WITC marine repair technician graduate awarded scholarship
(12/17/14): Matt Gruhn, president of the Marine Retailers
Association of the Americas, traveled to Ashland where he
presented Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College marine repair technician
graduate Nathan Smith of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, with a 2014 MRAA Technical
Scholarship for $3,000.
“We are excited to be a part of this and we are honored
to be here to present the scholarship,” said Gruhn. “It’s always nice to see in
person the people that these scholarships go out to every year and to recognize
their desire to make an impact on our industry.”
Smith will use the scholarship to advance his education
and skills in WITC-Ashland’s state-of-the-art marine lab.
He will be back on campus next semester taking
advanced marine engine rebuilding and advanced marine engine systems courses.
“It’s a huge opportunity for me,”
said Smith. “I’m excited about the courses and what I’ll learn this next
semester and just a huge thank you; I’m very gracious that I received the
Smith hopes to begin his career
as a marine mechanic when he finishes the advanced courses at WITC and he has a
job offer pending at Shipyard Marine in Green Bay. “It’s a large dealership,
tenth year in a row now that they’ve received a top 100 dealership award in the
nation, so I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to go to work for
Scholarship winners were announced on November 19 at the
Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla. WITC, along with Broward
College and WyoTech Daytona, received a $3,000 scholarship to help train
students for technical careers in the recreational boating industry.
“We recognized your school because of the types of
training that you do and the fact that the motors that you are testing, using
and working on are all running motors and then your proximity to the lake and
getting out and doing water testing,” said Gruhn. “It’s just a really strong
program and that’s what we like to see and encourage and help continue to
develop as we move forward in this industry.”
The award was presented to Smith at WITC-Ashland’s
graduate and scholarship reception on December 12. The MRAA Educational
Foundation awarded the 2014 scholarships to technical colleges firmly committed
to expanding their marine technical offerings and graduating and impressive
number of qualified marine technicians annually.
“I’ve learned a ton from the basics all the way up to the
more advanced troubleshooting procedures and techniques, and I couldn’t ask for
much more,” said Smith. “I’ve really been happy with what I’ve learned here and
the entire experience with the whole school.”
marine repair technician program at WITC-Ashland, which is the only one of its
kind in Wisconsin, prepares graduates for a career in the marina and marine
service and repair industry. This three-semester, hands-on program includes
instruction in marine engine service, operation, diagnosis, repair, equipment
installation, maintenance, and rigging new boats. Students work on two- and
four-cycle gasoline engines, drive systems, transmissions, fiberglass boat
hulls, electrical systems, and consumer-supplied products.