To the editor:
I read with interest the article in the March Working Waterfront about Senator Kevin Raye’s funding bill that would provide ongoing support for the Boat School at Washington County Community College. Your readership should be made aware of additional programs that provide quality training to the Maine marine industry, thus ensuring its long-term success and prosperity.

The Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design in Arundel is an example of a private, nonprofit accredited school that has an international reputation for preparing high quality graduates to the industry. In addition to its ten-month courses in boatbuilding, marine systems technology and small craft design, the Landing School runs the Center for Continuing Education, a program that takes a wide variety of short-term courses to companies and marine trade organizations throughout the industry.

It seems likely that a mixture of institutions offering high quality training is the best strategy for supporting one of Maine’s most important industries, and Working Waterfront would provide a service to its readership by informing them about the various training options available in the state.

Barry Acker, president
The Landing School