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Original article in Time Magazine

BY ALEJANDRO DE LA GARZA/MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MASS. 

NOVEMBER 29, 2021 10:23 AM EST

As many of New England’s industrial cities fell into decline in recent decades, the wealthier residents of Martha’s Vineyard, a regional center of affluence and privilege, have gotten richer, building and rebuilding beachfront megamansions. But their good fortune has hardly benefited everyone on the island, where economic inequality has run rampant. For Michael Friedman, a 55-year-old IT engineer, rising prices driven by rich residents’ expanding wealth have made it harder to stay and raise his family on the tree-covered Massachusetts island where he grew up. “What can you say?” he says, driving past the Obama family’s Vineyard property in late October. “We’ll try to make a go of it.”

Now, 15 miles off the island’s coast, a new green-energy project is getting under way that many hope will begin to spread the wealth. In a matter of months, workers will begin erecting 837-ft.-tall wind turbines for Vineyard Wind, the country’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm. When fully operational, the plant will generate 800 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 400,000 homes. More than a dozen other East Coast offshore wind projects are awaiting government approval, and the plans portend an entirely new clean-energy industry—with thousands of new, high-paying jobs to go along with it.

But there’s a catch: hardly any U.S. workers have experience building and operating offshore turbines. Community organizations, unions and colleges are now filling that gap, launching training programs in a broad effort to create a new American offshore wind workforce. For organizations that have plowed considerable time and money into education programs for projects that don’t yet exist, these efforts are something of a leap of faith. The same is true for the workers who are undergoing those courses, hoping that a brand-new, eager-to-hire clean-energy industry will await them on the other side.

Friedman is one of those would-be wind workers. For months he’s been taking online classes for an offshore-wind-tech certification through ACE MV (Adult & Community Education Martha’s Vineyard) and Bristol Community College. He’s taking the course partly for personal interest, though he says he would consider switching careers if the opportunity came up. But with Vineyard Wind more than a year and a half from producing power, he’s far from certain that the work he and his fellow students are doing will result in a job. Offshore wind has been just over the horizon for decades, with endless legal battles grinding a previous Massachusetts venture, Cape Wind, to a halt in 2017. Things are likely to be different with Vineyard Wind—the project is located farther offshore and hasn’t faced the same intensity of local backlash—but many, like Friedman, remain skeptical. “I’ll believe it when I see it,” he says.

Yet others are diving in. On a brisk November morning, a handful of Piledrivers Local 56 workers shivered as they floated in the ice-cold water of Buzzards Bay, Mass., for a training session. During an earlier safety lecture, one of the workers, Nick Fileccia, had made a few wisecracks. Now, after the piledrivers donned bright orange ocean survival suits and slipped off a dock into the blue-gray water, he was dead serious. “Man, that water,” he said after emerging from 30 minutes in the frigid bay, during which he and his classmates had to right an overturned life raft. “I was all jokes until we got in that water.”

 

That exercise was part of a Global Wind Organisation (GWO) training program designed to prepare millwrights, ironworkers and other tradespeople for the unique challenges involved in doing their jobs at sea. Besides sea–survival modules and classroom components, it includes portions on working at heights, first aid and fire safety. “A lot of it is teaching them skills that we hope that they never have to use,” says Mike Burns, director of the Center for Maritime and Professional Training at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “Practicing an emergency escape from a wind turbine is something you hope you never have to do in real life, but you’re glad that you’ve been trained how to do it.” The academy is currently one of the only places in the U.S. where workers can get this type of training, but it may soon be offered at many more locations up and down the East Coast.

Labor organizations are among the largest supporters of such programs. The Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, for instance, is planning to upgrade a training facility in New Jersey with a wind–turbine mock-up, cranes and other equipment. “We’re in it for about $700,000, $800,000 so far,” says William Sproule, the organization’s executive secretary-treasurer. Meanwhile, the New York State Building & Construction Trades Council is planning to increase class sizes in existing training programs to up the number of workers it can prepare for anticipated local offshore wind projects. “We are really at the very beginning, the precipice, of offshore wind on the East Coast,” says union president Gary LaBarbera. And as Vineyard Wind gets under way, the Massachusetts Building Trades Council, another union, plans to set up a kind of offshore worker training pipeline, starting newer workers on the onshore portions of the project, like building electrical substations, and then moving them out to sea. “That’s the way you develop a stable workforce and a skilled workforce for this industry,” says union president Frank Callahan.

Meanwhile, Bristol Community College, where Friedman is currently studying, is sinking $10 million into launching what it’s calling the National Offshore Wind Institute. Scheduled to open in 2022, the facility will focus on training workers (rather than teaching courses for college credit) and will offer programs on other aspects of the offshore wind industry, like finance and insurance. Jennifer Menard, the college’s vice president of economic and business development, says her goal is to help replicate the economic investment that offshore wind spurred in cities like Cuxhaven in Germany and Hull in the U.K. Facilitating such a renewal, Menard says, means stepping up investments in education to fill gaps in the current U.S. workforce. “I saw what offshore wind could bring,” she says. “It was just an opportunity that we wanted to be ready for.”

Europe, where offshore wind is a long-established industry, may also offer an ideal training ground for U.S. workers. Orsted, a Danish offshore-wind giant, is bringing more than a dozen American workers to train at its European sites for months at a time. The idea, says Orsted’s head of North America operations Mikkel Maehlisen, is to create an elite group of workers who can in turn train more Americans as the company’s U.S. projects—like a planned 700–megawatt wind farm off Rhode Island—get under way.

Despite this flurry of training investment, some U.S. labor leaders worry that as the country decarbonizes, an expansion of offshore wind won’t provide as many jobs as its proponents hope, especially compared with the expected loss of labor-intensive fossil-fuel power-plant projects. David Langlais, business manager of Ironworkers Local 37 in Rhode Island, is particularly concerned about the fact that many offshore-wind–related jobs come from manufacturing turbine components—an industry based largely in Europe—rather than erecting and maintaining such equipment offshore. “There’ll be a tremendous amount of hours that the American workforce will lose out on,” he says.

Langlais wants offshore–wind manufacturers like GE, which is supplying turbines to the Vineyard Wind project and makes many of its components in France, to produce turbines and similar gear domestically—a goal offshore-wind developers say they support. Orsted, for instance, has tapped Local 37 iron-workers to help erect a huge steel structure at the port in Providence, R.I., to be used to manufacture bases for the company’s offshore turbines. And despite his reservations about offshore wind, Langlais says his union is committed to the green-energy transition.

“I’m not a scientist, but clearly we’re getting more hurricanes, we’re getting worse storms, it’s getting warmer,” Langlais says. “There’s obviously something to this climate change, and it has to do with carbon emissions. So we have to do the right thing.”

Back on Martha’s Vineyard, Miles Brucculeri, 44, is studying hard despite his doubts about future employment. He’s worked as a surfing instructor for the past two decades but isn’t sure how much longer he’ll be able to swim the five daily miles such work requires, and he’s been frustrated by a lack of local work opportunities with health benefits during the long off-season. “You’re either serving rich people in this kind of fake, rich-people economy, or there’s not much out here,” he says. At the moment, Brucculeri is 11 months into Bristol Community College’s two-year offshore-wind education course. By the time he finishes, Vineyard Wind’s offshore turbines will still be at least six months from producing power. Even after they go online, there’s no guarantee he’ll be hired as a technician. But in order for offshore wind to take off in the U.S. as it has elsewhere in the world, more people like him will have to take the plunge. “The opportunity came up, so I took it,” Brucculeri says. “I don’t know where it’s gonna lead.”

 

Open House offers ways to explore life as a future Buccaneer

WHEN: Saturday November 20, 2021; 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WHAT: Join us in discovering MMA, a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university, and a leader in the maritime industry for more than 100 years. This year’s Open House will offer in-person campus tours of MMA, including a tour of the training vessel T.S. Kennedy. Visitors will have the opportunity to take part in MMA’s Resources Fair where they can learn more about Student Life, Career Services, Student Government, Academic Resources, Athletics and Academic Programs and Majors. Cadets, faculty, and staff will be on site to talk about student life and the MMA experience.

WHO: High school students grades 9-12, transfer students, and veterans interested in pursuing a career in the maritime industry on land or sea.

WHERE: Located at MMA’s Cape Cod waterfront campus.
Check in at: Clean Harbors Athletic Center
101 Academy Drive
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

WHY: MMA’s Open House provides a great opportunity for future students to visit our campus, speak with faculty and staff, tour our scenic Cape Cod facilities, and, most importantly, meet our cadets. Discover more about the admissions process, learn more about MMA’s majors and the possibilities for someone passionate about their love of the ocean, a concern for the environment, an interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure.

Visitors will need to register for the Open House at:  
https://www.maritime.edu/undergraduate-admissions/connect

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy Visitor Policy requires that all visitors be fully vaccinated and be prepared to show proof of vaccination on arrival.

For More Information: 
Office of Admissions
Admissions@maritime.edu
1-800-544-3411

cadet studying chart

BUZZARDS BAY, BOSTON, MA, ISSUED NOVEMBER 8, 2021…Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA; www.maritime.edu), a top-ranked university with seven undergraduate degree programs focusing on science, engineering, technology, math, and business that blend academics and experiential learning, recently attended American Clean Power’s Offshore WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition, held in Boston last month.

The American Clean Power Association enables the transformation of the U.S. power grid to a low-cost, reliable and renewable power system.  By uniting the power of wind, solar, transmission and storage companies and their allied industries, both public and private, ACP is championing policies that enable the continued and aggressive growth in renewable energy in the United States.

The recent conference discussed the significance of offshore wind for America’s energy needs, as well as highlighted the role the industry can play in strengthening the economy and creating jobs as well.  The event has cultivated a dedicated and thriving global community of top developers and experts.

“This year’s Offshore WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition did not disappoint,” said Capt. Michael R. Burns, Jr., executive director of the Maritime Center for Responsible Energy at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  “The event proved incredibly informative and thought-provoking, and allowed us to return to the Academy with new knowledge for our students as well as valuable connections as we prepare our students for their next steps in this field.”

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA)

MMA is the nation's leader in GWO training, continues to provide innovative insight in maritime responsibly energy initiatives, and is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. U.S. News & World Report ranked Massachusetts Maritime Academy #4 for Top Public Regional College – North, #5 for Best Regional College – North, #6 for Best Value Regional College – North, and #33 for Best Undergraduate Engineering Program (no doctorate) in their 2022 rankings.

For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. Follow MMA on FB: @massmaritime; IG: @massmaritime; Twitter: @MMAadmissions; YouTube: Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Photo (left to right):  Derek Lambaise of Pembroke, George Morant of Holliston, Logan King of Mattapoisett, Adam Veloso of Dartmouth, and Nathan McDermott of Middleboro.

Conference Windpower

Open House offers ways to explore life as a future Buccaneer

WHEN:  Saturday November 6, 2021; 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WHAT: Join us in discovering MMA, a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university, and a leader in the maritime industry for more than 100 years. This year’s Open House will offer in-person campus tours of MMA, including a tour of the training vessel T.S. Kennedy. Visitors will have the opportunity to take part in MMA’s Resources Fair where they can learn more about Student Life, Career Services, Student Government, Academic Resources, Athletics and Academic Programs and Majors. Cadets, faculty, and staff will be on site to talk about student life and the MMA experience.

WHO: High school students grades 9-12, transfer students, and veterans interested in pursuing a career in the maritime industry on land or sea.

WHERE: Located at MMA’s Cape Cod waterfront campus.
Check in at: Clean Harbors Athletic Center
101 Academy Drive Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

WHY: MMA’s Open House provides a great opportunity for future students to visit our campus, speak with faculty and staff, tour our scenic Cape Cod facilities, and, most importantly, meet our cadets. Discover more about the admissions process, learn more about MMA’s majors and the possibilities for someone passionate about their love of the ocean, a concern for the environment, an interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure.

