Port of Houston Maritime Academy
Texas A&M University at Galveston The Port of Houston Authority is helping to prepare the future workforce with some new initiatives. Plans for a Port of Houston Maritime Academy Program were initiated through the Small Business Development Division at Austin and Yates high schools for local students interested in pursuing a career in maritime industry. The Maritime Studies curriculum will demonstrate the significant impact of Houston’s port on the global economy and international trade. The courses, set to begin in fall 2009, will help students identify and define personal, educational goals and career opportunities in the maritime industry. The academy is designed to help students pursue a multitude of maritime careers, including U.S. Coast Guard officer, U.S. Customs & Border Patrol officer, Houston Pilot, warehousing and logistics, police, security and maintenance, port police/ security and environmental.

San Jacinto College Maritime Program
With a very accessible location in Pasadena, Texas just ouside of Houston, San Jacinto College is building the Gulf Region's only full curriculum, U.S. Coast Guard and STCW approved maritime program for the working mariner. Over 40 deck level courses are currently being offered. When San Jac's new waterfront campus is completed and engineering coursework is added over 80 courses will be available. From the Deckhand on a towboat to the Captain of an oil tanker to the Chief Engineer of a turbine powered drillship, the San Jacinto College Maritime Program will offer all of the required coursework for USCG or STCW licenses and certifications.

TSU Maritime Academy
The Department of Transportation Studies at TSU has a mission to provide comprehensive transportation education that builds on the latest data, systems and technologies. Currently the Department offers Master of Science Degree in Transportation Planning and Management, and is affiliated with Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy with a specialization in transportation. The Department began offering a new Bachelor of Science Degree in Maritime Transportation Management and Security in Fall 2010, and a new Master of Science Degree in Maritime Transportation Management & Security in Fall 2012.

Texas A&M at Galveston
Texas A&M University at Galveston TAMUG offers ocean-oriented, four-year courses with excellence in business, oceanographic and physical sciences, biological sciences, engineering and transportation and liberal arts. Degrees are awarded from Texas A&M University. Computer science and technical writing courses are taught across curricula, regardless of a student’s major field. In every course each semester, formally administered questionnaires invite students to appraise the effectiveness of teaching. Several unique courses have been developed in response to the University’s marine orientation. For instance, "Literature of the Sea" looks at the sea through the works of great authors. "Introduction to Marine Sciences" introduces students to a number of disciplines through lectures, seminars and industrial contacts. The cruise geography course emphasizes the port areas being visited.

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