Two-day national maritime conference scheduled June 5-6

04.20.2018 | By Jeannie Peng Mansyur

Maritime professionals will convene for two days to discuss issues and challenges facing the industry

PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College and the Texas A&M Maritime Academy will host the Shared Quarters National Maritime Conference, June 5-6. The conference will bring together industry professionals and educators from across the country to focus on the expansion of the maritime industry and efforts to incorporate community colleges for the training of the maritime workforce.

Rep. Gene Green (TX-29), Chairman Janiece Longoria with Port Houston, Jeff Brandt with the National Maritime Center, and Dr. Shashi Kumar and Kevin Tokarski with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) will be among the guest speakers. Ms. Longoria will serve as the conference's keynote speaker. 

Ms. Longoria is an honors graduate of the University of Texas and received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas School of Law. She has served as the Chairman of the Port of Houston Authority, the leading economic engine for the greater Houston region, since she was unanimously appointed by the City of Houston and County of Harris in 2013. Ms. Longoria chairs the Port Commission’s Audit Committee, Community Relations Committee and serves on the Governance Committee and Pension and Benefits Committee. She also created the Citizens Advisory Council to foster open communication between communities in and around the Port of Houston and the Port Commission. Ms. Longoria is also a Regent for the University of Texas System that oversees the flagship University of Texas at Austin, as well as eight other academic institutions and six healthcare institutions including MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

“The Shared Quarters Maritime Conference promises to be an event where we can discuss the issues facing maritime and ways that we as maritime educators can help meet the industry’s growing needs to compete globally,” said John Stauffer, associate vice chancellor and superintendent of maritime at San Jacinto College. “We’re excited to partner with the Texas A&M Maritime Academy in hosting these discussions and look forward to this national maritime event.”

San Jacinto College will host the first day on June 5 at the Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus in La Porte, Texas. The Texas A&M Maritime Academy will host the second day on June 6 at its Galveston, Texas, campus. In addition to guest speakers, the conference will include panel discussions on the topics of innovative workforce programs, college alignments with the maritime industry, and the Domestic Maritime Centers of Excellence program.  

In 2017, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve Domestic Maritime Centers of Excellence legislation as part of the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The legislation authorizes federal support for two-year community and technical colleges, allowing the colleges to expand their capacity to train domestic maritime workers by admitting more students, training faculty, expanding facilities, creating new maritime career pathways from associate degree to baccalaureate degree programs, and awarding credit for prior learning experience, including military service. 

The Domestic Maritime Centers of Excellence legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Gene Green and co-sponsored by Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36), Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22), and Rep. Ted Poe (TX-2).  The Senate version of the legislation was co-sponsored by Texas Sen. John Cornyn.

To register for the Shared Quarters Maritime Conference and to find out more about presenters and details, visit

About San Jacinto College 

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce. 

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