Visitors will need to register for the Open House at:  
https://www.maritime.edu/undergraduate-admissions/connect

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy Visitor Policy requires that all visitors be fully vaccinated and be prepared to show proof of vaccination on arrival.

For More Information: 
Office of Admissions
Admissions@maritime.edu
1-800-544-3411

Cadet in class taking notes

Biotech/life sciences new trend in MMA employment opportunities 

BUZZARDS BAY, MA, ISSUED OCTOBER 25, 2021.  Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA; www.maritime.edu), a top-ranked university with seven undergraduate degree programs focusing on science, engineering, technology, math, and business that blend academics and experiential learning, hosted an in-person career fair on campus on Thursday, September 30.  

Massachusetts Maritime Academy had more than 120 businesses and organizations present.  In addition to the mainstay industries typically present at previous MMA career fairs, this year’s event featured many organizations focused on the biotech and life sciences industries.  Participating organizations included 42 North Solutions, LLC, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Marine Biological Laboratory, Organogenesis, Inc., and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd., among others.

Academy alumni are also taking prominent roles in the fields of biotech and life sciences.  Robert Coughlin, MMA class of 1991, is the immediate past president and CEO of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, and Rob DeCoste (B.S. 2003, M.S. 2008), and Dan Ramsey (B.S. 2005, M.S. 2008), serve as principals of 42 North Solutions, one of New England’s leading life-science service providers. 

“The biotech industry is a hidden gem for us in terms of workforce development and training, even though people don’t generally connect that field with the Academy,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, president of Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “We do, however, have a large presence in the biotech and life sciences fields, and while it is scientists who perform the research, it is the engineers, health and safety specialists, and emergency preparedness workers who support the industry.  Without them, it could not exist.

“Given this, we’re so glad to see this expansion of opportunities for our students and alumni, and look forward to building more workforce relationships like these in the future,” Rear Admiral McDonald added. 

Massachusetts Maritime Academy hosts a Career Fair on campus each fall and spring.  With an average of 120 organizations in attendance, it is an excellent opportunity for students to discover career paths and opportunities, learn about employers that hire our students and graduates, and become educated about the many different industries in which MMA alumni work.  

The Spring Career Fair is scheduled to take place on Thursday, April 7, 2022. 

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA)

MMA is the nation's leader in GWO training, continues to provide innovative insight in maritime responsibly energy initiatives, and is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. U.S. News & World Report ranked Massachusetts Maritime Academy #4 for Top Public Regional College – North, #5 for Best Regional College – North, #6 for Best Value Regional College – North, and #33 for Best Undergraduate Engineering Program (no doctorate) in their 2022 rankings. 

For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. Follow MMA on FB: @massmaritime; IG: @massmaritime; Twitter: @MMAadmissions; YouTube: Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Career Fair

Academy places in four categories on U.S. News & World Report annual survey

BUZZARDS BAY, MA – Oct. 12, 2021 – College rankings are vital benchmarks for educational institutions as well as for students and families who are making difficult decisions regarding their educational future. The Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) continues to uphold its standard of excellence in the region along with its reputation for value. 

In U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2022 assessment, MMA placed fourth on the list of Top Public Schools in the North region and fifth overall for Regional Colleges North. Advancing from last year’s 43rd position, MMA now ranks 38th on the survey’s Top Performers on the Social Mobility North list. In addition, MMA ranked 33rd overall in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (at schools where doctorate is not offered). With seven undergraduate degree programs focusing on science, engineering, technology, math, and business, MMA’s unique blend of academics and experiential learning allows graduates the versatility and skill set critical for flourishing careers.

“This data confirms that we’re providing students with an excellent education along with skills highly sought after by employers,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, President of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

MMA also received high marks in the 2022 NICHE Best Colleges Rankings. Earning the number four spot in Top Public Universities in Massachusetts, MMA also obtained “A Plus” grades in the areas of Value and Safety.

In addition, the Academy was selected as a 2022 Hidden Gem in New England by College Raptor. Located on the west end of the Cape Cod Canal, the more than 55-acre oceanfront MMA campus offers students the opportunity to learn on land as well as at sea.

“We’re striving to develop top programs so our graduates are prepared for today’s evolving world,” McDonald said. “It’s an honor to see our cadets learn and mature during their time at the Academy then enter the workforce prepared with the knowledge and leadership skills they need to be successful immediately and for many years to come.”  

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. Follow MMA on FB: @massmaritime; IG: @massmaritime; Twitter: @MMAadmissions; YouTube: Massachusetts Maritime Academy 

cadets with lobsters

cadets in engine room

BUZZARDS BAY, MA, ISSUED SEPTEMBER 29, 2021. Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA;  www.maritime.edu), a top-ranked university with seven undergraduate degree programs focusing on science, engineering, technology, math, and business that blend academics and experiential learning, recently hosted an installment of the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center’s Ed Fouhy Distinguished Speaker Series.

The September 9th presentation, “A Survivor’s Story,” featured Eugene Kelly, one of the three survivors of the SS Marine Electric, a bulk carrier ship that sank on February 12, 1983, off the coast of Virginia, enroute to Somerset, Massachusetts. The tragedy resulted in several of the most important maritime reforms in the second half of the 20th century.

The Ed Fouhy Distinguished Speaker Series is a limited schedule of special presentations designed to promote knowledge and understanding of history and world events, with a special focus on the science and development of communications technology and its profound effect on our lives. It is named after the communications specialist who brought the world and its stories to the American public.

“‘A Survivor’s Story:  The Sinking of the SS Marine Electric’ is a compelling personal story and a cautionary tale that led to important changes in safety standards at sea,” said Carolyn Cragin, president, board of directors of the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center.  “We thank Massachusetts Maritime Academy for hosting the in-person portion of this special event, and we look forward to collaborating on other programs and opportunities to bring important information and memorable stories to the MMA and Chatham Marconi communities.”

“It was our pleasure to host this important presentation by one of the sole survivors of the SS Marine Electric – and distinguished alumnus of MMA,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, president of Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “The Chatham Marconi Maritime Center and its outstanding Ed Fouhy Distinguished Speaker Series explores significant and thought-provoking topics from which we all can learn.” 

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA)

MMA is the nation's leader in GWO training, continues to provide innovative insight in maritime responsibly energy initiatives, and is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. U.S. News & World Report ranked Massachusetts Maritime Academy #4 for Top Public Regional College – North, #5 for Best Regional College – North, #6 for Best Value Regional College – North, and #33 for Best Undergraduate Engineering Program (no doctorate) in their 2022 rankings.

For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. Follow MMA on FB: @massmaritime; IG: @massmaritime; Twitter: @MMAadmissions; YouTube: Massachusetts Maritime Academy

About Chatham Marconi Maritime Center

Founded in 2002, the Center is a 501(c)(3) organization. Its mission is executed through operation of the Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum and the advancement of youth STEM Education in communications science. The Chatham Marconi Maritime Center celebrates the rich history of 20th Century maritime radio and explores the innovative advances in science and technology that continue to transform our lives.

Photo (left to right):  Junior Cadet Maddock, Junior Cadet Latta, Eugene Kelly, Junior Cadet Wolfe, and Junior Cadet Lennox.

Gene Kelly

MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME ACADEMY TO HOLD SEMI-ANNUAL CAREER FAIR 

Fair returns to in-person event - maintaining our focus on job placement of graduates

BUZZARDS BAY, MA – Sept. 27, 2021– On Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) will host its Fall 2021 Career Fair. The semi-annual event will attract more than 120 employers to the Buzzards Bay campus to meet with students and alumni, showcase their organizations and hold conversations. 

Held at the Clean Harbors Athletic Center on the Academy’s campus beginning at 4 p.m., seniors looking for employment following graduation in the spring can connect with employers. In addition to full-time positions, cadets pursuing Cooperative-Education and Commercial Shipping Program placements also can meet organizations that have openings for the upcoming year. MMA’s most recent data (collected from graduates over the past three years) reveals that 21 percent of seniors received job offers from a connection they made at a Career Fair. 

The Fall 2021 Career Fair will feature a robust list of companies and organizations visiting MMA. Representatives from the private and public sectors, including shipping companies, cruise lines, transportation companies, engineering firms, technology companies, renewable energy companies, shipping unions, graduate schools, and branches of the military, will be on hand to provide information, answer questions, accept resumes, and arrange interviews with cadets.

As the students anticipate their future, this is a valuable opportunity to connect with a diverse range of industries and companies. “While our virtual career fairs were successful last year, both students and employers missed the energy that the in-person fairs created,” said Maryanne Richards, Director of Career and Professional Services at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. 

Richards continued, “We are happy to be back in person this year and look forward to welcoming back companies with whom we have long-standing partnerships as well as many new employers.” 

This year, a number of Offshore Wind (OSW) companies will be participating in the Career Fair. As a frontrunner in the region for OSW training, employers in this emerging field are looking forward to meeting with MMA cadets. 

Coinciding with this Fall’s Career Fair, MMA will be hosting its annual Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. Richards added, “Many alumni return to campus as employers which is exciting. They like to hire MMA grads and are also eager to give advice to students about careers.”

With a 96 percent job placement rate within their field of study, MMA cadets are well respected by prospective employers and consistently score high in the areas of professionalism and leadership in the Career Fair Employer Surveys. “Employers realize our cadets are ready for the workforce when they graduate from MMA,” said Richards. 

In accordance with the current COVID-19 protocols, all campus visitors must be fully vaccinated and be prepared to show proof of vaccination. Any participants experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must refrain from attending unless they can provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their arrival on campus. 

For more information on MMA’s virtual career fair, contact careerservices@maritime.edu or call 508-830-6410.

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. Follow MMA on FB: @massmaritime; IG: @massmaritime; Twitter: @MMAadmissions; YouTube: Massachusetts Maritime Academy 

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Link to original article by Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program

In 2015, the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program (NEP), in partnership with the Buzzards Bay Action Committee, and five Buzzards Bay municipalities (the Towns of Dartmouth, Acushnet, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett and Wareham), established the Buzzards Bay Stormwater Collaborative. The goal of the Collaborative was to help municipalities manage stormwater pollution, primarily by mapping stormwater networks and monitoring stormwater discharges. These are among the most difficult, time consuming, and costly tasks towns face in their stormwater management programs.

In the fall of 2018, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA), a Massachusetts state college, joined the effort by establishing a program for their students to participate. Three more towns joined the Collaborative as well (the Towns of Bourne, Marion, and Westport). Through the college’s Co-op program, students in the Marine Science, Safety and Environmental Protection Department work for the program and earn required course credits for their degree.

This past summer, now in its third year at the college, five new Stormwater Collaborative students joined the program. Some of these students will continue in subsequent semesters, or new students will join in the fall and spring sessions. Co-op students in the Stormwater Collaborative are taught a variety of skills including the use of GPS equipment, geographic information system software, laboratory testing of water samples, use of field monitoring test equipment, and learning how to collect samples from stormwater networks, and inspect stormwater networks with remote cameras. The photos below illustrate some activities and tasks undertaken by the students. All photos credited to Maura Flaherty, MMA.

