Speakers set for COMITT 2006

EDGEWATER, Md., CHICAGO and BROOKLIN, Maine – Prominent figures from the marine industry, education and government will speak on “Resources for Success” at the 2006 Conference on Marine Industry Technical Training Jan. 23 – 24 in Safety Harbor, Fla., COMITT organizers reported in a recent release.

The speakers will explore a lineup of topics to help boatbuilders, marine manufacturers, suppliers, surveyors, marine underwriters, repair facilities, dealers, educators and occupational training experts locate resources available for education and training initiatives.

The speakers include:

  • Garry Appleby, The Riviera Group – Topic: Establishing an Apprenticeship Program.
  • Dolores Blueford, Northwest Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology – Topic: Partnerships – Leveraging Resources for Marine Training & Education.
  • David Flagler, Carteret Community College – Topic: Industry Support – Finding & Asking for Resources.
  • Catherine Kennedy, Workforce Florida, Inc. – Topic: Incumbent Worker Training – The Florida Model.
  • Ed Lofgren, 3A Marine Service – Topic: How to Develop a Continuing Education Program in Your Area.
  • Barbara Montalbano, Sea Ray Boats – Topic: Obtaining Funding for Employee Training.
  • Alex Wittig, Council on Occupational Education – Topic: Steps to Take in Becoming an Accredited Educational Institution.
  • Federal Department of Labor, speaker TBA – Topic: Workforce Training Resources.
  • COMITT ‘06 co-producers, the American Boat & Yacht Council, the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Professional BoatBuilder magazine, also said Bill Yeargin, executive vice president for Rybovich Spencer, will return as moderator for the conference.

    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 tasked with developing an industry-wide approach to voluntary, consensus-based tracking, management, accreditation and certification of marine workforce technical education and training programs.

    Both event and high school sponsorship opportunities are also available. Further information regarding sponsorships can be obtained by contacting Carl Cramer at (207) 359-4651 or by email at carl@proboat.com.

    Full conference and registration information can be found online by visiting www.abycinc.org and clicking on the COMITT logo, or by contacting the ABYC Education Department at (410) 956-1050.

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