Ocean County Vocational Technical Schools honored Yamaha Motor Corp., which partners with technical colleges and high schools nationwide through its Yamaha Marine University to help foster qualified marine technicians, as its Business Partner of the Year.
The award is given annually to a county vocational technical school business partner for outstanding contributions to career and technical education. Business partners play a variety of roles, including serving on county vocational technical school program advisory boards, offering opportunities for students to gain valuable work experience, donating equipment, or serving as mentors and role models for students.
Yamaha Marine’s Technical School Partnerships (TSP) program creates a student-to-technician pipeline for Yamaha dealers and provides technical schools with state-of-the-art, instructor-led courses and tools.
The partnership provides OCVTS with dealer-level access to Yamaha Marine business systems, engines, parts, and service manuals. YMU also provides resources, products, certifications, and curriculum for students.
“Our partnership with Yamaha has helped to open the door to new recruiting opportunities for prospective students and dealerships,” said OCVTS Superintendent Karen Homiek. “When we started this program we had 10 students, today we have 21. Even people who are not familiar with boats recognize the Yamaha name.”
Yamaha donated a F350 and F250 outboard. Both engines were not in running condition, but Yamaha supplied all the parts needed to bring them back to running order. The engines are now used for troubleshooting and testing in the school’s shop. In 2018 Yamaha donated a brand new 115 horsepower outboard, lower units, and propellers.
Yamaha is very supportive of SkillsUSA as well. Last year when Yamaha’s Gregg Snyder heard that OCVTS’s gold medal winner was not going to attend nationals, he offered to pay the students fees just so he would not miss out on the experience.
In addition, Ron Zastocki, Yamaha’s district service manager, has spoken to the students about careers in the industry as well as offered technical support.