In 2019, MMA received a grant from Massachusetts DEP to outfit a trailer with equipment and supplies to undertake field investigations. The NEP guided the design and selection of equipment in the trailer.
Students, under the guidance of municipal and program staff learn how to safely access stormwater networks to inspect them and collect water samples for testing. Left: loosening a catchbasin with a sledge. Middle: removing a manhole cover with a magnetic lift. Right: winching a fallen catchbasin cover.
The students may use a smoke machine to determine network connectivity or to locate an obscured outfall pipe.
After access is achieved, a hand operated clam shovel (left) may be used to clear debris from the catchbasin to observe pipe connections or to collect water samples from connected pipes. A water jet (middle) may be used to clear connecting pipes. Water samples are collected during dry weather and wet weather flows.
While the stormwater system is accessible, the students conduct inspections and may deploy a video camera.
Students also collect samples from pipe discharges, some of which are difficult to access.
Training also includes learning to conduct water quality tests using field meters (middle) and benchtop kits (right). The students also bring samples to certified laboratories for analysis of contaminants, such as bacteria.
The program also trains students on the use of field survey and GPS equipment, and the students record numerous field observations.
The students are trained on basic ArcGIS software skills, like data entry and georeferencing engineering plans, to produce maps they can use in their field work.
Through the Stormwater Collaborative, participating Massachusetts Maritime Academy students are learning many skills that they can use in their careers.

BUZZARDS BAY and PLYMOUTH, MA, ISSUED SEPTEMBER 14, 2021…Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA; www.maritime.edu), a top-ranked university with seven undergraduate degree programs focusing on science, engineering, technology, math, and business that blend academics and experiential learning, proudly announces that Director of Advancement Michelle Badger has been selected as a 2021 “40 Under 40” award winner by Cape & Plymouth Business.

The awards spotlight the region’s top young business leaders who excel in their industry and show dynamic leadership. This program, now in its 12th year, honors distinguished businesspeople under the age of 40 who have made a mark in the region at an extraordinarily young age.

A long-time and civically active resident of Plymouth, Badger has been with Massachusetts Maritime Academy for nine years, but has been working in the fundraising field since she graduated college.  At the Academy, she has established the first-ever cadet philanthropy program and the highly successful Giving Days at the Academy.

Badger is also an active member of the Plymouth community.  She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Plymouth School Committee, of which she has been a member since 2011, and additionally currently volunteers with the Plymouth Fragment Society (board member), DreamRide Plymouth LLC (board member), Pilgrim Area Collaborative, and Plymouth No Place for Hate Committee.  She is an alumna of Sweet Briar College, and also serves as their class agent and class co-president, Boston Area Alumnae Club Chair, and Class Leadership 2000s Decade Co-Chair.  

More than 150 nominations for the “40 Under 40” awards were received this year according to Cape & Plymouth Business Media Publisher and CEO Dale Shadbegian, adding, “The 2021 class best exemplifies an entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to community service and potential to positively contribute to the future of the region.”

All “40 Under 40” honorees will be celebrated at a special event Thursday, September 30, at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis.

“Michelle is a proven leader through her work in her community and within the Massachusetts Maritime Academy campus,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  “We are very proud of her recognition as one of Cape & Plymouth Business’s ’40 Under 40.’  It is well deserved.”

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA)

MMA is the nation's leader in GWO training, continues to provide innovative insight in maritime responsibly energy initiatives, and is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond.  U.S. News & World Report ranked Massachusetts Maritime Academy #4 for Top Public Regional College – North, #5 for Best Regional College – North, #6 for Best Value Regional College – North, and #33 for Best Undergraduate Engineering Program (no doctorate) in their 2022 rankings.

For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. Follow MMA on FB: @massmaritime; IG: @massmaritime; Twitter: @MMAadmissions; YouTube: Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Michelle Badger

 

BOURNE — On Thursday, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Undersecretary of Community Development Ashley Stolba were joined by Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, Massachusetts Maritime Academy President, Alan McKimm, CEO of Clean Harbors, and other state and local officials for a ribbon cutting ceremony for Clean Harbors’ new Emergency Operations Training Center, located on the campus of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
 
The Training Center was funded through a $1 million grant award from the Seaport Economic Council in February 2019, $1 million from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, and a $1 million contribution to the Academy’s need-based scholarship endowment from Clean Harbors.  The center is a three-room facility built to conduct training and educational exercises with the ability to simulate a wide variety of public safety, public health, and disaster scenarios, with a focus on coastal environments.

“Training for incidents and disasters especially in coastal communities is particularly important in Massachusetts where our unique maritime assets are fundamental components of our economy," said Governor Charlie Baker.  “Thanks to the partnership through the Seaport Economic Council, Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Clean Harbors, we can start training the next generation of emergency response teams using state-of-the-art equipment immediately.”
 
“The Clean Harbors Emergency Operations Training Center will be a tremendous asset to both MMA’s undergraduate and graduate level emergency management training, as well as coastal communities by allowing them to test their disaster plans and strategies, identify vulnerabilities, and work to minimize the impacts of long-term damage,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Chair of the Seaport Economic Council. “The importance of planning cannot be overstated, and this training facility comes with the tools and sophistication to take emergency management to the next level.” 
 
The new facility integrates both legacy and emergent technologies, including cloud-based, social media-based, and crowdsourcing-based applications to simulate command and control in a realistic environment. 
 
The Training Center will serve a variety of purposes which include training Mass. Maritime Academy’s undergraduate and graduate emergency management students, as well as coastal communities in the development of disaster planning and response as well as recovery efforts.
 
In addition to response training, the Center will allow planners and first responders from coastal cities and towns to identify local vulnerabilities and develop mitigation and planning strategies to reduce impacts in the event of an incident, and allow community leaders to share best practices. 
 
“In addition to serving Mass. Maritime’s cadets, this new training center will be a major benefit to both residents and businesses by helping them improve upon or develop new strategies to protect against or mitigate the impacts of man-made and natural disasters,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy.  “While the Commonwealth’s coast is home to numerous legacy industries, this facility, and the training and planning it provides, will strengthen our protections for those sectors and signal to new ones that we value our coastal and maritime assets and the potential they have to offer.” 
 
“This new facility comes with critical applications that directly extend to how coastal communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from, man-made and natural events,” said Undersecretary of Community Development Ashley Stolba, Vice Chair of the Seaport Economic Council.  “With this training center, we can incorporate new thinking into how we position our communities – especially our downtowns and main streets – to recover faster from incidents and continue to grow and thrive well into the future.”

“We are pleased to celebrate the opening of the Clean Harbors Emergency Operations Training Center, which was made possible by a $1 million grant from the Seaport Economic Council and a significant donation supporting cadet scholarships from Clean Harbors,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, President of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “Hands-on learning is an important element of our curriculum. The ability to experience real-world emergency situations and simulations while responding using the latest technologies is so important. The work we’ve done with local municipalities, FEMA and MEMA in running simulations and response activities is truly preparing our cadets for what they will face in their careers after graduation.”

“We are excited to support the opening of the Clean Harbors Emergency Operations Training Center (EOTC),” said Alan S. McKim, Chairman and CEO of Clean Harbors Inc. “Our company has enjoyed a 30-year relationship with Mass Maritime and are proud to be associated with the school. Many of our employees, including some of our executive leaders, got their start as cadets at the Academy. The school does a terrific job of fostering a practical, hands-on approach to education. The new EOTC will only further that legacy and strengthen our partnership with Mass Maritime in the years ahead.”
 
“This money is critical to coastal communities in my district. By investing in maritime education we are contributing to the vitality of the blue economy and contributing to a cleaner environment,” said Senator Susan Moran.  “The Clean Harbors Emergency Operations Training Center allows students to develop skills in a realistic environment by integrating modern day technologies. This center will also be used as the Massachusetts Maritime Academy's Emergency Operations Center.” 
 
"The new Clean Harbor's Emergency Operations Training Center at Mass Maritime Academy will provide a unique training environment at the Commonwealth's Leadership University to further prepare cadets to take critical leadership and management roles during difficult disaster and emergency incidents,” said Representative David T. Vieira.  “My sincere thanks to the Baker-Polito administration for making this training center a reality, and to Admiral McDonald and his leadership team for their continued commitment to excellence in Leadership, Emergency Management, and Maritime education.”

Clean Harbors Ribbon Cutting

Cadets gearing up for a year of giving back and helping others

BUZZARDS BAY, MA – Sept. 7, 2021 – As cadets return to campus for classes, the Regiment, athletics, extracurricular activities, and time with old and new friends, they have another opportunity awaiting them – the chance to serve their community. Service is required of every cadet at Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA), but many students embrace the opportunity to give back well beyond their service requirements.

All cadets are expected to participate in Community Service regardless of year, rank, or seniority. Simply put: if you are not willing to serve, you are not willing to lead. Students can acquire service hours through programs on campus such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, by participating in events in the community like the Town of Bourne trash cleanup, or by volunteering in their hometowns. 

“Service is an important part of our culture,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, President of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “We believe in experiential learning and volunteering in the community provides a wonderful way for our cadets to learn about the world around them and how they can make a difference. It’s also a great way to develop leadership and teamwork skills and acquire empathy.”

MMA’s culture of service is so strong that every year a Regimental Community Service Operations Officer is appointed to lead the service efforts for the Academy. This year’s officer is 1/C Alec Goldenberg, a senior from Douglas, MA, who is studying Energy Systems Engineering with a minor in Facilities Engineering. In addition to his Community Service role, he is a rate of the Energy Systems program where he will be aiding the department where his major will lead, captain of MMA’s Track & Field Team, and Vice President of MMS’s Student Athletic Advisory Council.

“I’ve always been inspired to make a difference in the world, and I’ve been able to experience elements of that at MMA,” Goldenberg said. Starting as a freshman, he participated in events in his hometown and helped coach the Douglas High School track team. When COVID hit, he spent time running and noticed immense amounts of trash on his small street in Douglas, so he set out to clean it up. “For a week straight, I spent hours collecting trash on my little road. It seemed that I hardly made a dent, but I was hooked.”

When Goldenberg returned to campus last year, he got involved in all the events he could and worked as a Volunteer Coordinating Assistant. “I got to experience organizing events and it felt great to have an impact,” he said.

The 2021-2022 academic year is off to a strong start under Goldenberg’s leadership. MMA cadets can participate in six service events scheduled in September alone; with more being added as the semester is kicking off:

  • Plymouth Maritime 400 Salute (Sept. 4-5): The event honors the rich Maritime history of the country. Cadets assisted with event set up, onboarding visitors onto ships for tours, traffic control, event break down, and other activities.

  • Heroes Run (Sept. 11): MMA will be holding its first 9/11 Heroes Run to honor the nation’s heroes. The 5k ruck, run or walk will be held on campus and benefit the Travis Manion Foundation, a nonprofit focused on mentoring youth, aiding communities, and honoring veterans. Currently, 129 individuals are registered for the event with more expected to participate.

  • ALS Cliff Walk (Sept. 12): Cadets will assist at this event that supports amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's disease through setup, breakdown, and other activities. The event is held at Buzzards Bay Park starting at 10 a.m. 

  • American Lung Association Annual Bike Ride (Sept. 25-26). Cadets will be assisting in the setup and running of the event. The annual event is held in Sandwich. 

  • StriperFest (Sept. 25) The biggest fishing party in the Northeast held at Marine Park, Falmouth, MA. Cadets will help fishermen of all experiences learn about boater safety, awareness of overfishing hazards, rules of the road, and other crucial knowledge for fisherman. 

  • Pumpkin Patch at Bourne Methodist Church (Sept. 26). Cadets will be assisting with the unloading of pumpkins at this annual event that helps the community with the sale of their pumpkins. 

“Many of the organizations we’re partnering with have long-standing relationships with the Academy, but we’re always looking for new organizations so we provide a variety of opportunities that will appeal to all the cadets,” Goldenberg said. Some people love to be out picking up garbage while others prefer to serve food to the homeless, mentor younger students or coach an athletic team. According to Goldenberg, “What’s important is that everyone has the opportunity to get out in the world and contribute their time and talents.”

And the organizations are pleased with the support. “I can say that all the organizations we’ve worked with have been happy that the cadets were there to assist,” Goldenberg said. “These service opportunities enrich so many lives; whether you view it from the aspect of aiding the community or from how the cadets’ lives are impacted through service. Civic engagement is critical in all of our lives; to make this world a better place we all play our part.”

