A new outdoor education collaborative between Frostburg State University, Garrett College, and Allegany College of Maryland was the focus of a statewide meeting last Thursday at the PACE (Positive Attitudes Change Everything) conference.
FSU is overseeing a $1.4 million grant — secured through a partnership with The Greater Cumberland Committee — that created an Outdoor Recreation Economy Institute. As part of the collaborative effort, Garrett College Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) has developed a marine technology program to train marine technicians.
“The outdoors is one of our region’s greatest assets,” said Allegany County Tourism Director Ashli Workman. “This project is elevating the outdoor industry with a regional approach.”
Garrett College’s contribution centers around a 100-hour workforce program. The program is designed to address the growing demand for skilled technicians in the area, and equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to get a jump start in the marine industry.
The comprehensive training aims to provide individuals with hands-on skills and the theoretical knowledge essential for success in the field. The program will cover a wide range of topics, including the theory of internal combustion engines and electrical systems, engine diagnostics, preventive maintenance, drive systems and customer service.
At the conclusion of the program student will have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized certifications from both the American Boating and Yacht Council (ABYC) and Mercury Marine.
Julie Yoder, GC’s dean of Continuing Education & Workforce Development, said the program can support “Six to eight students per cohort, depending on demand”. The program training environment includes new Mercury engines, a state-of-the-art 500-gallon test tank and equipment donated from the local community.
GC’s marine technology program is expected to start in late 2024.
Article courtesy of The Garrett County Republican. From Staff Reports.