Marine & Maritime Career Fair This Weekend

| February 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

Anne Arundel County Public Schools, the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame, and the Eastport Yacht Club Foundation are partnering to present a Marine and Maritime Career Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 26, at Annapolis High School.

The fair, the first of its kind in the Annapolis area, will give all students in grades 8 through 12 the opportunity to meet representatives from such diverse maritime employers as the Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association, the Maryland Department of Natural  Resources, Boat U.S., Oceaneering, Weems and Plath, Watermark Journeys, and Annapolis Custom Canvas. Maritime educators and alumnae from the U.S. Naval, Merchant Marine, and Coast Guard academies and the Webb Institute of Engineering will share their programs and possible career paths. In all, more than 60 representatives from corporations, government agencies, educational institutions, marine service businesses, and the military are expected to meet with interested students and discuss career opportunities ranging from marine biology to naval architecture, boat building, boat canvas and sail manufacturing, engine mechanics, tugboat captain, marine police, marine product sales, and marine environmental science.

“The purpose of this fair is to introduce students and their parents to the vast array of careers that directly connect to the Chesapeake Bay and our oceans and the education and training required,” said Susan Nahmias, Education Director for the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame and organizer of the fair. “We hope that by presenting a Career Fair rather than a job fair, students and their parents will gain a better understanding of the preparation necessary to be a viable candidate for  these jobs.”

The Eastport Yacht Club Foundation’s website, www.eycfoundation.org, will have a dedicated location on its Marine Skills Training (MAST) page where after-school, weekend, and summer jobs and internships can be posted as they may become available. The Foundation also offers an annual scholarship for education and/or training in the marine trades.

Admission to the Career Fair is free. Pre-registration is encouraged and will make students eligible for donated door prizes. Students can register for the Career Fair at www.nshof.org and click on Education. For more information contact Susan Nahmias at [email protected] or 410-295-3022.

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