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is the nation's leader in GWO training, continues to provide innovative insight in maritime responsibly energy initiatives, and is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. Follow MMA on FB: @massmaritime; IG: @massmaritime; Twitter: @MMAadmissions; YouTube: Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Senior Cadet Alec Goldenberg with Senator Markey

MMA Cadet volunteers

 

Crowley Maritime Corporation and Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) will create a first-of-its-kind training and workforce development program dedicated specifically to the New England region’s offshore wind energy industry.

The partnership, which was announced during the International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum (IPF) conference, will enable the strategic and continued growth of a qualified workforce in the U.S. offshore wind industry, including sea safety and survival instruction.

The program will be certified by the Global Wind Organisation (GWO), a non-profit that sets international standards for safety training.

The academy will coordinate with Relyon Nutec, the world’s largest provider of specialized instruction for energy and industrial sectors, to deliver the courses.

“Crowley and MMA are leaders in the maritime industry, and the joint program will help us build the next generation employee serving in the offshore wind industry,” said Jeff Andreini, vice president, Crowley New Energy. “This partnership will provide workers the skills and knowledge they need, and together we help create cleaner energy sources in the U.S.”

In addition, Crowley – a longtime supporter of the nation’s maritime academies – will continue to provide scholarships, internships and hands-on learning for MMA cadets, including those at sea and at the recently created Maritime Center for Responsible Energy (MCRE) on the academy’s campus in Buzzards Bay, Mass.

“Partnering with industry leaders is critical to our program at MMA. We’re especially proud to team up with Crowley to help prepare the workforce for opportunities in the offshore wind industry,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

“Training and internships will help our cadets gain expertise and experience, which will be critical as they pursue careers in this growing field.”

Going beyond training, the partnership also will direct resources to create outreach programs and workforce development for underrepresented population groups, specifically in Massachusetts Gateway Cities. Those communities are rebuilding urban centers with unrealized potential and past industrial bases.

Link to Crowley Press Release

Crowley

 

Crowley

Students are gaining experience and contributing to a growth industry

BUZZARDS BAY, MA – Aug. 23, 2021 – With the growth of the offshore wind industry in the Northeast Region, Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) is helping its students prepare for jobs of the future. All cadets have co-op requirements, and this summer three students are gaining experience in this new and growing industry as interns at Vineyard Wind, an offshore wind development company that will build the first commercial-scale offshore wind energy project in the United States, to be located 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.

“Experiential learning is part of our culture. Learning by doing is an important aspect of our curriculum at MMA,” said Sara Kazamias, Assistant Director of Career and Professional Services at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and alumna of the Class of 2010. “Offshore wind is a new and growing field that touches every major at the Academy. We are so pleased that three of our students are gaining hands-on experience with Vineyard Wind.”

Vineyard Wind is looking to expand its workforce amid the growing need for qualified candidates. The company looked to MMA for interns who have strong skills that can transfer to offshore wind.

“As we begin the installation phase of the nation’s first utility-scale offshore wind project, Vineyard Wind is excited to host James, Trevor and George this summer as part of our recently expanded internship program, which offers more opportunities to work alongside our engineering, construction, and marine safety managers,” said Jennifer Cullen, Workforce Development Manager at Vineyard Wind. “Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been a fantastic partner in readying students and alumni for the new career paths offered in this industry.”

Senior James Dignan is an Emergency Management and Homeland Security major from Amesbury, MA. He’s spending the summer as a Marine Operations Intern for Vineyard Wind helping to write emergency response plans for the construction and operational phases of the wind farm under development. The practical experience he gained in his emergency management classes at Massachusetts Maritime prepared him to take on this challenge. 

“Vineyard Wind is a company I have loved working for,” said Dignan. “They have given me opportunities to put what I've learned over my time at the Academy into practice by writing plans actually being used by the company.”

Senior Trevor Dunn, a Facilities Engineering major from Marshfield, MA, is an Export Cable Packing (ECP) Intern at Vineyard Wind. In this role, he’s working with the engineering team focused on export cables – the cables used to distribute power from offshore to onshore. 

“I’ve been attracted to the offshore wind industry since I was a freshman at MMA and knew the Academy was a perfect pathway for me to eventually work offshore,” Dunn said. “At Vineyard Wind, I’m gaining experience in routing issues, design, project scheduling, project permitting, regulations such as the Jones Act along with other engineering needs. It’s been a great opportunity and it’s helping me reach my goal of working in the offshore wind industry as a career.”

George Morant, a sophomore from Holliston, MA, is an Offshore Operations Intern working for the Construction Manager at Vineyard Wind primarily focused on establishing internal contractor protocols. As an International Maritime Business major, he is using skills he has acquired in the classroom. 

“The experience I have gained in classes focusing on vessel chartering and contract management, and international and maritime regulations has repeatedly been directly applicable in this role,” Morant said. “I have found my experience at Vineyard Wind to be extremely rewarding, and I am honored to be able to say I contributed to the first utility-scale offshore wind project in the United States. I plan to continue on the offshore wind path through the rest of my Mass Maritime experience and on into my career.”

Gaining work experience while pursuing an academic degree pays off. MMA has a job placement rate of 85 percent for its undergraduates.  

“Working closely with professionals in the offshore wind industry is a privilege,” said Kazamias. “We are so fortunate to have a relationship with Vineyard Wind. The company is a great partner to the work we’re doing at MMA, and the employees are excellent mentors and role models for our students.”  

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is the nation's leader in GWO training, continues to provide innovative insight in maritime responsibly energy initiatives, and is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. Follow MMA on FB: @massmaritime; IG: @massmaritime; Twitter: @MMAadmissions; YouTube: Massachusetts Maritime Academy 

MMA Wind Turbine

GWO Training

 

 

Pile Drivers and Divers take advantage of training in anticipation of jobs coming to the region

BUZZARDS BAY, MA – Aug. 19, 2021 – The Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) is helping prepare the workforce for clean energy opportunities that are coming to the region. The Academy is delivering key training for personnel who will build the windfarms that will power the Northeast region with clean energy.

In 2018, MMA received funding from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to build its GWO Training Center at the Academy’s Maritime Center for Responsible Energy (MCRE). The GWO Training Center consists of a waterfront Crew Transfer Training Facility (CTTF), a 25-foot Crew Transfer Training Vessel, and a Working at Heights training facility. At the end of 2019, MMA, in cooperation with RelyOn Nutec, began offering the globally recognized GWO Basic Safety Training (BST) at its Buzzards Bay campus, becoming the first facility in the nation to offer all five modules of GWO BST for Offshore Wind.   

“It’s a fact that the clean energy industry is growing, and we are taking steps to be involved in this unique opportunity,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, President of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “One of the most important ways we can contribute is by training the men and women who will be on the front lines of this emerging industry.”  

The GWO BST course, developed by RelyOn Nutec, an established leader in the offshore wind industry, consists of five modules: Working at Heights, First Aid, Fire Awareness, Manual Handling, and Sea Survival. The modules are taught by MMA instructors whose goal is to have participants gain an awareness of the hazards encountered when working in the wind industry and how to control and mitigate against those hazards. 

Currently, there are three windfarms in various stages of development that will be built in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 20 miles south of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. “The developers of these windfarms are all requiring that anyone working on these sites must complete Basic Safety Training,” said Jenni Lewis, MD RelyOn Nutec Gulf of Mexico (MX, USA and TT). “We found the perfect match cooperating with MMA. Our subject matter experts and instructors have a deep understanding of working in high-risk environments and have first-hand experience of the potential risks in the renewables industry. MMA has the experience to deliver this critical course, ensuring quality training to the people who will be out on open water building the wind turbines.” 

Members of Pile Drivers and Divers Local 56, the marine construction local of the North Atlantic States Carpenters Union, are taking advantage of the course. “This training is critical to our members,” said Dave Borrus, Business Manager of Pile Drivers & Divers Local 56. “The opportunity to work in the clean energy industry is great for our members but there are occupational risks, too. Safety must be at the forefront of each member’s mind, and this training is helping them understand and prepare for the hazards they may face.”  

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is sponsoring Local 56 members’ participation with a $100,000 Workforce Development Grant. The North Atlantic States Carpenters Training Fund (NASCTF) has co-sponsored  training with an addition $50,000. So far, 39 members have graduated from the course, including three at the instructor level, and an additional 24 individuals are scheduled to participate in October and November. 

Training consists of both classroom and practical exercises. Participants acquire knowledge and confidence by learning the practical skills they need through practice. Students learn the proper use of personal protective equipment, emergency equipment, and procedures with the end result being able to appropriately respond in the event of an emergency. 

According to Capt. Mike Burns, Executive Director of the Academy’s MCRE, “Every group that has gone through the training has been exceptional. The participants are highly skilled professionals who understand the importance of safety in this industry. It’s our honor to help them prepare for the next phase in their careers.” 

To learn more about Offshore Wind training at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, go here.  (https://www.maritime.edu/professional-training/offshore-wind-training)

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is the nation's leader in GWO training, continues to provide innovative insight in maritime responsibly energy initiatives, and is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. Follow MMA on FB: @massmaritime; IG: @massmaritime; Twitter: @MMAadmissions; YouTube: Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Working at height

Working at height

Offshore training platform

 

training platform

 

Capt. Michael R. Burns Jr. will lead the Academy’s work in renewable energy

BUZZARDS BAY, MA – Aug. 12, 2021 – The Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) is pleased to announce Capt. Michael R. Burns Jr. as the first Executive Director of the Academy’s Maritime Center for Responsible Energy (MCRE). In this new role, Capt. Burns will oversee the MCRE that was established in August 2021 to deliver training to the renewable energy industry, develop robust, collaborative relationships with renewable energy stakeholders, and coordinate all the Academy's renewable energy efforts. Capt. Burns will lead all aspects of the Center’s work, including developing and delivering offshore wind workforce training, raising awareness of the Academy's efforts in renewable energy, and managing MMA’s marine environmental initiatives.

“Capt. Burns brings knowledge and experience in the field of renewable energy to this extremely important role,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, President of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “We are extremely fortunate to have a leader and innovator at the Academy and are proud to promote one of our own to this position. I look forward to seeing the MCRE develop under his leadership.”  

The offshore wind industry will be a key focus for Capt. Burns in this role. The United States Department of Energy estimates 43,000 new jobs will be created in the offshore wind market by 2030, and a Massachusetts Clean Energy Center study estimates that over the next decade, offshore wind farms will create 2,000 - 3,000 jobs and generate economic impacts between $1-$2 billion in the region.

“This is such an exciting time,” said Capt. Burns. “Offshore wind is basically a new industry in the U.S. and it’s creating so many opportunities for our cadets and alumni as well as the entire region.”

Prior to his appointment to Executive Director of the MCRE, Capt. Burns was the Director of MMA’s Center for Maritime and Professional Training. In that role he was responsible for the day-to-day administration and operation of MMA’s professional training division, which provides a variety of non-credit, professional development courses to approximately 700 students per year. During his tenure, he developed a comprehensive safety training program for the offshore wind industry.

“MMA has been training people to work at sea for 130 years,” Capt. Burns said. “We’re excited to apply our experience to the offshore wind industry as it develops in the U.S. and to support the Commonwealth’s commitment to renewable energy.”

Living in Plymouth, MA, with his family, Capt. Burns holds two degrees from Massachusetts Maritime Academy. In 1992 he received a Bachelor of Science degree in marine transportation and in 2018 he earned a Master of Science degree in emergency management. He holds a USCG Master's License of Unlimited Tonnage with over 14 years’ experience on government owned, contractor operated vessels. Capt. Burns is an officer in the USNR's Strategic Sealift Officer Force, an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute as well as a member and trustee of the Boston Marine Society.

