MITEC elects new board members

BROOKLIN, Maine – The Marine Industry Training and Education Council (MITEC) recently appointed several new board members, it reported in a statement.

New members include: David S. Veech, executive director of the Institute for Lean Systems, Louisville, Ky.; Neal B. Harrell, founder and president of Brooks Marine Group, Inc., Wilmington, N.C.; and Susan Swanton, executive director of Maine Marine Trades Association, Augusta, Maine.

The MITEC board provides guidance in furthering MITEC's role in the industry, which is to facilitate, coordinate and catalog marine-industry education, training and professional development programs; to launch visible initiatives in the areas of education, training and workforce development; to disseminate information, including materials produced by MITEC, about industry-endorsed technical education, training, professional development and workforce certification programs; to present a clear path to quality education, training, certification, and recognition for those interested in the marine industry professions; and to develop an endorsement system for technical workforce certification programs.

With the addition of these new representatives, other board members will be coming to the end of their term limits, including Michael Esposito, Irish Boat Shop; John Bernier, Massassoit Community College; Rob Manning, Quadrant Marine Institute, Inc. and Todd Taylor, Bollard Yachts, LLC.

The MITEC nomination committee said it is seeking additional people from the marine industry to fill a number of additional volunteer positions to work on the projects outlined in MITEC's updated 2010 strategic plan. The council expects the projects and initiatives set forth in the plan to have a significant impact on the future of the marine industry.

Current/existing projects include:

  • Skill Set Analysis
  • Education Catalog
  • Industry Workforce Needs Survey and Report
  • Developing projects include:

  • Information Clearinghouse
  • Economic Support Center
  • Online Information Resource
  • Accreditation Program
  • Database Management
  • Future projects include:

  • High School Educator Outreach
  • Career Awareness and Workforce Development Webinars
  • Complete Industry Labor Study
  • Training Awareness Materials
  • Workforce Development Techniques (Career Ladders, Apprenticeship or Mentoring Programs, Lean Systems)
  • Apprenticeship Program
  • Develop, introduce and promote a "career path" model designed to motivate incumbent workers
  • MITEC welcomes participation from industry volunteers, whether they have a few hours or a few weeks. Those who have an interest in the projects listed above and would like to become a MITEC board member, committee member or project manager, send an e-mail indicating your area of interest, with your resume attached, to the MITEC Nominating Committee Chair at

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