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New mariners recognized at Crew Member Ceremony
Press Release
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

San Jacinto CollegePASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College recently graduated a new class of mariners to join crews aboard vessels along the Gulf Coast. 

The College held a Crew Member Ceremony for this summer’s maritime transportation associate degree graduates. The program provides two years of rigorous maritime transportation curriculum that includes sea time during the summers through internships with local industry. The maritime transportation associate degree program is the first of its kind in Texas. Since starting in 2012, approximately 50 maritime graduates have completed the program and began their maritime careers. Last year, the College held a Plank Owners Ceremony, its first maritime graduate recognition, separate from the College’s commencement ceremony.  

“Because I have this degree, I know I’ll have a job that is relevant in a very successful industry,” said James Bailey, who served in the U.S. Coast Guard and went back to school to re-enter the maritime industry. “Through this program, I’ve interned on an offshore tug and out of Tampa, and only a few get that chance. It’s been an amazing experience.” 

The San Jacinto College maritime program is guided by an advisory council that includes industry partners. These partners play an instrumental role in the curriculum and placement of students in internships. Each semester, maritime companies visit the College’s Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus in La Porte, Texas, to meet with maritime students and either hire them as full-time deckhands or for summer internships.  

“We held this ceremony to celebrate our graduates who are now crew members for vessels and here at San Jacinto College,” said Capt. Amy Arrowood, director of the San Jacinto College maritime credit program. “We really are one of a kind in the country. Employers call us regularly asking for our students as interns and our graduates as deckhands. We work to produce quality mariners, and it shows when they are out in the industry.” 

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IN THE PHOTO: (left to right) Dr. Ruede Wheeler, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees member; Amy Arrowood, San Jacinto College director of the maritime credit program; Mark Lloyd, San Jacinto College maritime instructor; James Bailey, San Jacinto College graduate; John Stauffer, San Jacinto College maritime superintendent and associate vice chancellor; San Jacinto College graduates Thomas Galvan, EmmaLee Lopez, Juan Guerra, Roland Greenwood, Garrett Diehl, Cody Fuller and Jacob Courtenay; Dan Mims, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees vice chair; Dr. Allatia Harris, San Jacinto College vice chancellor for strategic initiatives; and Teri Zamora, San Jacinto College vice chancellor of fiscal affairs. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng Mansyur, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations and government affairs department.

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