HGTC Hosts South Carolina Boating & Fishing Alliance
Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) was proud to host the South Carolina Boating and Fishing Alliance on the Conway Campus October 14. HGTC President, Dr. Marilyn Murphy Fore, welcomed the Board of Directors for the fourth quarter board meeting. Following the meeting, board members took a tour of the Outboard Marine Technology lab.
The Outboard Marine Technology program runs for three semesters and provides training that covers all components and functions of an Outboard engine including service, diagnostic electrical systems, rigging, propellers, lubrication, lower units, and fuel systems. After completion of the program students will obtain skill sets needed to enter the workforce as an Outboard Engine Technician.
The program was created in response to a significant local industry need for a skilled workforce in this area. The marine industry is growing at a rate that the technician labor supply is not matching. HGTC has been a dedicated industry partners needed to ensure the success of the program. Partners include:
(left to right) Barry Avent, Stingray Boats; Patrick Stamps, Local Boy Outfitters; Grant Kaple, Hilton Head Boathouse; John O’Keefe, Yamaha Marine; Mike Holmes, Carolina Composites; Mickey Thompson, Sportsman’s Choice Marine; Bob Wiggins, Todd Atwater, S.C. Boating & Fishing Alliance; Jeff Ball, HGTC; Dr. Marilyn Fore, HGTC President; Jon Boswell, Quantum Paints; Davy Hite, Bassmaster Classic Champion and TV personality; Dr. Lisa Waller, Falcon Bass Boats; Chairman Chris Butler, Butler Marine; Russ Tomlinson, Sportsman Boats; Alan Lang, Scout Boats; Tedd Moore, Bentley Pontoons; Gettys Brannon, S.C. Boating & Fishing Alliance; Brandon Haselden, HGTC; and Henry Sikes, Carolina Composites.
For more information about the Outboard Marine Technology program, contact Professor Matt Springs at 843-349-3172.