“We Needed Maritime Workforce Development Yesterday”
Last updated on Feb 24, 2023 | Press
Over the summer, Port of Seattle Commissioner Ryan Calkins and members of his staff spent time at MITAGS’ west coast campus. Recently, Commissioner Calkins shared an article about that visit and the need for maritime workforce development. A need, that MITAGS can help fulfill with its Maritime Apprenticeship Program.
Particularly in Washington, there are extreme staffing shortages causing canceled and delayed Ferry sailings. As Commissioner Calkins states in his article, while the problem may be clear, the solution is much more complex. It takes years of training to master the skills required to operate vessels, such as ferries. In the past, MITAGS has even teamed up with Washington State Ferries for its Maritime Apprenticeship Program and it’s something both entities hope to continue.
Click here to read Commissioner Calkins’ full article!
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