New mariners recognized at Crew Member Ceremony

08.28.2018 | By Jeannie Peng Mansyur

San Jacinto College held ceremony to recognize recent maritime associate degree grads

PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College recently graduated a new class of mariners to join crews aboard vessels along the Gulf Coast.

The College held a Crew Member Ceremony for this summer’s maritime transportation associate degree graduates. The program provides two years of rigorous maritime transportation curriculum that includes sea time during the summers through internships with local industry. The maritime transportation associate degree program is the first of its kind in Texas. Since starting in 2012, approximately 50 maritime graduates have completed the program and began their maritime careers. Last year, the College held a Plank Owners Ceremony, its first maritime graduate recognition, separate from the College’s commencement ceremony. 

“Because I have this degree, I know I’ll have a job that is relevant in a very successful industry,” said James Bailey, who served in the U.S. Coast Guard and went back to school to re-enter the maritime industry. “Through this program, I’ve interned on an offshore tug and out of Tampa, and only a few get that chance. It’s been an amazing experience.”

The San Jacinto College maritime program is guided by an advisory council that includes industry partners. These partners play an instrumental role in the curriculum and placement of students in internships. Each semester, maritime companies visit the College’s Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus in La Porte, Texas, to meet with maritime students and either hire them as full-time deckhands or for summer internships. 

“We held this ceremony to celebrate our graduates who are now crew members for vessels and here at San Jacinto College,” said Capt. Amy Arrowood, director of the San Jacinto College maritime credit program. “We really are one of a kind in the country. Employers call us regularly asking for our students as interns and our graduates as deckhands. We work to produce quality mariners, and it shows when they are out in the industry.”

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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 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 institution, 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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