Schedule / Agenda / Things To Do Around Town

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Adm. Mark Buzby

Adm. Mark Buzby - Administrator, MARAD – Maritime Administration

Prior to taking the helm at the Federal Maritime Administration, Adm. Buzby was President of the National Defense Transportation Association and served 34 years with distinction in the U.S. Navy.  Adm. Buzby’s final duty station was as Commander of the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command.


John Reinhart - CEO, Port of Virginia

He is responsible for the strategic growth and operations of the six facilities spread across Virginia that make up the Port of Virginia.  Prior to joining the Port of Virginia, Mr. Reinhart worked for the Maersk organization for 23 years including 14 years as CEO of Maersk Lines.


The Conference Sessions will be changing and expanding, so please check back for updates!

Conference Sessions as of, May 7, 2019:

Military Crosswalk –Sallie Kaye Janes, San Jacinto College, Carla Bell-Thompson, Tidewater Community College, Chris Wahler, MARAD

Marine League of Schools Update – Ann Avery, Skagit Valley College, Abe Arispe, Tidewater Community College

Building a College Consortium – Ann Avery, Skagit Valley College, Karen Cook, Anne Arundel Community College

Summer Camp –Tobey Anne Allen, Tidewater Community College, Amy Arrowood, San Jacinto College, Lana Sielski, Florida Keys Community College

Drones - Chris Carter, Deputy Director, Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Jim Blanchard, Anne Arundel Community College, and David Barton of Draper Aden Associates

Logistics –CMA CGM, Paul Ewell, Virginia Wesleyan University, Karen Cook, Anne Arundel Community College, and Randy Guillot, Chairman of the American Trucking Association

Cybersecurity – LCDR Barbara Wilk, USCG Assessor International Port Security Program,

Port Operations – Melissa Infusino, Long Beach Community College, Old Dominion, Port of Virginia

Off Shore Wind Update – George Hagerman, Old Dominion University, Will Payne, Virginia Department of Mines Mineral, Hayes Framme, ORSTED

Brown Water – Mississippi River Update – Bob Matthews, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Alison Bordelon, Delgado Community College, Hinds Community College


Navigating to Industry Recognized Credentials for the Underway Mariner

John Stauffer, San Jacinto College Maritime, Capt. Ed Nanartowich, Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy, and Dr. Anush Ramachandran, Learn America

This session will discuss the USCG course, site, and instructor approval process for training providers. Additionally, lessons learned on leveraging industry partnerships and state of the art simulation to meet USCG training assessment requirements will also be discussed.


From Engine Rooms to Alaska Ferries: Unique Industrial Training for Alaska's Maritime Sector

Larry O’Loane and Mike LaBarqe, University of Alaska Southeast Maritime Training Center

The University of Alaska Southeast Maritime Training Center offers a very unique training program for students interested in either the shipbuilding/repair industry or the marine engineering industry in a high-intensity 12-week, 19-credit program called the Maritime and Multi-Skilled Worker program. This program is structured to provide the same training most 2-year maritime programs cover including diesel engine repair and maintenance, naval architecture, marine electrical systems, refrigeration maintenance and repair, welding and hydraulics maintenance and repair. The program is U.S. Coast Guard-approved and provides a Qualified Member of the Engine Room (QMED) credential upon successful completion of the program.


Mississippi Gulf Coast Shipbuilders Academy

Millie Bordelon, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Garry Mercer, Ingalls Ship Building

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Huntington Ingalls established the Shipbuilders Academy which allows high school students to earn credentials in a career and technical education (CTE) program.  There is a movement among high schools to embrace a “pathways” model, and the Shipbuilders Academy provides a curriculum pathway for the skilled trades.  This version of dual credit allows students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma, college credit, and work experience.  This session provides a glance into this well-established and successful partnership between Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding, and the surrounding high schools on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Students could possibly enter the Collegiate Academy allowing students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associate degree.  Conference attendees will learn the following:

-Specific layout of the program

-Program options for high school students

-Industry and college roles

-Effective Recruiting method and results

-Year to year outcomes


Meeting Workforce Needs through High School Dual Enrollment and Industry

Incumbent Worker Training

Karen Cook and Shad Ewart Anne Arundel Community College, Sheila Zeytinoglu Anne Arundel County Public Schools

This session will focus on workforce needs for jobs related to cargo handling, supply chain logistics, port operations, and warehousing and distribution. Focus will be on high school dual enrollment and incumbent worker training. Participants will learn how to create and manage a successful high school dual enrollment program where students graduate concurrently with a high school diploma and college certificate. High school internships will be discussed as well as innovative activities designed to engage high school students (and parents) in real life workforce applications. A model for developing and managing industry incumbent worker training programs will also be shared.


Alaska's Young Mariner Program

Terry Federer AVTEC

Interested in finding out how Alaskan high school students are converting the sea time they have earned on the water into a VERY lucrative career in the Maritime Industry while they are still in HS without incurring any tuition debt? The Maritime Industry is VERY interested in continuing to hire AVTEC's Young Mariner Program graduates into lucrative careers that offer flexible work schedules. All are invited to join Terry Federer, AVTEC's AK Maritime Training Center, to learn about this outstanding program, the partnerships that have helped to make it a success and how you might be able to duplicate the program in your region.


Crafting Maritime Trades into High School Curriculum

Seth Black, Director of Career and Technical Education, City of Hampton

In this session, participants will learn the path that the Maritime Academy is taking to introduce high school students to the maritime trades.

Based on the identification of a significant gap in the talent pipeline and in-demand careers in the maritime industry, the Virginia Ship Repair Foundation (VSRF) partners and the Academies of Hampton worked to form the Maritime Academy at Hampton High School.

Using Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Career and Technical Education Courses (CTE), industry partners came together to craft a unique classroom experience that would expose students to the various opportunities available in high demand, high wage maritime careers.



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