The Rotary Club of Hyannis recently supported Cape Cod Maritime Museum with a grant to fund expansion of the “Boat Yard Apprentice School”. 
 
 
 
Paul Gandillot presents grant funds to Chris Galazzi, Executive Director of Cape Cod Maritime Museum
 
 
Here is an excerpt from the application:
 
We have collaborated to determine the specific skills and experience necessary to earn a Cape Cod Maritime Museum “Boat Yard Apprentice Certificate”.  Skills included in this certificate training are traditional wood building and restoration techniques, and will lead to entry level employment in local boat yards that are currently building and restoring wood boats using traditional maritime skills.
 
We achieve this outcome for each student through the participation of both teachers and mentors in the boat shop classroom, where positive, self-esteem building communication and engagement is the first step in every interaction. This collaborative restoration teamwork leads to not only historically significant outcomes for critically important boats, but also provides personal and economic growth opportunities for members of our local community through employment in local traditional wood boat yards.
 
This Apprentice Certification can be the first step toward learning skills that will provide at-risk school age teenagers and adults the emotional, verbal and cognitive knowledge needed to preserve and protect not only critical maritime artifacts, but also the skills that connect them to the builders of the past, and their own employment future. Through the guidance of trained educators, dedicated volunteers and career mentors, students gain real-world experience that is transferable to their personal and professional relationships. The Museum’s staff creates an environment where students can model positive communication, leading to self-esteem and social awareness, in addition to hard skills and future employment.
 
Rotarians hope for the best possible outcome for the program and the apprentices.  This is such a worthwhile endeavor and retains valuable knowledge and skills not shared elsewhere.  We’re so pleased to assist the Cape Cod Maritime Museum.
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