EYC Foundation's initiative is to improve access to marine technology courses and advanced training for area students. Orginally called MAST, which represented the words MArine Skills Training, it is now known as the Marine & Maritime Scholarship Program and represents a commitment on the part of the Foundation to help young people become a part of the boating industry which is so important to our Chesapeake Bay area.
EYCF teamed with the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame and the Anne Arundel County Public Schools to create an annual Marine and Maritime Career Fair. The 6th annual Marine and Maritime Career Fair was held Saturday, February 28, 2016. EYCF provides annual Marine & Maritime Scholarships for further marine skills training to foster careers in the local marine industry. EYC Foundation, together with students, continues to experience growth and achievement.
To promote the Marine & Maritime Scholarships throughout the area, EYCF:
- Teamed with the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame and the Anne Arundel County Public Schools to create an annual Marine and Maritime Career Fair. The 7th annual Marine and Maritime Career Fair will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017.
- Initiated in 2008, a bi-annual award for excellence in the marine trades, Outstanding Marine Wizard. To date, a total of 32 Outstanding Marine Wizards have been named.
- Provides annual Marine & Maritime Scholarships for further marine skills training to foster careers in the local marine industry.
Marine Skills Training in Anne Arundel County Public Schools
The Marine Repair Technology course at the Center for Applied Technology – South (CAT-South) in Edgewater, Maryland, provides high school students with the knowledge and skills to launch a career in the recreational and commercial boat repair industry. It is the only school in the county providing this career focus. Students attend their home high school for their core academic subjects and attend CAT South for their area of specialization.
Each specialty area at CAT-South has its own Community Advisory Committee. Two of the EYCF board members serve on this committee along with a number of marine businesses and the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC).
The Committee assists the staff at CAT-South in training students to interview effectively, write strong applications, and explore post-high school marine training opportunities. Students are also provided field trips and work-study placements. Summer internships and industry employment are also encouraged and the Committee helps to identify opportunities.
To learn more about the CAT-South Marine Repair program click HERE.