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San Jacinto College
News Release
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Point Comfort Towing teams up with San Jacinto College for USCG-approved training

Maritime training made possible thanks to a Texas Workforce Commission grant

PASADENA, Texas Point Comfort Towing, Inc., is sending its mariners to the San Jacinto College maritime program for required job training and recertification, thanks to a Skills for Small Business grant by the Texas Workforce Commission that provides $6,700 for their training.

Point Comfort Towing is a small harbor tug operation that serves the Calhoun Port Authority. Capt. James Andrews, president of Point Comfort Towing, identified six courses offered at the College’s Maritime Technology and Training Center in La Porte, Texas, to develop technical skills for his engineers, leadership for his captains, and radar and shipboard firefighting training.
“This program will go a long way to help us comply with the new regulations,” Andrews said in a prepared statement, adding that the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) introduced new regulations, known as Subchapter M of Title 46, U.S. Code, that mandates additional training requirements for merchant mariners and their employers.

“We’re honored to train the merchant mariners of Point Comfort Towing," said Chief John Stauffer, associate vice chancellor and superintendent of maritime at San Jacinto College. "We thank the Texas Workforce Commission for its continued support by allowing more mariners to receive the training they need to advance in the industry and stay current with U.S. Coast Guard requirements."

The San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus offers a full calendar of USCG-approved professional mariner courses. The Center also offers an associate degree program in maritime transportation. For more information and to register for training, visit

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 finalist and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

For more information about San Jacinto College call 281-998-6150, visit or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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