As he takes on this role, Capt. Burns said, “I look forward to working with the Academy’s leaders, our growing number of industry partners, the cadets, and the entire MMA family to further establish the Academy as a leader in offshore renewable energy training. “

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is the nation's leader in GWO training, continues to provide innovative insight in maritime responsibly energy initiatives, and is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. Follow MMA on FB: @massmaritime; IG: @massmaritime; Twitter: @MMAadmissions; YouTube: Massachusetts Maritime Academy 

Michael Burns

 

BUZZARDS BAY, MA – July 28, 2021 - Massachusetts Maritime Academy, long known for producing skilled mariners, top energy engineers and, more recently, highly qualified offshore wind workers via its first-in-the-nation Global Wind Organisation (GWO) training center, has announced visionary plans to invest $50M in the university's renewable & responsible energy initiatives.

The bold effort will include the launch of the Academy's Maritime Center for Responsible Energy (MCRE); construction of a new $30M energy, engineering and science laboratory building; and the demolition and rebuild of the Academy's aging conference center to create a 36,000 square foot professional conference center & hotel.

"This investment codifies our ongoing work in support of renewable & responsible energy and, more importantly, signals our deep global commitment to our stewardship of the world's oceans for decades to come,” said Massachusetts Maritime Academy president, Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS. “This would not be possible without the continued support of our public officials and private donors who have always seen and understood the value that the Academy’s research and well-trained cadet workforce adds to a healthy economy.”

The MCRE will serve as the global hub for the Academy's ongoing work in offshore wind and other renewable energy initiatives including marine hydrokinetic, fuels cells and energy storage programs.  It will also anchor the Academy’s continuing consulting work in the maritime environmental space including greenhouse gas and decarbonization efforts.  

The new energy, engineering and science lab facility will house a renewable maker/design space, fully functioning aquaculture facility, offshore wind technical training lab and marine science labs. Design of the new laboratory building will begin this fall and the facility is expected to open in 2024.

Modeled similarly to the Cape Cod style homes found dotting the local shorelines, the new conference center will have multi-use conference and training spaces including a 180-seat function room and multiple smaller break-out spaces. The top floors will offer 35 Academy dorm rooms which can also be used for functions and conferences with a 70-bed total capacity. The center is anticipated to open in 2022.

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is the nation's leader in GWO training, continues to provide innovative insight in maritime responsibly energy initiatives, and is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. Follow MMA on FB: @massmaritime; IG: @massmaritime; Twitter: @MMAadmissions; YouTube: Massachusetts Maritime Academy 

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Beachmoor Proposed Rendering

Dr. Shannon M. Finning to replace Captain Edward Rozak who retired in June

BUZZARDS BAY, MA – July 7, 2021 – The Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) is pleased to announce Dr. Shannon M. Finning as the new Vice President of Student Services. Dr. Finning began her role with the Academy in June to allow time to work with Vice President of Student Services Commodore Edward Rozak, who retired after 22 years in the role. 

As Vice President of Student Services, Finning will be responsible for the strategic direction, leadership and management of units and functions that comprise the student services division, including the dean of students/commandant's office (housing, residential life, conduct, student government, and activities), athletics, health services (medical and mental health services), and public safety.

“We’re extremely fortunate to add Dr. Finning to the leadership team at the Academy,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, President of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “She brings a wealth of experience as a leader and passionate advocate for students. We look forward to working with her and learning from her.”  

Finning joins the MMA staff from UMass Dartmouth where she served as vice chancellor for student affairs since 2018. She served previously as vice president for student affairs at Springfield College, associate vice president for student affairs/dean of students at Clemson University, and dean of student affairs at Babson College. Finning also held positions in career services, student conduct, student activities, orientation programs, assessment and admissions at public and private institutions, including Drexel University (PA), Bryant University (RI) and Bridgewater State University (MA).

“I’m honored to be joining MMA and feel a personal alignment with the Academy’s mission, values and priorities,” said Finning. “I’m excited about the opportunity to partner with senior administrators, faculty, staff, student leaders and trustees to ensure cadets receive the highest quality student life experience through services that support their well-being, development, engagement and success and to collaborate with the student services team to envision and shape the next era of innovation and excellence for student services in alignment with the Academy's mission and strategic commitments.”

A native of Easton, MA, Finning entered the field of student affairs/student services more than 20 years ago inspired by the belief that she could make a difference in the lives of students, initially one student at a time, and then over the course of her career by impacting people, policies, procedures, and programs that positively impact the experiences, development, well-being and success of both individuals and communities.

“Simply put, students – their development, well-being, and success – are my why,” Finning said. “Every day I am grateful for the opportunity I have as a student services educator to witness significant life moments – love, loss, rewards, and repercussions – and am humbled by the duty I have to develop citizens of the world and the opportunity to impact one student and the larger community every day.”

Finning, her husband Michael, her son and two miniature English bulldogs reside in Mattapoisett and are all thrilled to join the MMA community.

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. Follow MMA on FB: @massmaritime; IG: @massmaritime; Twitter: @MMAadmissions; YouTube: Massachusetts Maritime Academy 

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412 Cadets graduating in person on June 26 

BUZZARDS BAY, MA – June 25, 2021 – The Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) will celebrate its 178th Commencement Exercises at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 26. All degree recipients, both undergraduate and graduate, will have their degrees conferred in a single ceremony that will be held at the Clean Harbors Football Stadium on MMA’s main campus.

“We are extremely proud of the class of 2021 for the strength, adaptability and tenacity they demonstrated over the last 16 months,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, President of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “We are graduating an exceptional group of young people who are ready to go out and make an impact on the world.”

MMA will confer 412 degrees, 364 undergraduate and 48 graduate, in this year’s ceremony. The Academy’s innovative approach to education combining professional industry experience into the academic curriculum averages an 85 percent graduation rate. MMA also maintains an 85 percent placement rate for its graduates. Members of this year’s graduating class are pursuing careers in emergency management, engineering, law enforcement, logistics, maritime management, nuclear energy, the offshore wind industry, and shipping. 

“Our cadets are well prepared to begin the next chapter in their lives,” McDonald said. “The education and hands-on skills they receive while living a regimented lifestyle at the Academy is proving to be a winning formula for success.”  

Graduation events will start on Friday evening, June 25, with the traditional Ring Ceremony. Members of the Class of 2021 will honor the tradition of dipping their class rings into the waters of the seven seas and joining the ranks of all Massachusetts Maritime Academy alumni. Following the Ring Ceremony, MMA will host the annual Sunset Reception for graduates, family members, alumni, and friends of the Academy inside MMA’s Pande Dining Hall.

Commencement exercises on Saturday will follow Massachusetts state requirements for a brief ceremony while allowing each graduating student the opportunity to be recognized and walk across the stage. This year’s co-valedictorians are Jacob Rogers of Dighton, MA, who will graduate from the International Maritime Business (IMBU) program, and Joseph Staples, of Plainfield, MA, who will graduate from the Emergency Management (EM) program.

“We’re very happy to be holding in-person commencement exercises where our graduates will be able to celebrate their achievements with family and friends,” said McDonald. “We will be following all local and state requirements to ensure a safe environment for all participants and guests.”

To ensure the health and safety of both vaccinated and unvaccinated guests, seating is limited; each graduate is allowed a maximum of six guests.  All graduates and guests will be required to register and obtain tickets in advance. Guests will only be admitted to the site with a ticket.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be postponed until Sunday, June 27th. 

The event will be live streamed at: https://eventcasting.us/mma/

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. Follow MMA on FB: @massmaritime; IG: @massmaritime; Twitter: @MMAadmissions; YouTube: Massachusetts Maritime Academy 

State supports new labs on MMA campus 

BUZZARDS BAY, MA – June 23, 2021 – Today, LT Governor Karyn Polito, Massachusetts Secretary Marylou Sudder (Sec. Health and Human Services), Massachusetts Secretary James Peyser (Sec. Education), State Senator Susan Moran, State Representative David Vieira, State Representative Steven Xiarhos, and cadet families joined Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, President of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA), on Taylor’s Point in Buzzards Bay, MA, to welcome back the Training Ship Kennedy and more than 400 cadets from sea.

The 540’ TS Kennedy departed the MMA campus on May 30 for the 26-day voyage on which cadets took part in training evolutions including anchor drills off the coast of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico; loading provisions off of Miami, FL; and navigating under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge through the East River of New York City and out Long Island Sound. 

“This is an absolute triumph. After more than a year of lock down, we’re happy that our cadets could take part in Sea Term in a safe environment,” said McDonald. “The hands-on experience our students gain in navigation, ship maintenance and repair, emergency drills, ship operations, and watchkeeping truly prepares them for careers as the next generation of mariners.”

Hosting Massachusetts elected officials on campus for the return of the Kennedy allowed Admiral McDonald to acknowledge the critical support MMA received this past year and will benefit from in the future.

The Academy was able to secure and administer 600 COVID vaccines for the ship’s cadets and crew that allowed cadets not only to acquire the required Coast Guard days at sea for training, but also return for an in-person Commencement on June 26th. “Receiving vaccines was critical to our ability to make Sea Term happen this year,” McDonald said. “We truly appreciate the work of Sec. Sudder and her staff to make this happen.”

On June 14, through the Baker-Polito FY22 Capital Plan, it was announced that MMA will receive $300,000 for new and renovated Science Labs on campus (total state bond investment of $16.7 million). “We’re excited and grateful to Gov. Baker and Lt. Gov. Polito for their support of our high-tech energy, engineering and science lab building that will include a focus on renewable and green energy as well as state of the art design “maker” space,” said McDonald. “This project leverages our longstanding workforce development success in high paying STEM fields and our unsurpassed career placement success.”

MMA is proud of its record of preparing students for careers on land and at sea. On June 26, more than 400 undergraduate and graduate students will receive their degrees from MMA. The Academy’s innovative approach to education that integrates professional industry experience into the academic curriculum averages an 85 percent graduation rate along with an equaled 85 percent placement rate.

“Preparing students for success after their time at MMA is our goal,” McDonald said. “Having the support of our local and state officials is critical. It’s an honor to have so many of our elected officials with us today to welcome back our cadets and see them ready to take on the future.”

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. Follow MMA on FB: @massmaritime; IG: @massmaritime; Twitter: @MMAadmissions; YouTube: Massachusetts Maritime Academy 

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Program creates friendships benefitting all participants
 

BUZZARDS BAY, MA – June 17, 2021 – Since 2014, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy has welcomed a very special group to the Academy’s community. For the past seven years, Littles, participants in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, have met with their Bigs, cadets who volunteer in the program, on a regular basis throughout the academic year. 

“Big Brothers Big Sisters is a mentoring program,” said Anne Sheehy, Assistant Manager of Program Services at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands. “Finding male mentors can be a challenge so we went to Mass Maritime with a very specific ask: Would the Academy be willing to host the program on campus and help us provide mentors? The school agreed and welcomed us with open arms.”

Through the on-campus program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands has consistently matched 40 Littles a year with a Big. Both male and female cadets have answered the call to be mentors, friends and role models. 

“Our Littles come from a variety of situations including traditional families, single parent families or families where the kids are being raised by grandparents,” Sheehy explained. “What each Little needs is consistent one-on-one time from an adult that they can trust and look up to.”
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Prior to the pandemic, Littles visited the Mass Maritime campus once a week. Time was spent in a group activity led by a Big Brother Big Sister staff member that focused on one of the six C’s: Caring, Confidence, Curiosity, Character, Competence (social and emotional) and Connections. Then the Littles and Bigs would spend time together talking, creating an art project, or playing in the game room and the gym. 

