With sponsorship from the Marine Industry Cares Foundation, students from South Broward, Dillard and Stranahan High Schools attend the Marine Industry Immersion Summer Camp. The two-week program introduces students to opportunities in the recreational marine industry, which pays 28% higher wages than the Florida State average.
The highlight of the program is, of course, propeller racing! As those of you who attended the 2016 NMPA Annual Convention in Las Vegas may remember (after all, “what happens in Vegas…”) we had our own Design, Build and Race Challenge poolside at the Orleans Hotel. NMPA Members are encouraged to sponsor their own DBR Challenges in their communities to introduce and promote the propeller repair and marine industries.
Jimmie Harrison, of Frank & Jimmie’s said, “Providing high school students access to the businesses and leaders of the marine industry while showing them the opportunities in the propeller repair business is critical for the growth of our trade. Frank & Jimmie’s is thrilled to be doing its part to help grow and secure the industry’s future.” In addition to the Summer Camps, Frank & Jimmie’s hosts propeller racing at Ft. Lauderdale’s Annual Marine Industry Day and Plywood Regatta, now in its 21st year.
“This summer, nearly 100 students will design, build and race their own propellers in Ft. Lauderdale,” said NMPA managing director Gordon Connell. “With the addition of an extra day of teaching and head-to-head competition, students have time to modify and adjust their designs and assess the tradeoffs between propeller diameter, blade areas and pitch on speed and performance. Combined with a tour of Frank & Jimmie’s Repair Facility, they get a real-world feel for propeller design, build and repair.”
In addition to providing NMPA’s Design, Build & Race Your Own Propeller Program at venues throughout Ft. Lauderdale, Frank & Jimmie’s also employs two high-school summer interns from the Broward County Public Schools and sponsored a third high-school student/part-time employee in his participation in SkillsUSA, a local, state and national program for students to develop and demonstrate personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Ricardo “RJ” Perez won the local and state welding competition and is on his way to participate at the national level.
“Our #1 focus every day is on our employees – both current and future,” said Don MacRae, Frank & Jimmie’s President and COO. “At Frank & Jimmie’s, recruiting, hiring, training and developing employees is our #1 priority. Our local high school students are a vital component of our future employee pipeline. It is exciting to see the interest these students have in our business when they’re given the opportunity to learn in a fun environment. Today’s students are the repair professionals and business leaders of the future; the Marine Industry Cares Foundation does a great job providing summer camps so the students can learn about the marine industry and the tremendous opportunities that exist right here in their own backyard. That itself is reward enough…”