Texas Workforce Commission funds training for 195 mariners at San Jacinto College

09.16.2014 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao

Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar recently visited the San Jacinto College maritime training center to present a $368,173 Skills Development Fund grant for maritime job training.

The TWC Skills Development Fund grant will fund training for 195 mariners from Buffalo Marine Services, G&H Towing Co., Higman Barge Lines Inc., and J.A.M. Distributing. Since the start of the San Jacinto College maritime program in 2010, approximately 2,500 U.S. Coast Guard certificates have been awarded to mariners. Having a local maritime training center saves companies travel expenses. In the past, mariners were sent out of state for similar training.

“Skills grants deliver customized training solutions that help Texas employers and workers succeed in the marketplace,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar in a news release. “This investment builds not only employee skills, but the capabilities of our community colleges to the benefit of employers and the community. We are pleased to make this investment.”

Chairman Alcantar also toured the College’s interactive bridge simulators, which are used to train students for a variety of sea conditions. In the near future, San Jacinto College will expand its maritime training program with the opening of a 45,000-square-foot Maritime Training Center along the Port of Houston. In addition to the professional mariner training, the College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Maritime Transportation, an Associate of Applied Science in International Business Logistics and supply chain management, and an Introduction to Ships and Shipping course with an articulation agreement with Texas A&M University at Galveston.

"It is through support from the Texas Workforce Commission that we can offer our local maritime companies training for their employees, and allow them to grow their business and keep the Port of Houston one of the world's largest and busiest ports for importing and exporting," said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor. "We thank the Texas Workforce Commission for its support for our maritime training program, for our local mariners and maritime companies, and for the growth of our region." 

For more information about maritime training and degree program at San Jacinto College, visit sanjac.edu/maritime.

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, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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