Marine Trades Scholarship Winner

Article Published: 04/20/2017

When it was time to make a career change, Jarrod Turnbull of Logan, Ohio decided he wanted to become a marine mechanic.  It made sense to incorporate his love of being on the water and working on boats into what he’d do every day for a career.

After researching marine training programs, Turnbull selected the Marine Trades program at EHOVE Adult Career Center, even though he lives over 2½ hours away.  To help pay his expenses, he applied for a scholarship from Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA), an organization that works to create a strong and healthy boating industry.

MRAA selected Turnbull as the recipient of their $3000 scholarship in March.  “I’m very appreciative and it will help me a lot,” said Turnbull.

Marine Trades classes run through mid-June then the students go out on internships to area facilities in the marine career field.  Turnbull is already gaining real-world experience since he is already working as a marine technician at South Shore Marine in Huron.  

“I’d like to stay there after graduation,” he said.  “It’s a good place to work and they’re very supportive with furthering your education and helping you earn even more certifications.”

Students in EHOVE Adult Career Center’s Marine Trades occupational program learn the skills needed to become a mechanic or technician in the field. The career field is so diverse that graduate could work on a yacht one day and a runabout the next.  

In an interactive, hands-on environment, students learn about electrical, plumbing, diesel & gas engine work, fiberglass, sterndrive systems and other marine-related training.  Earning industry certifications including Mercury Marine Trades Fundamentals, General Industry Safety and Forklift, and the experience from the internship, prepare them to work in the career field right after graduation.

If you or someone you know is interested in the Marine Trades occupational program at EHOVE Adult Career, call 419-499-4663.