New associate's degree offered in marine transport
By: JAMES A. ROBICHAUX
Local mariners who wish to further their education and training, but whose work schedules preclude educational advancement in that same field, have a new opportunity to do both with a new program offered by South Central Louisiana Technical College.
“The schedule for a mariner working offshore never fit in the academic calendar, so college degrees were never available unless the mariner quit working offshore and was able to work onshore,” Carl Moore, marine coordinator at SCLTC, said.
The Marine Department at SCLTC developed an associate’s degree in marine transportation, and it was recently approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents.
“Before we undertook the task of creating this degree we polled our students to see if they would be interested. All of the students asked said yes, they would like to see some academic recognition for their training,” Moore said.
“I have held a master’s license for 30 years and have had this discussion with fellow mariners throughout my career at sea. I have worked at Young Memorial for 16 years, and academic recognition for mariners is asked almost daily, from past, present, and even future students,” he said.
According to SCLTC, the degree will be the first degree that will also give working mariners credit for their time at sea.
Moore said that the degree program will begin this summer, and that there is already a waiting list of mariners wanting to participate.
“These credentials will allow the mariner a chance to obtain the educational rewards not usually available to the offshore worker. This unique degree contains courses needed for the mariner to move along their career path from Able Seaman to Master,” Moore said.
“The marine transportation degree allows a mariner to exit with a certificate of technical studies, a technical diploma, or an Associate of Applied Science in marine transportation.”