Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School officially launched its new Marine Technology Program this semester. This is his 23rd career path at the school and his 4th program of its kind to exist in Massachusetts.
Students in the 2026 class are the first to pursue marine technology. Superintendent Maureen Lynch, speaking on WHAV’s morning show this week, said Whittier has received state vocational training program approval for marine technology.
“We have some boats in the building here, and we have wave runners. Our freshmen are currently doing an exploratory program. I hope they sign up for it by the end of this year so that it will be,” she said.
Currently, 306 9th graders are participating in Whittier Tech’s Exploratory Program and must choose a trade route in January. His first year student at Harbor Hill, Argelis Vargas, said: Hands-on. I am not stuck in classroom learning. ”
Students who choose Marine Technology will be able to maintain and repair hulls, fabricate and repair marine canvas, operate and repair gas and diesel engines, weld and fabricate precision metals, as well as operate, repair, and reconstruct shipboard systems. You are expected to learn how to set it up.
Additionally, students who complete the program earn relevant certifications, learn how to safely operate a boat, and obtain a boating license. In fourth grade, you will have the opportunity to earn your captain’s license.
Superintendent Maureen Lynch said of the benefits of this new program: Through our new programs, we hope to connect our students to many of these well-paying jobs and career opportunities. Extending the program to include daytime students was the collaboration of faculty, her community partners, and many others. ”
With the support of the Massachusetts Shipping Industry Association and a donation from Yamaha, Whittier Tech has been providing marine service technology through an evening adult education program beginning summer 2021. The program trained her three classes of unemployed or underemployed workers for entry-level jobs, and the graduate passed the Yamaha certification exam and earned an outboard systems installation certification.
According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, Massachusetts’ recreational boating industry has a $4.4 billion economic impact and employs more than 20,000 people, but there are significant Massachusetts and national labor shortages.