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Training & Education

Knowledge is Power Compiled by Marine Log Staff

SUNY Maritime College

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ducation is the foundation of any successful, ever-evolving, thriving career. Whether it’s a career in business, medicine or the maritime industry, education and training are vital to moving life and the industry forward. Students looking to enter the maritime industry, or folks seeking to advance their career, have a variety of options available to them—from undergrad programs that award USCG Merchant Mariner licenses, to post graduate programs fostering career advancement, to online courses for those who can’t leave the ship, there’s something for everyone. And if recent studies are any indication, a career in the maritime industry, pays off, big time. According to PayScale’s 2016 College Salary Report, for the third year in a row SUNY Maritime College graduates ranked number one when it comes to pay, meaning they earn higher salaries than their counterparts at some of the top universities in the country, including MIT. The report states that SUNY Maritime College graduates’ midcareer median pay is $147,000. The news didn’t come as a surprise to Lori Shull, Director of Communications for SUNY Maritime. She explains that the college’s mission has always been to educate

dynamic leaders for the global maritime industry—and clearly it is succeeding. SUNY Maritime offers 13 academic programs focused on engineering, marine transportation, business and science. The college, founded in 1874, places an emphasis on hands-on training—evident in the implementation of its training ship Empire State

SUNY Maritime College graduates ranked number one when it comes to pay. VI in the curriculum, as well as the school’s insistence on professional internships and training onboard commercial ships. The college also offers professional training courses through its continuing education programs for licensed mariners. Shull tells Marine Log, that about 70 percent of the students attending SUNY Maritime—currently a little over 1,800 are enrolled with 200 in the graduate programs,

and 1,600 in the undergraduate program—are working towards attaining both a bachelor’s degree and a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner license. “The college,” adds Shull, “also offers two stand-alone certificate programs for those looking to advance their knowledge and their careers,” without the commitment of attaining a masters degree. The certificates are in International Ship Chartering and Supply Chain Management. For those who do wish to seek a master’s degree, SUNY Maritime offers two masters programs that can be completed online. For individuals wanting to make the transition from sea-going jobs to onshore jobs, SUNY Maritime has the International Transportation and Trade Program. The program focuses on logistics, the shipping business, insurance and security. Meanwhile, those interested in the maritime industry’s impact on the world would enjoy the Maritime and Naval Studies program. Why are maritime college graduates so successful in the real world? Perhaps it’s the mixture of providing students with access to real knowledge both inside the classroom and via a hands-on approach (on board a training ship, via a simulator, or out in the real world)—thus enabling students to be better prepared for real life challenges. After April 2017 // Marine Log 33

Marine Log April 2017  
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