Pier Sixty-Six Marine Director Megan Lagasse and Christine Battles-Merhige, Chief Administrative Officer at Advanced Mechanical Enterprises, have launched a new exhibit at the JA World Huizenga Center at Broward College in Coconut Creek that encourages young people to pursue lucrative careers in the maritime industry.
With an ever-increasing focus on college admissions, many skilled-trade professions, particularly those in the marine industry, are often overlooked. These careers, both on and off-shore, provide well-paying jobs with attractive benefit options and room for growth for men and women alike.
South Florida’s marine industry is a $12 billion/year economic engine that provides the tri-county area of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties with 142,000 jobs. “Our industry is a gold mine of opportunities for the next generation,” said Battles-Merhige. “I’ve made a personal commitment to inspire their interest in our field which will, in turn, maintain the maritime industry as a thriving economic force in the state.”