Conference Sessions: 

Building a College Consortium

Ann Avery with Skagit Valley College and Karen Cook with Anne Arundel Community College 

This session will introduce attendees to community and technical college consortium models and provide best practices when considering the establishment of a consortium of two or more colleges. Participants in this interactive session will take away information and insight into the motivating rationale for forming a consortium. Attendees to the session will receive a rubric to use as a tool for considering and/or creating a consortium.

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Navigating to Industry Recognized Credentials for the Underway Mariner

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


Developing High School Maritime Programs: Hampton Maritime Academy and Mississippi Shipbuilding Academy

Seth Black with Hampton Public Schools, Kelly Dye with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, and Garry Mercer with Ingalls Shipbuilding

This session provides a look into two successful maritime high school programs. The first is the well-established and successful partnership between Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding, and the surrounding high schools on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This version of dual credit allows students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma, college credit, and work experience.

The other program is Hampton Maritime Academy in Hampton, VA which opened in 2018 and introduces high school students to the maritime trades.  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.


Meeting Workforce Needs through High School Dual Enrollment and Industry

Incumbent Worker Training

Karen Cook and Shad Ewart with Anne Arundel Community College, Sheila Zeytinoglu with 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.

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Alaska's Young Mariner Program

Terry Federer with 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.


Readying Maritime Infrastructure and Workforce for the U.S. Offshore Wind Boom

Will Payne with Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy, Aaron Katrancha with Virginia International Terminals, Will Fediw with the Virginia Maritime Association, and Hayes Framme with Ørsted

Representatives from the Port of Virginia, Virginia Maritime Association and offshore wind developer Ørsted will discuss the status of the U.S. East Coast offshore wind build-out and how the maritime industry is preparing its infrastructure, workforce and logistics operations. 


Youth Engagement: Successful Introduction of Career Pathways

Tobey Anne Allen with Tidewater Community College, Dr. Sarah Janes with San Jacinto College, Alex Agnew with Tall Ships of Maine, and Jack Seubert with Florida Keys Community College

Learn how to engage students in your pathways before they reach college from four different program leads that have designed and implemented successful youth initiatives at their communities.  The focus of this session will be to share some new, innovative programs from across the country and will explore topics such as developing learning objectives, marketing, getting industry involved and best funding strategies. 

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Shipbuilding and Ship Repair: A 300-year-old cutting edge industry

Bill Crow with Virginia Ship Repair Association, Nikole Dunkley with Lyon Shipyard,  Garry Mercer with Ingalls Shipbuilding, Bob Boyd with Colonna's Shipyard, and Brad Vaughn with BAE Systems

America has been building ships for over 300 years. As America moves to 355 ship Navy, the building of new ships and the ability to successfully upgrade the current fleet becomes critical to the national defense of the United States.  Come hear from industry experts on both the current and future needs of military and civilian shipbuilding and ship repair.


The Basics of Crosswalking Military Experience to Credit

Dr. Sarah Janes with San Jacinto College, Carla Bell-Thompson with Tidewater Community College, and Chris Wahler with MARAD

To increase the number of veterans entering the maritime workforce, colleges have been actively working on creating crosswalks between military experience and academic credit.  During this session, the panel will share their experiences with this process as well as best practices and documentation strategies for creating military to credit crosswalks that can be implemented at other institutions.

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Cutting Edge Tech in the Maritime World

Chris Carter with Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Jim Blanchard with Anne Arundel Community College, Peter Bale with Sentinel Robotic Solutions, and Butch Brenton with Newport News Shipbuilding

How would you like to build a ship from light or use a flying camera to inspect a hull 200 feet in the air or even sail a ship around the world without a crew? This not science fiction.  The technology is maturing and we need to have our students ready to apply it and grow the industry. Come hear from a group of experts on the cutting edge about what they see.

Click here for the presentation: GeoTEd-UAS overview and UAS Airfield Brief 

Port Operations Powering Our Commerce

Dr. Sarah Janes with San Jacinto College, Ricardo Ungo with Old Dominion University, and Vance Griffin with Port of Virginia

To ensure smooth port operations, it is vital that ports have the adequate physical infrastructure, human capital and a network of connectivity to support their operations. How community colleges and universities partner with their port can impact an entire region. Learn about the needs of the ports and the colleges that are supporting them.


Tall Ships Create the New Maritime Workforce

Alex Agnew with Tall Ships Maine, KC Fullmer with Sail Nauticus, Ann Avary with Skagit Valley College, Alison Bordelon with Louisiana Community & Technical College System, and Corey Roy with Schooner Virginia

Tall ships have sailed the seas for hundreds of years.  They evoke hard-fought naval battles and the romance of the sea.  Today, preserved ships and reconstructions not only teach history, but are used to open the maritime world to students. Hear stories from around the country about how these historical gems are creating the new maritime workforce.


Logistics Rule the Land and Sea

Patty Reed with CMA CGM, Karen Cook with Anne Arundel Community College, and Randy Guillot with American Trucking Association

We have gone from a world where it could take months for a delivery to a drone drop in two hours.  How do you create efficiencies, use technology and education to satisfy the world’s need for delivery now. Hear from industry and education experts on where we are and where we are going in the world of logistics.

Click here for the presentation: Logistic Session