Looking to gain skills and knowledge on new technologies within their industry, six students recently received their certificates of completion from Cayuga Community College’s (CCC) inaugural Introduction to Marine Engine Repair course.
The course, which was developed by Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES and CCC, is taught by BOCES Outdoor Power Equipment and Powersports Technology Instructor Todd Marcellus. Marcellus, who teaches high school students by day through his Career and Technical Education program, said he enjoyed the experience of teaching adults who came in with prior knowledge.
“It had its own challenges, but it was so much fun teaching these students who have so many different experiences and backgrounds. And we were able to mold that with some new technology that we have here,” said Marcellus.
Marcellus called it a “great feeling” to have six students complete the program with industry certification. He added that he’s already looking forward to the course starting up again next fall.
During the completion ceremony, students were able to meet local marina owner Bernie Degraw, who let them know just how important their certifications will be moving forward. Degraw, who also serves as president of the Central New York Boating Industry Association (CNYBIA), said plenty of marinas are in search of individuals who are willing to learn and grow.
“If you walked into any local marina and said you just completed this program, I would guess you’re not getting out of there without getting an interview,” Degraw said. “We need people, and we need people who are willing to do trainings.”