First Group of LRCC Students Complete Newly Launched Mercury Outboard Certificate
New certificate program extends 25-year partnership
LACONIA, NH (May 25, 2021) – Just days after earning his degree in marine engine technology at Lakes Region Community College, Mehan Angle started his new job as a marine engine technician at Squam Boat Livery in Holderness. Angle was part of a class graduating with skills in high demand in the local economy, and the timing was perfect as LRCC had just added a Mercury Outboard certification to its program, bringing even greater marketability to its graduates.
With a boating resurgence and warmer weather on the horizon, Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) marine engine technology graduates are revved up to begin working in a growing trade in high demand. Mercury Marine, the world’s leading manufacturer of recreational marine propulsion engines, has partnered with LRCC’s Marine Technology program – one of top rated programs in the country – for more than 25 years. In addition to its regular curriculum, LRCC hosts Mercury’s annual dealer training sessions and lab training, bringing in experts from the local area to teach company specific courses. And this year, LRCC added the Mercury Outboard certificate to its offerings, as well as providing diagnostic software for 12 new laptops for the students.
“Partnering with an industry leader like Mercury Marine is the best way for us to amplify our degree program and educational experience for our students,” said Jake Marsh, LRCC Marine Technology program director. “This certificate program allows us to give our students access, training, and instant credentials for a job at a marina.”
The Mercury Outboard certificate, under the Marine Technical associate degree pathway, provides students with the most concentrated marine engine repair training available to become factory-certified with Mercury Marine. In addition to the mechanical aspects, students learn basic marina operations, safety management, uses of marine products, customer relations and communications.
“We have a long-standing partnership with Lakes Region Community College and expanding the relationship was an easy decision,” said Tom Miller, Service Training Operations Manager at Mercury Marine. “It was a win-win for us to help create the Mercury Outboard certificate program as it allows us connect our dealers with technicians who are Mercury-certified and can go right to work on our engines.”
The demand for qualified technicians is bigger than ever with an annual New Hampshire economic impact of $1.2 billion from recreational boating, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and a five percent annual growth in this technical trade. The marine technology degree program at LRCC prepares students to enter the workforce and creates a supply of qualified technicians. Employment opportunities are year-round and can be found in coastal and lakeside communities.
LRCC also recently began a partnership with the Community College System of New Hampshire’s Youth Apprentice Program designed for high school students interested in the marine trade. With help from the NH Marine Trades Association and in conjunction with MacCallum’s Boat House on Northwood Lake in Epsom, the goal of the program is to grow partnerships between high schools, local marinas and LRCC to provide high school students with a pathway to an in-demand career.
Lakes Region Community College was voted fifth best Marine Mechanic’s program in the United States by Mechanics Schools in 2018. LRCC’s Marine Technology program is stackable with various options for degrees and certificates. To learn more about the program, contact Jake Marsh at email@example.com.
About Lakes Region Community College
Lakes Region Community College is a fully-accredited, comprehensive community college located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire that serves over 1,200 students annually, and offers housing options for students. LRCC offers more than 40 degree and certificate programs, including Automotive and Marine Technology, Fire Science, Nursing, Culinary Arts, Business, Accounting, and more. In addition, LRCC provides a strong background in Liberal Arts for students who choose to complete their first two years at a community college and then transfer to a four-year college or university for a baccalaureate degree. Business and industry training programs are also available. Lakes Region Community College is part of the Community College System of New Hampshire. For more information, visit lrcc.edu.
About Mercury Marine
Headquartered in Fond du Lac, Wis., Mercury Marine is the world’s leading manufacturer of recreational marine propulsion engines. A $2.5 billion division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), Mercury provides engines, boats, services and parts for recreational, commercial and government marine applications, empowering boaters with products that are easy to use,
extremely reliable and backed by the most dedicated customer support in the world. Mercury’s industry-leading brand portfolio includes Mercury outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrive and inboard packages; MotorGuide trolling motors; Mercury propellers; Mercury inflatable boats; Mercury SmartCraft electronics; Attwood marine parts; Land ’N’ Sea marine parts distribution; and Mercury and Quicksilver parts and oils. More information is available at mercurymarine.com.