During the 2020-2021 academic year, the program went virtual to keep the Bigs and Littles connected throughout the COVID-19 shutdown. Participants met via Zoom and participated in a group activity followed by the opportunity to meet one-on-one in individual break out rooms. Although the time was spent online, Littles and Bigs were still able to create deep and lasting connections.

“Being connected to the Academy and the cadets provides a wonderful opportunity for our Littles. The cadets can truly show the kids what they can aspire to in their lives,” Sheehy said. “I really love this program. The cadets involved are special people. They create strong relationships and are true role models for academic success and for character, which is so important for our Littles.”

But the Littles aren’t the only ones benefiting from the program. “I think our cadets are the real the beneficiaries,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, President of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “By volunteering as Big Brothers and Big Sisters they are gaining communications, empathy, and problem-solving skills, and they’re having a great time in the process. The Littles are awesome, and we’re thrilled to have them as part of our community.” 

Recently, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands held a graduation ceremony for the cadets that will be leaving the program. The graduating seniors and one junior were honored for their time as Bigs and were able to share what the program meant to them.

“Over the last two years, I’ve seen my Little grow, and we’ve gained trust in each other,” said Sophia Blakely, a junior from Barnstable, MA. “It’s great that we can talk about so many different things and even share inside jokes.”

“It was great to see my Little grow over the years. I learned so much from her,” said Kaylee Conley, a graduating senior, from Boxborough, MA, who was a Big for four years. “My Little taught me that you

an ice cream stand, popcorn with our Little, or a game of kickball, the time we spend with one another is important and no matter how small or simple it may seem to you, it can make a big impact on someone else.”

“My favorite memory with my Little is all about basketball. At our first meeting, he couldn’t shoot a basketball at all. At our last in-person meeting, he was shooting like there was no tomorrow,” said Michael Stack, a graduating senior from Braintree, MA, who has participated in the program for four years. “I saw such a big change in my Little physically but more importantly in his confidence.”

According to Jaylon Todman, a graduating senior from New Bedford, MA, who spent four years as a Big, “Through my time in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, I learned that sometimes the problems you're experiencing yourself are so small and insignificant when compared to what may be on someone else’s plate. This experience taught me to have a different perspective on life and its many challenges. Enjoy the good and learn and grow from the bad.”

“I think I speak for all of us when I say thank you to Big Brothers Big Sisters for allowing us this opportunity,” said Ryan Gooding, a graduating senior from Nahant, MA. “I know my four years being able to hang out with my Little and work with Big Brothers Big Sisters was probably one of the best stress relivers I could have. Being able to create a lasting friendship with my Little has been awesome.”

The Big Brother Big Sister program will continue next year. “We hope to be back on campus but always prioritize the safety and well-being of our Bigs, Littles and their families when we make these decisions,” said Sheehy. “The beauty of COVID has been that we’ve all had to be thoughtful and intentional on how we’ve connected, and through that process we’ve learned a great deal.”

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. Follow MMA on FB: @massmaritime; IG: @massmaritime; Twitter: @MMAadmissions; YouTube: Massachusetts Maritime Academy

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Guests get up close look at today’s maritime training
 

BUZZARDS BAY, MA – June 9, 2021 – The Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) can officially claim a new title: Port of Call. American Cruise Lines (ACL) added a stop at the Academy to its new summer Cape Codder cruises. 

American’s small ship cruises are destination focused and the company is always researching and adding unique shore-side activities and explorations for its guests. With a number of new ships and itineraries added across the country, American has included stops at MMA for its newest New England itinerary. American’s 175-passenger small ship, American Constitution, has been operating the Cape Codder cruises this year where guests have had the opportunity to visit MMA.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the crew and passengers of the American Constitution to the Academy,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, President of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “We know what a special place this is and are happy to share our beautiful campus, our outstanding program, and our unique training facilities with people who have a love of the sea.”

During the two-hour excursion, American’s guests explored MMA’s impressive grounds through a private tour led by Academy Cadets and staff. Guests experienced MMA’s state-of-the-art, 360-degree full bridge simulator, viewed the Emergency Response Operations Training Center, and learned about the Academy's green technologies and niche maritime facilities. A unique part of the tour was hearing from guest speakers, Ed Moxon and Liz McCarte of the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center who presented the history of wireless communication related to the maritime industry.

“American Cruises are destination-focused, providing unique educational experiences for guests,” said Elizabeth Simmons, Vice President External Affairs, Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “On this new excursion to Massachusetts Maritime Academy, guests saw firsthand how today’s Cadets are educated and trained to pursue rewarding careers on land and sea. It has been great to welcome guests from across the country and showcase the next generation of maritime professionals. ” 

The American Constitution’s first visit to MMA took place on Wednesday June 2nd, and had one additional stop on June 9th. 

American has worked closely with MMA and is supportive of the American Maritime Industry. The company has a number of MMA grads working on board its ships or in operations and looks to continue to recruit graduates of the Academy.  

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. Follow MMA on FB: @massmaritime; IG: @massmaritime; Twitter: @MMAadmissions; YouTube: Massachusetts Maritime Academy 

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TS Kennedy to sail the Eastern Seaboard for 26 days

BUZZARDS BAY, MA – June 2, 2021 – Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) is pleased to announce that the TS Kennedy departed Sunday, May 30 for a 26-day Sea-Term due to return June 23, 2021, continuing a 130-year tradition. The trip will allow 406 MMA cadets, including 99 seniors, to accrue the sea days required to satisfy United States Coast Guard licensing requirements and will provide underclassmen with valuable experience on the water. The cadets who live aboard the TS Kennedy will learn through first-hand experience with engineering operations, navigation, docking, vessel safety, port operations along with many other tasks that are covered in the classroom.

“This is exciting news and I’m thrilled that our students have the opportunity to head out to sea this year,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, President of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “Sea-Term is a life-changing experience that our cadets value. Their time on the TS Kennedy truly puts their classroom learning into practice and emphasizes the leadership and life skills that every cadet needs to be successful.”

All health and safety protocols, which align with the requirements of State and Local Boards of Health, were followed prior to departure and will continue during Sea-Term.

Cadets who select majors in Marine Engineering and Marine Transportation must complete at least four Sea-Terms— or “semesters at sea” — that typically take place in January and February between academic terms. This year’s Sea-Term heads south off of Puerto Rico before returning north to Buzzards Bay.  To further ensure the safety of the cadets and staff, stops at ports will be limited to allow bringing aboard fresh provisions only. During their time while at sea, cadets rotate through class and laboratory training, ship operations, deck and engine watches, maintenance, and emergency drills. 

The Academy continues the Follow the Voyage – Share the Experience program connecting MMA students at sea with thousands of K-12 students throughout Massachusetts, the U.S. and beyond. Follow the Voyage – Share the Experience, which has been in place for several decades, is now led by retired MA elementary school teacher Nancy Franks. The program has been tailored to align with the MA State CORE curriculum. Follow the Voyage – Share the Experience provides STEM-based learning opportunities and introduces students to potential careers in Marine Engineering, Marine Transportation and Facilities Management.

MMA cadets have been sailing, or acquiring days at sea, every year since 1891. The last Sea-Term took place in January and February 2020 when the TS Kennedy sailed through the Panama Canal just before the world was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. Follow MMA on FB: @massmaritime; IG: @massmaritime; Twitter: @MMAadmissions; YouTube: Massachusetts Maritime Academy 

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AMERICA’S MARITIME WORKFORCE: CONNECTING THE NATION AND THE WORLD

 

American Maritime Centers of Excellence LogoBUZZARDS BAY, MA – May 21, 2021 The federally designated American Maritime Centers of Excellence proudly recognizes National Maritime Day, May 22, 2021, a day in which celebrations are held throughout the country to honor the maritime industry – an anchor in the global transportation of goods and services.

This year’s theme, America’s Maritime Workforce: Connecting the Nation and the World, is fitting as the American Maritime Centers of Excellence collectively provide a quality education and train thousands of students to serve as world-class mariners, engineers, supply chain managers, logistic professionals, scientists, and public servants. Young men and women who graduate from any of the six maritime academies – California State University Maritime Academy, Maine Maritime Academy, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Great Lakes Maritime Academy, SUNY Maritime College, and Texas A&M Maritime Academy – become dynamic leaders for the global marine transportation industry and contribute to the economic and national security of the U.S. They also serve as officers in the nation’s intermodal transportation system, U.S. merchant marine, and U.S. Armed Forces.   

The American Maritime Centers of Excellence generate an American workforce like no other – impacting all parts of the globe – and is key to connecting the nation and the world. Each state maritime academy awaits the arrival of its own newly constructed national security multi-mission vessel (NSMV), a state-of-the-art training ship designed to support merchant mariner education and assist with humanitarian/disaster relief. The delivery of NSMVs to each of the state maritime academies will further enhance student training and better prepare the generations of merchant mariners to come.

For centuries, the maritime industry has played a critical role in sustaining the global economy through international trade. On this National Maritime Day, we salute American merchant mariners and all others in the American maritime industry whose efforts have ensured that our nation remains connected to the world.

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. Follow MMA on FB: @massmaritime; IG: @massmaritime; Twitter: @MMAadmissions; YouTube: Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Tradition of Change of Command Ceremony Continues
 

BUZZARDS BAY, MA – May 11, 2021 – Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) will celebrate National Maritime Day on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. The Academy will observe this national holiday by conducting the regimental Change of Command ceremony.

“Traditionally, National Maritime Day is an opportunity for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy community to come together to look back, to look forward and to thank those who are so critical to our success,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, President of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “We’re happy to welcome family and friends to campus in a safe manner to participate in the Change of Command ceremony, one of our most cherished traditions.”   

The Change of Command Ceremony is both the symbolic and physical transfer of leadership responsibilities from the graduating class to the Second Class who will assume their new roles in preparation for their senior year. Traditionally, the Change of Command Ceremony takes place before the entire Regiment. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2021 ceremony will consist of the freshman and sophomore cadets along with the junior and senior leadership. 

The Change of Command Ceremony highlights the outgoing Commander passing the regimental colors to the incoming Commander. In the May 12 ceremony, the outgoing Regiment of Cadets Commander Cadet 1/C Dominic Vaccari, of Dartmouth, MA, will pass his responsibilities to 2/C Daniel McAuliffe, of Milton, MA, as the incoming Regimental Commander. In the role of Regimental Commander, McAuliffe will work directly with the Commandant of Cadets in all matters pertaining to discipline, military smartness, supply, and the coordination of the daily routine of the Regiment. As part of the ceremony, Vaccari will address those in attendance, and McAuliffe will deliver the cadet officer oath to the incoming leadership group.

MMA is following strict COVID-19 guidelines to allow guests on campus. Attendance is limited to invited family members of the junior and senior cadets in leadership positions. No one who has been exposed to COVID-19 within the past 14 days or has experienced any COVID-19 symptoms is permitted to attend.  Guest arrival will be staggered, and attendees will be socially distanced.

Created in 1933, National Maritime Day is formally observed on May 22, the date that the American steamship Savannah set sail from Savannah, GA, in 1819 on the first transoceanic voyage under steam power. At MMA, the celebration date may differ slightly from year to year depending on the date of Coast Guard Examinations, which may fall in the same week as National Maritime Day. 

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. Follow MMA on FB: @massmaritime; IG: @massmaritime; Twitter: @MMAadmissions; YouTube: Massachusetts Maritime Academy 

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Presidents of the nine universities unanimously agree to require students to become fully inoculated with approved COVID-19 vaccines
 
BUZZARDS BAY, MA – April 27, 2021 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
The Massachusetts State University system is joining a growing number of colleges and universities across the country and the Commonwealth requiring students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before they attend in-person classes this fall.
 
