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Whittier Tech launches new marine expertise pathway

Sep. 24—HAVERHILL — Whittier Tech, which incorporates college students from Better Newburyport, is increasing its instructional choices with the launch of a marine expertise pathway. The brand new endeavor marks the twenty third profession pathway the college affords.

This system was accepted over the summer season by the state Division of Elementary and Secondary Training. Solely three different vocational excessive faculties within the state supply a marine expertise program and they’re on the South Shore and Cape Cod.

“Now we have an actual want within the space for marine service between the North Shore, Merrimack Valley, Seacoast and every little thing in between,” Vocational Coordinator Paul Moskevitz stated. “Our teacher, Mike Murray, has labored extraordinarily onerous to get this system working. This program brings much more alternatives to Whittier college students.”

College students within the Class of 2026 would be the first to have the ability to pursue Whittier Tech’s new program. At the moment, 306 ninth-graders are taking part in Whittier Tech’s Exploratory Program and can choose a commerce pathway in January.

Throughout the marine expertise rotation, college students are studying the elements of a ship, the idea of buoyancy, annual boat upkeep and changing water pumps.

“I actually like my expertise within the Exploratory Program, up to now, particularly right here in marine tech,” stated freshman Argelis Vargas of Haverhill. “It is palms on. I’m not caught in a classroom studying.”

Whittier Tech was awarded a $181,778 Expertise Capital Grant to fund the brand new program. With the funding, Whittier bought a Parker boat, a Yamaha WaveRunner and a Sea-Doo GTR for pupil studying; Yamaha outboards for pupil coaching; and a brand new air flow system for engine exhaust.

College students who select to pursue the pathway will learn to function, keep, restore, rebuild and set up onboard techniques, in addition to hull upkeep and restore, marine canvas fabrication and restore, gasoline and diesel engine operation and restore, and welding and precision metallic manufacturing.

Additionally they will earn related certification, learn to function a ship safely, and acquire their boating license. College students can have the chance to earn their captain’s license throughout their senior 12 months, based on faculty officers.

Whittier Tech has supplied marine service expertise via its Grownup Night Training Program since summer season 2021 with help from the Massachusetts Marine Trades Affiliation and donations from Yamaha.

This system has skilled three courses of unemployed or underemployed employees for entry-level jobs. All graduates left this system having handed the Yamaha certificates take a look at and incomes an introduction to outboard techniques certificates.

The leisure boating business in Massachusetts has an financial influence of $4.4 billion and employs greater than 20,000 women and men. There’s, nonetheless, a considerable workforce scarcity within the business, each in Massachusetts and nationwide, based on the Nationwide Marine Producers Affiliation.

“The marine business has ample alternatives,” Superintendent Maureen Lynch stated. “We hope to attach college students to those many well-paying jobs and profession alternatives accessible via our new program.

“Increasing this program to daytime college students was a collaborative effort by school, group companions, and so many extra,” she added. “We thank everybody who made the introduction of this new pathway attainable.”

Dave Rogers is the editor of the Day by day Information of Newburyport. Electronic mail him at: Comply with him on Twitter @drogers41008.

Dave Rogers is the editor of the Day by day Information of Newburyport. Electronic mail him at: Comply with him on Twitter @drogers41008.

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