Kennesaw, Ga., March 20, 2017 – Yamaha Marine Group announced today that it was awarded the 2017 Silver Star of Excellence from the American Technical Education Association and the National Technical Honor Society®. Yamaha was recognized for its contribution to the Motorcycle and Marine Service Program at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Chattanooga.
The Silver Star of Excellence is awarded to a business in recognition of specific contributions to technical education such as donations of equipment, facilities, training, financial assistance and support such as internships, apprenticeships, and advisory committee members.
Left to right: James King – Vice Chancellor, TCAT System; Jimmy Jones – Master Instructor, TCAT, Chattanooga Sate Community College; Ed Grun, Senior Instructor, TCAT, Chattanooga State Community College; Joe Maniscalco, Division Manager, Yamaha Marine Service; Parks Chastain, Department Manager, Yamaha Marine Technical Training; Jim Barrott, Director, TCAT, Chattanooga State Community College
“Yamaha Marine started its relationship with the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in 2002, and its support has grown each year. In addition to significant product and equipment donations in the last few years, the company has provided full dealership access to Yamaha training materials for technicians in training in an effort to help them become more profitable assets for potential employers,” said Sandra Krebsbach, Executive Director, American Technical Education Association. “As a TCAT technical school program sponsor, Yamaha also has generously provided staff for advisory board meetings and Skills USA® State Competition Judges, going far above and beyond to support student learning program standards and the success of marine industry training overall.”
“Yamaha Marine is committed to helping dealers recruit new technicians by preparing students for a fulfilling and high-demand career in marine service,” said Joe Maniscalco, Division Manager, Yamaha Marine Service. “We are gratified to support the Motorcycle and Marine Service Technology Program at TCAT Chattanooga for many years and are honored to receive the Silver Star of Excellence award as we both pursue shared goals for the industry.”
In addition to the award, Yamaha was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society® Educator Industry Hall of Fame at the ATEA National Conference on Technical Education on March 15, 2017.
Yamaha Marine products are marketed throughout the United States and around the world. Yamaha Marine Group, based in Kennesaw, Ga., supports its 2,000 U.S. dealers and boat builders with marketing, training and parts for Yamaha’s full line of products and strives to be the industry leader in reliability, technology and customer service. Yamaha Marine is the only outboard brand to have earned NMMA®’s CSI Customer Satisfaction Index award every year since its inception. Visit www.yamahaoutboards.com.
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