At the 2016 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo this past December, Erie, Huron and Ottawa Vocational Education (EHOVE) Adult Career Center was one of four schools that were awarded a $3,000 Technical Scholarship from the MRAA Educational Foundation. EHOVE recently announced that they have selected Jarrod Turnbull as the recipient of those scholarship funds. Jarrod currently works for South Shore Marine Service in Huron, Ohio, a retail member of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas.
“I’d like to stay there after graduation,” Turnbull said. “It’s a good place to work, and they’re very supportive with furthering your education and helping you earn even more certifications.”
Students in EHOVE Adult Career Center’s Marine Trades occupational program learn the skills needed to become a mechanic or technician in the field. In an interactive, hands-on environment, students learn about electrical, plumbing, diesel and gas engine work, fiberglass, sterndrive systems and other marine-related training. Earning industry certifications such as Mercury Marine Trades Fundamentals, General Industry Safety and Forklift, and gaining experience from an internship prepare them to work in the career field right after graduation.
The end goal goal of the MRAA Educational Foundation’s Technical Scholarship is to provide the resources to help a diverse range of marine tech students complete the education to successfully pursue careers in boat and engine service.
“Training is critical in order to retain and grow our industry’s workforce,” said Liz Walz, executive director of the MRAA Educational Foundation. “By providing the resources to educate current and prospective marine retail employees, the foundation is working to secure a bright future for the dealer community and the industry at large.”
Donations from independent donors and corporate partners make the scholarships provided by the MRAA Educational Foundation possible. To learn more about donating or the MRAA Educational Foundation’s scholarships and awards, visit www.MRAA.com/foundation.