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Shared Quarters, National Maritime Workforce Conference
by Ruth Ann Ruiz
Tuesday, June 05, 2018

San Jac CollegeCongressman Gene Green of Texas’ 29th District was honored at San Jacinto College's Maritime Campus in La Porte on Tuesday. The plank ceremony took place as part of the welcome session for the Shared Quarters, National Maritime Workforce Conference being held for two days on the Gulf Coast of Texas.  

“While we don’t have a ship, our Maritime program is really our ship,” said Dr Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor San Jacinto College, as she spoke to the attendees. “Without Congressman Green’s support this Maritime facility would not have happened.”  

Congressman Green has supported educational legislation throughout his tenure as a U.S. Representative and earlier in his career in the Texas House of Representatives.  

Representative Green was one of two US Congressman who added a provision to the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2018 to include funding for training in Maritime careers at community colleges.  

Representatives of colleges and universities from coast to coast and as far away as Ketchikan, Alaska traveled to Texas for the conference. Officials with transportation and maritime organizations from Washington D.C. are also partaking in the conference.   

Congressmen Brian Babin and Pete Olson were also in attendance and offered remarks. 

The conference continues on Wednesday, convening on the campus of Texas A&M University in Galveston.




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