The presidents of the nine universities in the system unanimously decided to require undergraduate and graduate students who are attending in-person classes, conducting research on campus, living in residence halls, or participating in campus life activities to become fully inoculated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine prior to the start of the 2021-22 academic year. The presidents expect that all employees also will be fully vaccinated prior to the start of the fall semester.
 
“Prior to the beginning of the fall semester and following state, federal and legal guidance, the Massachusetts State Universities will require all students to be fully immunized before returning to campus for the start of the fall semester,” said Dr. James F. Birge, president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and chair of the Massachusetts State University Council of Presidents. “Student safety and the safety of our communities remains at the forefront of our planning as we prepare to return to in-person learning and campus life in the fall.”
 
The Massachusetts State Universities have been leaders in the Stop the Spread Campaign and throughout the year have made COVID-19 testing and contact tracing a priority on campuses. Since returning to campus last year, the nine state universities have operationalized a robust on-campus COVID testing and contact tracing system for students, staff and faculty, which successfully resulted in helping to identify and contain the COVID virus on campus communities. The State Universities are committed to ending this pandemic with vigilance toward vaccinating campus communities.
 
“We are sharing this information now to give students, their families and our employees ample time to make plans to be vaccinated prior to the start of the fall term,” continued President Birge.
 
“We’re proud to be among the nine universities requiring vaccines for the fall semester,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, President of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “Our goal is to ensure the safest learning and living environment for our cadets and staff, and vaccines are a key step in making that possible.”
 
The nine campuses in the system are Bridgewater, Fitchburg, Framingham, Salem, Westfield and Worcester State Universities, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
 
About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. Follow MMA on FB: @massmaritime; IG: @massmaritime; Twitter: @MMAadmissions; YouTube: Massachusetts Maritime Academy
 
Media Contact for the State Universities System: Vincent Pedone, Executive Director, State Universities Council of Presidents, vpedone@massart.edu
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BUZZARDS BAY, MA – February 22, 2021 – The Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) is pleased to announce Tiffany Krihwan as the new Captain of the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey, the renovated tall ship is expected to arrive at the Cape Cod campus in the Fall of 2021. 

Krihwan joins the MMA staff from Discovery World in Milwaukee where she was Director of Marine Operations since 2014 and Senior Captain of the Denis Sullivan, a 19th-century Great Lakes schooner, since 2008.

“We’re adding a proven leader to our ranks, and I’m looking forward to seeing Captain Krihwan at the helm of the Ernestina-Morrissey,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, President of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “We’re excited to have a Captain of Tiffany’s sailing experience, leadership skills and passion for our program aboard.”  

An Erie, Pa., native, Krihwan took up sailing FJs at the age of 10 at the Erie Yacht Club. She began sailing tall ships in 1997 when she was appointed Chief Mate of the Appledore IV. Other leadership positions include Captain of the Boston-based schooner Roseway, Chief Mate of the Pride of Baltimore II, Relief Captain of the Los Angeles-based brigantine Exy Johnson and Captain of the tall ship Unicorn. 

“It’s an honor to be joining MMA and captaining the Ernestina-Morrissey. It’s hard to beat the beauty and grandeur of tall ships,” said Krihwan.  

Drawn to the position at MMA by the Ernestina-Morrissey’s history and pedigree, Krihwan is looking forward to guiding the ship and her crew on the waters off Cape Cod. “I’ve sailed on a few Grand Banks Fishing Schooners, the Lettie G. Howard and Roseway, over the years and love the way they sail so effortlessly. They are amazing sailing vessels,” she said.

With the Ernestina-Morrissey, Krihwan is eager to start a sail training program from the ground up and help integrate a tall ship into MMA’s curriculum. “This is such a special opportunity not only for me, but for the cadets,” she said. “Working with these historic vessels helps individuals become far better sailors. You really need to observe the fundamental principles of sailing.” 

She also will have an important role in teaching the cadets at the Academy and mentoring them to become leaders. According to Krihwan, her leadership style is to lead by example and believes a captain is only as good as her crew. Her hope is to not only share her love of tall ships with the cadets but also pass along skills that are important on sea and land.

“One of my favorite aspects of sailing a tall ship is seeing the crew and students personally grow from the experience and witness their confidence in themselves develop during their time aboard the ship,” Krihwan explained. “My hope is that they take the experience with them and apply the skills and attributes learned at sea to their shore life.”

Krihwan will be relocating to the Cape Cod area with her 11-year-old daughter. In her spare time, she plans to continue the restoration of the "Mahanna," her wooden 30' Tahiti Ketch

About the Ernestina-Morrissey: The Ernestina-Morrissey is a Gloucester fishing schooner originally built with white oak and yellow pine and launched in 1894. It is undergoing a historical renovation at Bristol Marine Shipyard in Booth Bay Harbor, Maine, and will arrive at MMA in the fall of 2021. MMA will focus the efforts of the Ernestina-Morrissey in three areas: sail-training and leadership training for cadets, K-12 STEM programming, and community outreach. The Ernestina-Morrissey’s history includes traveling within 600 miles of the Arctic Circle as an explorer ship, fishing for cod in the Atlantic, and eventually becoming a Cape Verde packet ship. In 1976, the Ernestina-Morrissey became a bicentennial gift to the United States from the people of the Cape Verde Islands.

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. 

Massachusetts Maritime Academy has implemented a comprehensive COVID-19 spring return plan and is committed to four main priorities during these challenging times. These priorities are: To keep our cadets, faculty and staff - and by extension, their families - safe; To keep the Academy from becoming a mass-transmission center; To find a path to get our 1/C cadets (seniors) to degree completion in time for Commencement; and To minimize the academic disruption for the 2/C, 3/C and 4/C cadets (underclass students). The full COVID-19 dashboard and plan can be found at: https://www.maritime.edu/covid-19-dashboard

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BUZZARDS BAY, MA – November 4, 2020 – Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadet and Newton resident Charles Z. Bianchi was appointed this week by Governor Charles D. Baker as an undergraduate student member of the Commonwealth’s Board of Higher Education.   
 
“When government can harness the voices and intellect of our youth to help shape public policy, it’s always another step forward,” said Carlos E. Santiago, Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education.  “Participation is a powerful learning tool and we are enthused to have Charles join us at the Board table.”
 
As an undergraduate public university student board member, Bianchi, a junior majoring in International Maritime Business, will provide input on behalf of the approximately 180,000 students currently enrolled in higher education institutions in the Commonwealth.  His term will expire on April 30, 2021.
 
“Given the extraordinary times we’re living in, the Academy strives to bring students new learning experiences whenever possible to keep them prepared and engaged for what the future may hold in their personal lives and careers,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, President of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  “Charles embodies the principles of honor, responsibility, discipline and leadership inherent in the Academy and we’re pleased that he is receiving this recognition by both the Governor and his peers.”
The Board of Higher Education is composed of 13 voting members, including three members chosen to represent public institutions of higher education. Of the three members, the Governor appoints at least one member who is currently enrolled in a public institution. Students who are nominated must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress at the schools where they are enrolled. 
 
About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. 
 
Massachusetts Maritime Academy has implemented a comprehensive COVID-19 fall return plan to include campus de-densification and is committed to four main priorities during these challenging times. These priorities are: To keep our cadets, faculty and staff - and by extension, their families - safe; To keep the Academy from becoming a mass-transmission center; To find a path to get our 1/C cadets (seniors) to degree completion in time for Commencement; and To minimize the academic disruption for the 2/C, 3/C and 4/C cadets (underclass students). The full COVID-19 plan can be found at: https://www.maritime.edu/covid-19-dashboard
 
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Connecting students with prospective employers in unprecedented times
 

BUZZARDS BAY, MA – October 21, 2020 – Just as colleges and universities are adapting the way they educate students during the coronavirus pandemic, career services is changing the way it prepares undergraduates for the world of work. On Wednesday, Oct. 21 and Thursday, Oct. 22, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) will host a virtual career fair to connect cadets with more than 60 potential employers.

Instead of face-to-face meetings on MMA’s Buzzards Bay campus, students will meet with representatives online to learn about full-time employment opportunities following graduation along with internships and Cooperative-Education experiences. Employers and students will register to participate in the virtual event. Employers will have their own chat rooms where they can present information to the students, talk in small groups or hold one-on-one discussions. Students know which companies will participate in advance and are encouraged to research the organizations so they can have meaningful discussions, provide their resumes and gather information for follow up meetings. 

“The goal of the virtual career fair is the same as the traditional event. We are providing our students the opportunity to meet representatives of potential employers and military branches in a setting where they can learn about each other and see if there’s a good match,” said Maryanne Richards, Director of Career and Professional Services at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “Through the event, students learn about the different industries where their skill set can be utilized, and the networking that takes place is invaluable.”

Just like a traditional career fair, the students are taking the opportunity to meet prospective employers seriously. Students can schedule time with MMA’s Career and Professional Services department prior to the virtual career fair to receive feedback on their resumes, test their technology to ensure it’s ready for the fair and obtain coaching for their online meetings.

“We encourage students to wear their uniforms or professional attire,” said Richards. “We want a very professional atmosphere, just as if the event was in person.”

Given the extraordinary times, MMA wants its students to be as prepared as possible for what the future holds.

“The virtual career fair is an important step in the employment process, which may include online interviews and onboarding along with full-time remote work,” Richards said. “Our employers, often alumni, are happy to meet with all students whether they are first year cadets or graduating seniors.” 

MMA has a strong reputation of graduates successfully entering their chosen career. More than 95 percent of graduates report that they are doing what they want to do six months after leaving the Academy whether that’s working in a job related to their degree, going to graduate school or entering the military. 

Employers who participated in the Spring 2020 virtual career fair stated the top three characteristics they seek in new employees are work ethic, academics and team work. 

“We’re proud of the fact that our students have the skills that successfully take them to the next stage of their life,” Richards said. “The virtual career fair is a new way of facilitating the important first meetings between the cadets and organizations looking to recruit them.” 

Open to students and MMA alumni, more than 400 individuals are registered for the two-day October event, which will run from 2-6 p.m. each day.  Representatives from the private and public sectors, including shipping companies, transportation companies, engineering firms, technology companies, and branches of the military will be online and ready to engage with the cadets.

For more information on MMA’s virtual career fair, contact careerservices@maritime.edu or call 508-830-6410.

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. 

Massachusetts Maritime Academy has implemented a comprehensive COVID-19 fall return plan to include campus de-densification and is committed to four main priorities during these challenging times. These priorities are: To keep our cadets, faculty and staff - and by extension, their families - safe; To keep the Academy from becoming a mass-transmission center; To find a path to get our 1/C cadets (seniors) to degree completion in time for Commencement; and To minimize the academic disruption for the 2/C, 3/C and 4/C cadets (underclass students). The full COVID-19 plan can be found at: https://www.maritime.edu/covid-19-dashboard

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BUZZARDS BAY, MA – October 07, 2020 – Annual college rankings are important tools for students and families to turn to when evaluating institutions of higher learning. The Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) stands out from the competition in a number of categories, especially when it comes to value.

In MONEY Magazine’s annual evaluation of more than 700 four-year colleges and universities, MMA placed fifth on the list of Best Small Colleges in the U.S.  The magazine discusses the advantages that small colleges offer students, including smaller class sizes, the ability to cater to different learning styles and a stronger sense of community.

“The Massachusetts Maritime Academy provides students a top-notch education coupled with outstanding opportunities for work-related experience that prepare graduates for rewarding careers on land and at sea,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, President of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “Our size is one of our strengths and allows us to deliver great value to our cadets.”

MMA ranked highly on a number of lists when it comes to value of a four-year education. In CNBC’s Top US Colleges That Pay Off the Most survey, MMA ranked sixth in the Top 25 Public Universities category. In MONEY Magazine’s survey, MMA placed 36th among the Best Colleges in America Ranked by Value. In U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 survey, MMA landed in sixth place for Best Value Schools (Regional Colleges North).

