EDGEWATER, Md.; CHICAGO; BROOKLIN, Maine - Online registration is now open for the second annual Conference on Marine Industry Technical Training, to be held Jan. 23-24, 2006 at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, just outside of Tampa, Fla., organizers reported earlier this week.
“Last year, we built the foundation for an industry approach to providing quality marine technical education, training and professional development by assembling a diversified mix of industry and education representatives who reached consensus regarding the approach and implementation of a nationally coordinated program,” Skip Burdon, American Boat and Yacht Council president, said. “COMITT '06 now turns its attention to uncovering 'Resources for Success,' the theme of this years conference. For educators, that means locating funding through Federal, State and private grants, gifts and scholarships, as well as materials and marine products required for instruction, demonstration and direct hands-on student interaction.
“For manufacturers and other industry sectors that means discovering opportunities available to receive financial support and reimbursement for workforce professional development programs, administrative support in managing education and professional development programs, and personnel support through establishing sound relationship with educational institutions graduating the technical workforce of today and tomorrow.”
Attendees will hear from experts within the Federal Departments of Education and Labor, state and local government officials, workforce development professionals, leaders within the marine industry and educators who can help locate education, training and financial assistance resources. Topics will include:
Participants will also be able to meet with, discuss ideas with, and ask questions of the newly formed 22-member Marine Industry Technical Education Council, an organization created as a result of COMITT '05.
“We are excited and committed to continue using this conference as a forum to bring together the marine industry and its partners in education,” stated Carl Cramer, publisher of Professional BoatBuilder magazine, which co-produces the event with by ABYC and the National Marine Manufacturers Association. “Valuable information, thoughts and ideas on the education, training and professional development were gathered and assessed at last year's conference, which is why we developed an agenda around 'Resources for Success' for COMITT '06.”
Detailed information on the upcoming agenda and speakers will be posted on the COMITT Web site. To register for the event, go to the ABYC Web site, www.abycinc.org and click on the COMITT logo.
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