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Marine mechanics skills classes starting soon

The Marine Mechanics Skills for Life program is planning two 10-day classes in April and is seeking participants now.
The first class, set to begin March 19, will focus on outboard marine engines. It will operate from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday and will be at the Ottawa County Community Improvement Corp.’s offices on Ohio 163 in Oak Harbor.
The second class will address stern-drive motors and will run from April 2-12. This class will also operate at the same times from Monday to Thursday at the OCIC offices in Oak Harbor.
Supported by several local marinas, the classes are made possible by a collaborative effort of the Ottawa County Community Improvement Corp., Penta Career Center and WSOS Community Action Commission.
The class provides students with program instruction and hands-on training in the proper use of all tools used in the marine mechanic industry: diagnosis, repair and replacement of all components of outboard motors, stern drive motors; as well as the maintenance and repair practices of seasonal marine work. Participants also receive a work ethics certification and boating education certification provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Watercraft Division.  
It designed as an open entry and open exit hands-on program that allows participants to master the skills of the marine trade in less than six months. The participant who completes the requirements of this program can work at any marina around the nation.  
For information on how to enroll in this program, call George Dupey at 419-334-3332.

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