Group Shot 1Educators are the SMART Center's front-line partners in making community college, high school and middle school students aware of, and prepared for, well-paying, skilled technician jobs in the maritime and transportation industry.

We provide real value to our partner educators including:

  • career awareness information for students
  • career pathway tools
  • opportunities for professional development and academic credit
  • introductions to industry leaders and employers for ongoing collaboration
  • a respository of maritime and transportation-related curriculum and classroom-based activities

Our annual Summer Maritime Teacher Institutes (SMTI) in Virginia, Maryland, and Texas provides STEM middle and high school STEM teachers, faculty, administrators, career coaches and guidance counselors with an 5-7 day immersive experience in the maritime and transportation industry. Participants learn from industry leaders, talk with skilled technicians currently working in the industry, participate in collaborative experiential learning activities, and tour maritime-related worksites including marinas, shipyards, Naval bases, and ports.

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Participants who successfully complete the Institute will receive a stipend, a certificate of completion, academic credit from Tidewater Community College, and ongoing opportunities for collaboration as part of an Institute forum which will help advance the SMART Center's mission. To learn more and receive a link to the web-based Institute application call Sandra Weber at 757.822.7485 or email her at