University, AVTEC to sign maritime training agreement with Yamaha Motor Corporation

    (Photo credit: Yamaha Motors.)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Maritime Education Consortium and Yamaha Motor Corporation have announced a partnership to expand maritime training in Alaska.

    A contract between the University of Alaska, Alaska Vocational Education Center, and Yamaha is expected to be signed Wednesday morning at 11:30 in Soldotna.

    The agreement will be signed by University of Alaska President Pat Pitney, Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Dr. Tamika L. Ledbetter, and Yamaha U.S. Maritime Business President Ben Speciale. Gov. Dunleavy will be present and will address attendees.

    "Alaska has more coastline than all of other 49 states combined, making the maritime sector one of the great growth industries in our state," said Gov. Mike Dunleavy. "I look forward to Alaskans reaping the benefits of this unique partnership with Yamaha."

    Through the partnership, Yamaha training curriculum will be made available and will allow AMEC to acquire training materials at or below cost, including engines and tools. Yamaha will also train the trainers.

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