COMITT secures new sponsors

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Yamaha, Ken Cook Co., and the Great Lakes Boat Building School have joined the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Professional Boatbuilder magazine in pledging financial support for the third Conference on Marine Industry Technical Training (COMITT), the Marine Industry Technical Education Council (MITEC) reported in a statement today.

The conference, which will be held Feb. 18–20 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will examine marine industry workforce-development and technical-training issues.

“These organizations share MITEC and COMITT’s common goal of addressing our industry’s need to develop and maintain a highly skilled and technically proficient workforce,” stated MITEC Chair, Steve Kitchen (Vice President, Corporate Education and Training at New England Institute of Technology).

“As a workforce development professional,” said Kitchin, “I can relate to the challenges the industry is facing. It is important for us to stay in tune with our industry’s need to attract and maintain a solid workforce through a conference like this, and MITEC gratefully acknowledges the generous support offered by the conference sponsors. Without their assistance the conference could not take place.”

Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available for COMITT. Those interested can contact the ABYC Education Office at (410) 990-4460, send an email to or visit

In addition, the conference brochure, registration forms, and hotel information are all available online at Thanks to the support of Elluminate Inc., selected COMITT presentations will be presented simultaneously as free online events. Registration for these programs is available at

Conference planners are also encouraging potential participants to join the “COMITT 2008” group on the social network Facebook to share their ideas and concerns. Planners have also established an interactive news page at and a “connections” map at

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