The SMART Center has created many resources that educators can use to provide students with information about the maritime industry and careers.
Maritime Education Pathways
Maritime Lesson Plans
Maritime Careers Presentation
Want to start a maritime student competition at your school?
Download a copy of the SMART Maritime
Intermodel Port and Logistics Robotics
Competition Implementation Manual
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:
- A Roadmap to Career Pathways (career pathways in logistics and transportation)
- Teaching Guide: Movement of International Shipments (Grades 9-12; 10 lessons)
- Real-World Applications of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) (Grades 9-10) Lesson Plan, RFID PPT
- APICS - http://www.apics.org/
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.
TeachingTechnicians.org (www.teachingtechnicians.org)- 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).
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.
- Maine Maritime Academy - www.mma.edu
- Massachusetts Maritime Academy - www.maritime.edu
- California Maritime Academy - www.csum.edu
- Texas A&M University at Galveston - www.tamug.edu
- State University of New York Maritime Academy - www.sunymaritime.edu
- United States Merchant Marine Academy - www.usmma.edu
Government Agencies and Associations
- US Dept of Transportation Maritime Administration - www.marad.dot.gov
- Federal Maritime Commission - www.fmc.gov
- American Institute for Shippers Association - www.shippers.org
- International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots - www.bridgedeck.org
- MTS MarView - www.marview.org
- Association of Ship Brokers and Agents - www.asba.org
- Freight Forum - www. freightforum.com
- American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) - www.aapa-ports.org
- Coalition for Secure Ports - www.secureports.org