We are thrilled to announce and celebrate the graduation of two exceptional members from our Derecktor team, Erena Fridman and Kevin Leguizamon, from The Yacht Service Technician Apprentice Program (YSTAP). This remarkable achievement highlights their dedication and expertise in yacht maintenance and service.
In collaboration with the Florida Department of Education and Atlantic Technical College, the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) takes immense pride in recognizing the accomplishments of these graduates. Over the course of two years, eight accomplished apprentices, including Erena and Kevin, completed the YSTAP program that commenced in 2020.
The YSTAP is a comprehensive two-year initiative designed to equip aspiring yacht technicians with the skills and knowledge required to excel in the competitive maritime industry. This nationally recognized credential covers a wide array of marine proficiencies such as yacht painting, welding, carpentry, hydraulics, machining, lifting, rigging, safety protocols, and workplace employability skills. The hands-on training and rigorous curriculum ensured practical experience directly applicable to their roles within the marine industry.
The graduation celebration took place on August 23rd, during the Marine Industries Association of South Florida's member showcase event. Joined by their families, the apprentices were honored for their dedication to mastering the craft of yacht service technology. This event provided a platform for industry leaders, mentors, family members, and program partners to celebrate their hard work and commitment.
Lori Wheeler, Vice President of MIASF and Chair of the YSTAP Committee, remarked, "The successful completion of the Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship Program marks a significant milestone for both the apprentices and the maritime industry as a whole." She highlighted the exceptional dedication, resilience, and skill demonstrated by the apprentices and expressed confidence in their contributions to the growth and excellence of the yacht service field.
The Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship Program underscores the power of collaboration between industry associations, educational institutions, dedicated individuals, and companies passionate about fostering talent and innovation in the marine sector. As Erena, Kevin, and their fellow graduates embark on the next phase of their careers, they carry with them invaluable experiences and knowledge gained through this transformative program.
For more information about the Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship Program and its upcoming initiatives, please reach out to Lori Wheeler at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.miasf.org/apprentice-program. Join us in congratulating Erena, Kevin, and their fellow graduates on this incredible accomplishment!