University, AVTEC to sign maritime training agreement with Yamaha Motor Corporation
Aug. 15, 2022
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska Maritime Education Consortium (AMEC) and Yamaha Motor Corporation announce a unique partnership to expand maritime training in Alaska. University of Alaska, Alaska Vocational Education Center (AVTEC) and Yamaha will sign a contract at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 17, 2022, at the Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna.
"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."
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.
The partnership will make available Yamaha training curriculum, and will allow AMEC to acquire training materials at or below cost, including engines and tools. Yamaha will also train the trainers.
"The collaboration between AMEC and Yamaha U.S. will significantly expand training in marine engine repair and maritime education in general," Ledbetter said.