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Educator Training Webinar Series

A Subscription-Based Monthly Event

September 2022 - May 2023


Professional Development

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"Hands-On" Learning


Industry Insights

Based on feedback from educators, we discovered our originally scheduled July event was not the best model for those who want and need their summer off. Instead, we offered nine (9) monthly webinars available via subscription for the 2022-2023 school year. You can watch the sessions live or recorded, at your own pace.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2022

Teaching Technical Topics

recording available with subscription

To better train and grow the marine industry labor force, we must look to other industries to see how they attract and manage their teams. In this session, we have the rare opportunity to hear from someone who has both the hands-on and academic perspective on career technical education, and what it means to you as either an educator or project manager.

Speaker: Nathaniel St. Jean (Construction Learning and Development)

DECEMBER 13, 2022

Boatyard and Marina Safety Considerations

recording available with subscription

Depending on services provided by the marina or boatyard, it is very likely employees may be exposed to the potential hazards identified in OSHA’s Top 10 list. This session will help educators introduce the concepts of workplace safety, hazard recognition, and compliance with OSHA Standards.

Speaker: Robert Smith (Fisher Phillips Safety Solutions)

March 14, 2023

Educating Future Fiberglass Composite Boatbuilders

recording available with subscription

Join this session to receive a basic understanding of composite boatbuilding skills as well as existing resources to help you teach about fiberglass. Our instructor will provide insights into emerging technologies, and examples of technical topics translated to hands-on practice opportunities for students. 

Speaker: Bob Lacovara (IYRS)

OCTOBER 12, 2022

Don't Reinvent the Wheel: 8 Resources You Should Know 

recording available with subscription

In this session, you will learn about information sources and teaching tools that will amplify your ability to bridge the gap between the marine industry and your students. Included: ABYC Foundation’s new Affiliated School program, the new Marine Trades Accreditation Program, and ABYC Curriculum, textbook, workbooks, and more. 


Speakers: Margaret Podlich (ABYC Foundation); David Broadbent (ABYC)

JANUARY 25, 2023

How People Learn

recording available with subscription

Over the last century, researchers have been fascinated with understanding the ways in which individuals acquire new information and are able to apply that learning throughout their daily lives. As this research grows, we continue to make important discoveries about the varied ways that the contexts in which we learn fundamentally impact and shape learning. Throughout this presentation, you will learn more about these insights of how people learn and walk away with a deeper understanding of how to apply these new insights.

Speaker: Amy Stephens (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine)

Educators are constantly looking for valuable, cost-effective training aids. In this session, ABYC instructors will walk through the design of various training aids, such as a simple bilge pump board. These tools can be used many different ways to help your future technicians understand the common systems they will see in the field. 

Speaker: Mike Bonicker (ABYC)

NOVEMBER 21, 2022

Electrical System Do’s and Don’ts: A Visual Journey

recording available with subscription

In this session, ABYC education team will share some simple ways you can demonstrate the importance of installing electrical systems correctly (and what happens when you don’t!).

Speakers: Mike Bonicker (ABYC Lead Instructor)

February 23, 2023

What the Industry Wants

recording available with subscription

Earlier this year, ABYC surveyed its members--active marine-oriented companies--specifically to share that information with educators. This session will share the companies’ workforce concerns for the future, characteristics they see in younger and older workers, what they look for in new hires, and what they’d really like to say to potential employees and current instructors.

Speaker: Sarah Devlin (ABYC Foundation)

MAY 18, 2023

Fundamental Trailer Repair

recording available with subscription

The vast majority of boats in the US are kept on boat trailers. As a result, training students about the top trailer repairs can be a great skillset for their future. In this session, we will cover common parts and repairs needed for trailers, such as wheels, bearings, lights, hubs, and brakes.

Speaker: John Adey (ABYC)

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