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Texas A&M University at Galveston hosts second day of the Shared Quarters National Maritime Workforce Conference
by Ruth Ann Ruiz
Wednesday, June 06, 2018

National Maritime Workforce ConferenceTexas A&M University at Galveston hosted the second day of the Shared Quarters National Maritime Workforce Conference on Wednesday. RADM Michael J. Rodriguez, USMS, Superintendent of Texas A&M Maritime Academy and John Stauffer, Vice Chancellor & Superintendent for Maritime at San Jacinto College spoke with Guidry News Service prior to the start of the program. They were in agreement that partnerships and sharing are desired outcomes from the conference and the funds authorized by Congress.

Sharing resources such as the Polaris full-mission bridge simulators at San Jacinto College with students attending Texas A&M at Galveston and San Jacinto students partnering with shipping companies that have large ships for ”hands-on” training are just a few examples of the goals both educators have in mind. Another joint goal is advanced articulation between the two schools. 

With funds for community colleges authorized through a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018, the next step is appropriation of the funds to develop more training for young people in maritime careers in every maritime school in the nation.  

Industry leaders, educators and federal officials are collaborating in securing the funds and providing training that meets world-wide industry standards.

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