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The SMART Maritime and Transportation Resource Handbook and Career Guide

SMART Maritime Technologies Pathway
The SMART Center, working in conjunction with host institution Tidewater Community College (TCC), created the Maritime Technologies pathway which features academic certificates that can be "stacked" toward other certificates or the A.A.S. Maritime Technologies degree, and academic credit for required apprenticeship-related instruction (ARI) for registered apprentices working within the industry.

SMART Maritime and Transportation Institute-Produced Materials
Each summer the SMART Center hosts immersive week-long experiences for secondary and post-secondary STEM and CTE educators, college faculty and administrators, and industry professionals into the maritime and transportation industry. Each year participants produce classroom-ready materials. Please review and use with your students and notify us as to how we can support your efforts and measure your impact!

Registered apprenticeship is a centuries-old model of workforce development proven to increase productivity, lower turnover and provide workers with solid entry into middle-skill careers that offer tremendous long-term opportunities for advancement and credential attainment. Following are materials to assist educators in creating effective pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs and pathways:

Resources and pre-apprenticeship curriculum, available here, designed by the "Western Resources Center for Women in Apprenticeship." Includes instructor guides and presentations, student learning materials, tests and assessment materials.

Logistics and Transportation Career Pathway Development Materials
With 76% of all goods in the U.S. coming by way of marine transportation, technicians are critically needed by port-related logistics and transportation employers. Following are materials to assist educators and employers create effective career pathways for students to enter into port operations, logistics and associated transportation, distribution and logistics employer opportunities:

Maritime and Transportation Industry Core Competencies
The SMART Center commissioned a focus group study in 2010 working with industry professionals and educators to identify the core competencies necessary for technician-level professions in the shipbuilding and ship repair segment of the maritime and transportation industry. The product can be used to create industry-relevant curriculum, modules, and outreach materials for middle school, high school, and 2- and 4-year college programs.

Professional Development ( This website links technician educators with National Science Foundation supported, state-of-the-art, faculty development in advanced & emerging technologies, teaching methods, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Maritime Academies
The national maritime academies are four year institutions that provide students with a Bachelor of Science degree along with a license as Third Mate or Third Assistant Engineer.

Government Agencies and Associations