Maine Maritime Academy continues to thrive and stand out
By Senator Kimberley Rosen
It may be quietly tucked away in the quaint coastal village of Castine, but the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) is a notable force in the world of post-secondary education. With 925 undergraduates this year, including 589 from Maine and 116 full-time and part-time faculty, MMA is among the best values of college education in the country.
In 2014 and 2015, Money magazine named MMA “Best Public College” and eighth among “Best Colleges Overall”. Since then, the quality of teaching has not weakened.
It is not only of great educational value for its students, it is a great place to start a new lucrative career. Each year, the school promotes its investment goal of “90% in 90 days,” and according to a study published in US News and World Report, the median starting salary of former MMA students is over $ 70,000 per year. .
MMA is great value for money because it is affordable. About 80 percent of MMA students receive assistance on an annual basis; and in 2017, the Harold Alfond Foundation challenged MMA to raise a cumulative total of $ 2.25 million over three years. The Vision 20 campaign | 20 raised over $ 2.7 million in June of last year. The foundation then awarded $ 750,000 to MMA’s Harold Alfond Engineering Scholarship Fund.
This endowment fund gives preference to Maine residents and first generation students who have earned at least a GPA of 3.3 in high school and have no final grade below 2.0 (C ) in any course. The scholarships are renewable for 8 to 10 consecutive semesters (depending on the major) while maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
The application deadline for admission is March 1 of each year, so students starting their final year of high school this fall should start thinking about staying close to home for school and moving towards a career path. career that will allow them to see the world.
Separated from the main campus is the one-year Marine Professional Development Center at Bucksport. The center specializes in providing quality training to people already working in the seafaring trades. Many courses are designed to develop or maintain the skills required by international and US Coast Guard regulations; others are highly sought after to provide subject matter expertise in a variety of sea-related fields.
The center offers introductory courses ranging from fishing vessel safety to advanced programs, such as inert gas systems and crude oil washing, related to onboard systems associated with tanker operations. Fast Rescue Boat, where trainees learn how to handle and support rescue boats in adverse weather and sea conditions, is a popular hands-on course. The Center started offering tutoring courses for port pilot exams last winter.
Another very exciting development will be in the waters near Castine in the near future. In January, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration authorized the construction of a brand new $ 300 million training ship for the academy. This means that its students will soon be learning at sea on a state-of-the-art vessel.
Although rarely noticed by most Mainers or visitors, MMA offers exceptional educational opportunities right here in Maine.
Republican Senator Kimberley Rosen of Bucksport represents District 8 in the State Senate.