Yamaha signs agreement to expand marine technical training in Alaska

    Pat Pitney, President, University of Alaska, Ben Speciale, President, Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit, Dr. Tamika L. Ledbetter, Commissioner, Alaska Department of Labor, Mike Dunleavy, Governor. (Credit: Yamaha.)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit and the Alaska Maritime Education Consortium signed a Yamaha Marine Training Program Agreement under Yamaha’s Technical School Partnership Program.

    The Agreement will establish a comprehensive Yamaha marine technical training program throughout the state, specifically in remote regions.

    Governor Mike Dunleavy, Dr. Tamika L. Ledbetter, Commissioner, Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and University of Alaska President Pat Pitney signed the Training Program Agreement during the 2022 Kenai Classic, establishing an infrastructure for Yamaha Marine products training across the state.

    Under the Agreement, Yamaha will provide training curricula and will train the trainers for the program. In addition, Yamaha will allow AMEC to acquire materials at or below cost, including outboard motors and tools. AMEC is a partnership between the University of Alaska and the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Alaska Vocational Technical Center.

    “This program is now a reality thanks to the efforts of the late Congressman Don Young, who originally brought the need for more technicians in remote areas to our attention,” said Ben Speciale, President, Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit. “He inspired us to improve our level of service to customers in Alaska and encouraged us to redouble our efforts to train technicians.”

    The agreement between Yamaha and AMEC also expands the Yamaha Tech School Partner program. Developed in 2015, the program aims to develop a stronger marine technician workforce through a certified curriculum, Yamaha systems access and product donations used in the classroom for hands-on training.

    The AMEC network includes six training locations strategically positioned in coastal communities throughout Alaska and is committed to working with other educational institutions in Alaska to increase access to this and other training. There are currently more than 100 technical schools participating in the Yamaha TSP program including Prince William Sound College in Valdez, which is part of AMEC and serves as an example for the new program.

    The facilitation and growth of Yamaha Marine’s technical school relationships led to the development of Yamaha-sponsored curricula available to technical schools for use in the classroom. The first curriculum, titled “Introduction to Outboard Systems,” includes textbook materials and hands-on learning experiences for students who wish to learn more about Yamaha outboard maintenance. ITOS will be the initial course offering through the new agreement in Alaska.

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