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Michigan Boating Industries Association honors two at Macomb Community College with Lighthouse Awards

– Tuesday, December 1, 2020 10:00AM

Development of new marine technician program prompts awards

Patrick Rouse, director, Workforce Development and Continuing Education, and Valerie Corbett, project manager, Workforce Education, Macomb Community College both received a 2020 Lighthouse Award from the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) in appreciation for their work in helping the Michigan marine industry address the shortage of qualified technicians. Six others in the region also received the award.

Rouse and Corbett were honored for their work with the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development, and the Michigan Boating Industry and their partners in developing Macomb Community College’s new comprehensive marine technician training program. This five-week program develops the skills sets critical to helping the marine industry address its shortage of qualified personnel and provide individuals with entry into a dynamic field that offers year-round work. On completion of the program, graduates are prepared for in-demand jobs as marine service technicians with entry-level jobs offering salaries averaging $35,000 - $45,000 and including benefits.

For more information on Macomb’s marine technician program, call 586.498.4100 or email

About Michigan Boating Industries Association

MBIA is the official, statewide marine industry association which serves as the voice for Michigan’s $7.4 billion marine industry and the four million people who enjoy Michigan’s nearly one million registered boats. The MBIA is dedicated to the advancement, protection and promotion of boating across Michigan. For more information about MBIA and a full list of MBIA Lighthouse Award recipients, go to

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is one of the largest grantors of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Media contact: Sean M. Patrick, 586.445.7271,