Scott Andersen, manager of FR Smith and Sons Marina in Bolton, said he has been in contact with major marine manufacturers such as Mercury, Yamaha, Evinrude and Volvo. He believes those companies will support the the Ticonderoga Marine Academy by providing specialized tools, training materials and computer access. He believes academy graduates will be able to leave school with manufacturers’ certification — a huge asset in the marina industry.
Andersen also believes the Marine Academy can also expand in the future to train adult technicians. The nearest Mercury training center is in New Hampshire, he noted, and the nearest Yamaha training center is in Georgia.
The Marine Academy in Ticonderoga looks like a win-win situation for students and an important regional industry.
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