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), Janiece Longoria, chairman of 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. Chairman Longoria will serve as the conference’s keynote speaker.
San Jacinto College will host the first day on June 5 at the Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus in LaPorte, 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.
To register for the Shared Quarters Maritime Conference and to find out more about presenters and details, visit sanjac.edu/shared-quarters-national-maritime-workforce-conference.