program
June 18, 2016
The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) and the Massachusetts Marine Trades Educational Trust (MMTET) applaud leaders from Massasoit Community College (MCC), the Marine and Environmental Education Alliance and Marshfield Public Schools for partnering to offer a marine technology program at the new Marshfield High School.
Beginning in fall 2016, MCC will rent classrooms at Marshfield High on Wednesday and Thursday evenings to offer 5 general education courses, many of which may be used as prerequisites toward degree programs.
The Marine Technician Program will be moved from Massasoit’s Canton campus to Marshfield. Some of the Marine program will be offered at the high school, while hands-on technical training will take place through partnerships at local marine facilities, including 3A Marine in Hingham and Brewer Green Harbor Marina in Marshfield. Instructors are senior members of the marine industry teaching a curriculum that has been well defined and consistently modernized since the program’s inception in 1998.
“This course offering will provide our Massachusetts industry with much needed entry level marine mechanics who have completed basic training and are ready to begin a career in boat and marine engine maintenance and repair,” stated Ed Lofgren, 3A Marine President/CEO and Chairman of MMTET.
From September through May for two evenings per week and every third Saturday, students will fulfill 350 hours of training in marine technology. Upon completion of the curriculum, students will earn a Marine Technician Certificate.
MMTA and its educational arm, MMTET, seek the expansion of marine technical training to meet the broad demands statewide for employees in the recreational marine trades.