MITEC seeks volunteers

EDGEWATER, Md. – Officials with the 22-member Marine Industry Technical Education Council – which was formed to address and help solve the growing shortage of marine technicians – are asking industry professionals and educators to participate in the effort by volunteering to serve on working committees.

Over the past few months, MITEC has established a mission statement, confirmed the election of officers, created interim by-laws, and has established divisions. The division chairs are now asking for volunteers to help with the challenges each division will confront, MITEC officials said in a release yesterday.

The established divisions include:

  • Career Awareness & Opportunities – to propose career awareness programs and initiatives for the community, industry and educational institutions that promote career fields and opportunities in the marine trades.
  • Professional Development – to propose, and if approved, implement and manage a program that will review voluntarily submitted assessment-based courses that award certification or accreditation upon successful completion.
  • Economic Resources – to seek, investigate, acquire and/or facilitate transfer or award of available economic resources desired by education and training centers in support of their programs (ex. materials support for a high school or trades program).
  • Workforce Development – to propose and implement programs that work with local, state, federal and “other” workforce development councils, associations, etc. to provide economic support to marine organizations that provide workforce training and professional development to their technicians.
  • Organizational Administration of MITEC – to propose, and if approved, manage an appropriate education information management system, and also ensure the efficient flow of information regarding MITEC and its working committees between members of the MITEC, as well as industry.
  • Anyone interested in volunteering may respond in two ways.

    By registering for the 2006 Conference on Marine Industry Technical Training, where the members of MITEC will be available to answer questions and attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for a committee and also sit in on a particular division’s working committee.

    Or, for those who cannot attend COMITT but are interested in volunteering, by emailing Skip Burdon, MITEC secretary, at sburdon@abycinc, no later than Jan. 19.

    COMITT ’06 will be held Jan. 23 – 24 at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa in Safety Harbor, Fla. The theme for this year’s conference is “Resources for Success.”

    Visit and click on the COMITT logo for registration information and program updates.

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