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Yamaha supports Marine Technician Apprenticeship program

Yamaha supports Marine Technician Apprenticeship program

Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP) is now recruiting students for its Marine Technician Apprenticeship program, with classes set to begin soon.

The apprenticeship program is the first of its kind in Ohio, and launched in May with a signing ceremony among partners and state officials. The program received a major boost from Yamaha Motor Corporation, which has pledged a donation of textbooks, access to Yamaha Marine’s online training resources, and instructor-led trainings for the classes. The donation totals more than $20,000 towards the course.

“Yamaha understands the value that organizations like Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP) bring to the community they serve,” said Yamaha Marine Group Service Division Manager Joe Maniscalco. “We are dedicated to providing education opportunities to people seeking technical careers in the marine industry and are honored for the opportunity to support the Marine Technician Apprenticeship program.”

GLCAP Planning & Development Coordinator Kerrie Carte, who has worked with local partners to develop the course, welcomed the donation from Yamaha.

“Yamaha’s donation significantly enhances the opportunities we are able to offer students,” Carte said. “Our students will have access to the best training materials and instruction to prepare them for marine industry careers.”

The apprenticeship program trains students in marine electricity, welding, forklift certification, boating safety and other skills that are crucial to work in the marine industry. Students who successfully complete the course will earn a state-certified apprenticeship credential as a marine service technician. Training is provided through Terra State Community College, Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers, and other partners. In addition to classroom instruction, the apprenticeship also offers on-the-job training with employers.

At the end of the apprenticeship training students will receive a state and national certification as a marine service technician.

Students will also have access to career coaching support and job placement services through Great Lakes Community Action Partnership.

In Ohio, the marine industry has an annual economic impact of $3.6 billion and supports more than 19,500 jobs statewide.

For more information or to enroll in the course, call 419-332-2412 or visit

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