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Northeast Maritime Institute Allows Students to Put the Education Behind Their Sails

So you want to work in the Maritime industry. Congratulations! But, what now? Do you attend a regular college or university? Do you check out a vocational school? While it is an ever-growing industry, it isn't one in which many people are aware of the process. This is where organizations like the Northeast Maritime Institute step in.

Northeast Maritime Institute is a private college which offers students an opportunity to receive maritime education and career-oriented maritime training through a legitimate degree program. In addition to the degree program, the Institute also offers professional maritime training and STCW training courses in the continuing education category. "Northeast Maritime Institute offers Maritime Education and Training for commercial mariners or merchant mariners," states Heather A. Correia, Chief Operating Officer for the Institute.

She details exactly how in depth their training is, utilizing one degree field in general. "Our Associate of Applied Science in Nautical Science Degree, for example, allows students an opportunity to enter the industry with virtually no background on the water and enter the work force after two years in school in a higher education program." While this is an incredible feat, the Institution does not put a focus on the beginning spectrum. They cover all their bases when it comes to Maritime education, dedicating the entire facility to the field.

"We also provide specialized training programs for professional mariners who wish to increase the level of certification required to upgrade and maintain their licenses or certificates of competency."

For those looking to gain entrance into the Institution, there are a few simple boxes one must tick off first. "The qualifications required are a high school diploma or equivalent with a GPA of 2.0 or above," Correia states. But, while this sounds like an easy task, there is one more distinguishing factor that one must possess to be gained access to the program. "More importantly, the student must have a strong passion and work ethic in order to be enrolled in this highly selective program."

While the requirements for getting into the program may seem simple, that is where the effortlessness ends. The program itself is actually quite grueling, in order to prepare students for a life in the Maritime industry. "Students will take a very heavy work load of nautical science courses as well as the MassTransfer Block of courses that are required for their general education requirements," Correia tells us. "However, it is important to impart that students will receive 83 college credits in a two year period."

Currently, Northeast Maritime Institute's education and training courses are approved under the International Convention on Standards of Training & Certification of Watchkeepers and Seafarers (STCW). The United States Coast Guard and Commonwealth of Dominica Maritime Administration also approved training provided required marine safety and security education, ship operation courses, US Coast Guard License and Document Courses, and programs for International students seeking an STCW Certificate of Competence.

"Northeast Maritime Institute is a global leader in providing relevant and uncompromising maritime education, maritime training and maritime professional development programs," states their website. "Professional mariners both domestic and from around the world come to Northeast Maritime Institute as their school of choice to receive the best possible maritime education and training, all while being treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve."

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