As a public university, MMA provides an affordable education, which is a key factor for many students. MMA stood out on MONEY Magazine’s rankings that recognize the importance of affordability in a high-quality educational experience. In the magazine’s 2020 survey, MMA ranked eighth in Best Colleges You Can Actually Get Into, 14th in Most Transformative Colleges and 24th in Best Public Colleges. In addition, U.S. News & World Report’s survey of Regional Colleges North placed MMA in fourth place among Top Public Schools, fifth place for Best Regional Colleges and 43rd place for Top Performers on Social Mobility.

MMA’s engineering programs also landed the Academy on two national lists. MMA placed 33rd on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs and 43rd on MONEY Magazine’s 2020 list of Best Colleges for Engineering Majors.

“It’s rewarding to be recognized by these prestigious media outlets, but our best success stories come from our graduates,” McDonald said. “Training business leaders, ship captains, engineers and professional officers is what the Massachusetts Maritime Academy excels at. It’s an honor to see our cadets truly making a difference in the public and private sector organizations upon graduation and for many years beyond their time here.”

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. 

Massachusetts Maritime Academy has implemented a comprehensive COVID-19 fall return plan to include campus de-densification and is committed to four main priorities during these challenging times. These priorities are: To keep our cadets, faculty and staff - and by extension, their families - safe; To keep the Academy from becoming a mass-transmission center; To find a path to get our 1/C cadets (seniors) to degree completion in time for Commencement; and To minimize the academic disruption for the 2/C, 3/C and 4/C cadets (underclass students). The full COVID-19 plan can be found at: https://www.maritime.edu/covid-19-dashboard

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Due to testing disruptions, SAT and ACT Standardized Testing Requirements will be Waived

Buzzards Bay, Mass. - June 17, 2020 – Massachusetts Maritime Academy is pleased to announce that they will be offering students the ability to apply test optional for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle.  Students choosing to apply test optional will be given the same consideration as those applicants applying with the SAT or ACT scores.  The Academy will use other application components to evaluate files (including high school transcript, personal essay, letters of recommendation, resume, interview, etc.).  While there are no additional requirements for students applying as test optional, submissions of any additional documents that candidates feel may be relevant are encouraged, along with a campus visit (when possible) and a personal interview.  Please note that students with a GPA below a 2.5 must submit a letter of reference from a teacher or school counselor for consideration in their review.

MMA's Director of Admissions Josh Tefft says this is the right decision at the right time for everyone. "Applying to college can be stressful, even during the best of times. We recognize the testing challenges that the pandemic has caused have become a big concern, so we wanted to ensure our applicants that we hear you, and we are here to help.  By providing this choice, students have one less thing to worry about as part of the process.  Mass Maritime has always placed a stronger emphasis on high school transcript, GPA, and academic rigor, and continues to use a holistic approach to our application review process.  We hope that this change will help to alleviate some of the added barriers posed by the ongoing pandemic."

NOTE: Applicants who earn admission and decide to enroll must submit SAT/ACT scores (if available) for research purposes on retention, persistence, and future admission selection standards.

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment.  Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. 

Opportunity to see ship and meet with ship’s crew, cadets, faculty, and alumni
 

WHO: The TS Kennedy, Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s (MMA) 540-foot training ship, will be open for ship tours. 

WHAT: A great opportunity for prospective students, teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, etc., to visit the ship and learn about MMA. Visitors also will have the opportunity to meet with the ship’s crew, staff, cadets, faculty, and alumni.

The TS Kennedy will be in port as part of Sea-Term 2020. The ship departed the MMA campus in Buzzards Bay, MA, on January 11, with more than 550 cadets on board. As part of Sea-Term, the TS Kennedy is conducting anchor drills off the coast of Puerto Rico, transiting the new Panama Canal, crossing the equator, and docking in Balboa, Panama, Golfito, Costa Rica, and Willemstad, Curacao, as well as Tampa, Florida.  

During the TS Kennedy’s time at sea, cadets will connect with K-12 students throughout Massachusetts, the U.S. and beyond via MMA’s first-in-the-nation Follow the Voyage – Share the Experience program. This program, led by retired MA elementary school teacher Nancy Franks, provides STEM based learning opportunities and introduces students to potential careers in Marine Engineering, Marine Transportation and Facilities Management.

WHEN: February 15, 2020, at 9 AM – 12 NOON

Registration is required to board the ship. 

WHERE: The TS Kennedy will be docked at Port Tampa Bay. Since the location is always subject to change, all who register will be emailed the dock/pier information a few days prior.

WHY: For the past 100 years, Sea-Term has provided MMA cadets hands-on experience at sea via a two-month training voyage. Prospective students, teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, etc., can learn first-hand about this unique program by touring the TS Kennedy and meeting with the ship’s crew, staff, cadets, faculty, and alumni.

CONTACT: Nancy Franks
ftv@maritime.edu
https://ftv.maritime.edu/

Cadets will connect with K-12 students throughout Sea-Term 2020 and celebrate MMA’s link to the Panama Canal
 

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – February 4, 2020 – Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, President of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA), joined cadets, their families and friends to wish participants of Sea-Term 2020 well as the TS Kennedy departed Buzzard’s Bay, Massachusetts.  For the past 100 years, Sea-Term has provided MMA cadets hands-on experience at sea during a two-month voyage. 

“During Sea-Term, the 550 cadets will learn by doing. Their assignment starts by loading the ship with supplies then provides our cadets first-hand experience with engineering operations, navigation, docking, vessel safety, port operations along with many other tasks that they cover in the classroom,” McDonald said. “More importantly, the cadets gain a true understanding of life on a ship, including the leadership and life skills that are required to be successful.”

During Sea-Term 2020, the TS Kennedy, MMA’s 540-foot training ship, will conduct anchor drills off the coast of Puerto Rico, transit the new Panama Canal, cross the equator, dock in Balboa, Panama, Golfito, Costa Rica, Willemstad, Curacao, and Tampa, Florida. Cadets in their freshman, sophomore and senior year are participating in the voyage. 

Not only will cadets gain proficiency in critical skills while on board, but they will pass on their knowledge and experience to thousands of K-12 students.  During the TS Kennedy’s time at sea, cadets will connect with K-12 students throughout Massachusetts, the U.S. and beyond via MMA’s first-in-the-nation Follow the Voyage – Share the Experience program. This program, led by retired MA elementary school teacher Nancy Franks, provides STEM based learning opportunities and introduces students to potential careers in Marine Engineering, Marine Transportation and Facilities Management.

“We’re extremely proud of the Follow the Voyage – Share the Experience program that will connect cadets with students. Our goal is to spark interest in STEM subjects and STEM careers,” said McDonald. “There’s so much opportunity in STEM related careers, and we’re hopeful that this program will plant seeds in the minds of young people that these careers are exciting, challenging, rewarding and enjoyable.”

The TS Kennedy’s passing through the Panama Canal holds a special connection for MMA. The Academy has played a key role in the Panama Canal, beginning with the training of Panamanians in the late 1970s and to prepare them for assuming control of the Canal in 1979.  MMA also supported the launch of International Maritime University of Panama (IMUP) 10 years ago and continues to enjoy a vibrant exchange program with the university. In fact, IMUP’s first President and founder, Captain Orlando Allard, was a MMA graduate. In addition, as Panama launched its multi-billion-dollar expansion of the Canal in 2007, United States Navy Four-star Admiral William "Bud" Flanagan (MMA class of 1964), was named to the Canal's International Advisory Board and now serves as Chairman. When the training ship transits the canal, there will be a reception in Panama City to celebrate the success of this partnership. 

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment.  Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. 

Fair is key activity in achieving top career outcomes for graduates
 

BUZZARDS BAY, MA – October 7, 2019 – On Thursday, October 10, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) will hold its Fall 2019 Career Fair. The semi-annual event will attract more than 150 potential employers to the Buzzards Bay campus to meet with students, alumni, faculty and staff.

Held at the Clean Harbors Athletic Center on the MMA’s Buzzards Bay Campus beginning at 4 pm, employers will have the opportunity to meet with seniors looking for full-time employment following graduation in the spring. Underclassmen gathering information for upcoming Cooperative Education (CO-OP) and Commercial Shipping experiences along with interested alumni, faculty and staff members comprise the next wave.

“It’s an excellent opportunity to network,” said Maryanne Richards, Director of Career Services at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “Our Career Fairs are a great way for organizations to meet with students personally, and for our students to learn directly from potential employers about opportunities both on land and at sea.”

The Fall Career Fair will feature a strong lineup of companies and organizations. Representatives from the private and public sectors, including shipping companies, cruise lines, transportation companies, engineering firms, technology companies, unions, and branches of the military, will be on hand to provide information, answer questions, accept resumes, and arrange interviews with cadets.

In addition to full-time positions, cadets will be looking for prospective CO-OP and Commercial Shipping program placements. All MMA students participate in the CO-OP and Commercial Shipping programs each year, which provides them with real-world experience while obtaining their undergraduate degrees.

“Our cadets are ready for the workforce when they graduate from MMA. Both the CO-OP and the Commercial Shipping programs provide cadets with first-hand experience in their chosen field of study,” said Richards. “These programs also help our cadets develop leadership and teamwork skills as well as build their confidence. They are exceptional learning opportunities.”

MMA has a proven history of graduates successfully entering their chosen career outcome - whether it is working in a job related to their degree, going to graduate school or entering the military.

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure. 

Class of 2019-2020 Received
 

BUZZARDS BAY, MA – September 16, 2019 – As the 2019-2020 academic year gets underway, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) received high marks from three national media outlets. The MMA ranked as a top-25 school in eight separate categories by CNBC, MONEY Magazine and U.S. News & World Report.

In CNBC’s Top US Colleges That Pay Off the Most survey, MMA ranked third in the Top 25 Public Universities category. In MONEY Magazine’s annual evaluation of more than 700 four-year colleges and universities, MMA ranked second in Best Small Colleges, fourth in Best Colleges You Can Get Into, 16th in Best Public Colleges, 25th in Best Colleges for Your Money and 25th in Most Transformative Colleges. In U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey, MMA landed fourth in Top Public Schools (Regional Universities North) and 19th for Best Regional Universities (North)

“The Massachusetts Maritime Academy has trained business leaders, ship captains, engineers, and professional officers since 1891, and we’re extremely proud of the education we provide,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, President of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “It’s great to be recognized by these prestigious media organizations as an institution that delivers outstanding value to students in so many different categories.”

In August 2019, CNBC released its first list of 50 U.S. colleges that provide students the highest average salaries for their tuition dollars this year. The list includes 25 private and 25 public institutions. At number three in the public category, MMA is included in the Top 10 U.S. Colleges that Pay Off the Most.

This is the sixth year of MONEY Magazine’s extensive survey. The publication weighs thousands of data points to determine its rankings and cuts the data across a number of categories to assist families in finding the best college or university for prospective students.  

In its annual ranking, U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges provides 50 different types of numerical rankings and lists to help students narrow their college search. In addition to the recognition from CNBC, MONEY Magazine and U.S. & World Report, the MMA has received a number of accolades from a variety of national and regional organizations

A new class of cadets began its journey toward success during orientation on August 17 at the MMA’s Buzzards Bay campus. More than 470 cadets took part in activities such as water survival, firefighting, sailing, and team building over a two-week period with three days aboard the Training Ship Kennedy and then culminated in the annual Orientation Graduation ceremony and move onto campus. 

“We attract highly motivated men and women to the Academy and provide them an atmosphere that encourages them to be their best,” McDonald said. “It’s always a great time to welcome the new class of cadets to campus and see the potential they possess. These men and women have a bright future and will impact both public and private sector organizations for many years to come.” 

About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and thirst for adventure.