An Enderby student was given a head start in his marine training as students from BCIT were awarded scholarships.
Ten students from British Columbia were awarded Glenn Spartz Scholarships from Boating BC, in order to further pursue their careers in the industry.
Nolan Hyam of Enderby was selected as a scholarship recipient along with: Nic Meakin from West Kelowna, Darryl Stanley from Surrey, Michael Lance of Powell River, Nathan Choo from West Vancouver, Thomas Arnold of Courtenay, Thilak Adikari from North Vancouver, Joseph Cervantes of Surrey, Brock Kelsch in Nanaimo and Brandon Miller from Sidney.
Created specifically in response to the growing demand for skilled marine trades, the scholarship directly supports individuals working towards their educational and career goals.
“We’ve seen the boating industry in B.C. grow by 30 per cent over the last five years, and with this growth we’re seeing a shortage of qualified marine mechanical technicians,” said Boating BC president, Don Prittie. “The Glenn Spartz Scholarship is one-way Boating BC is working to address this shortage and we couldn’t be more please to distribute these scholarships to students looking to pursue careers in boating.”
Each scholarship recipient received up to $1,500 towards their education, and are entering level two of the Marine Mechanical Technician program at BCIT in January.