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Marine trades training opportunities available in 2021

Marine trades training opportunities available in 2021

The Marine Services Technician Apprenticeship Program through Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP) is offering a new training opportunity in partnership with Yamaha Motor Corporation for careers in the marine trades starting in the new year.

GLCAP and Yamaha will begin offering virtual instruction in Yamaha Introduction to Outboard Systems starting January 2021. This virtual six-week course provides instruction in the basics of Yamaha outboard motors, as well as boats and boat systems.

“We encourage anyone who is interested in a marine trades career to pursue this training opportunity,” GLCAP Lead Career Coach Patty Hall said.

Virtual training allows GLCAP to continue offering training while practicing physical distancing measures and giving students the chance to learn remotely during the pandemic. Students in the course will also have access to career coaching support and job placement services through GLCAP, as well as additional support services for eligible students as needed.

Students may take the course as a one-time training opportunity, or may opt to continue education through the Marine Services Technician Apprenticeship Program that offers training in marine electricity and electronics, HVAC troubleshooting, welding, boating safety, forklift operation and other related skills throughout the program. Students who successfully complete this program earn a state-certified apprenticeship credential, which puts them at a significant advantage when seeking employment in marine trades industries.

“Students are making an investment in themselves when they join this program,” Hall said. “Training now will put students in a great position later for landing a job in the marine trades industry, and our career coaches are here to help them along the way.”

Along with GLCAP, the Marine Services Technician Apprenticeship Program is a partnership of Terra State Community College, Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers, Ottawa County Improvement Corporation, Lake Erie Marine Trades Association, Volvo Penta, and Yamaha Motor Corporation.  

Anyone who is interested in the Marine Technician Apprenticeship program can learn more or apply online at, or call Patty Hall at 419-332-2412.

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