PASADENA, Texas – World Maritime Day is Sept. 24, and this year's theme revolves around the mission of the San Jacinto College maritime program.

The 2015 theme "Maritime Education and Training" is suitable being that the San Jacinto College maritime program has awarded more than 3,600 United States Coast Guard certificates since it began in 2010.

This is a growing contribution to a global industry that employs 1.5 million seafarers, according to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Although a large number, it's small compared to the world's population of 7 billion who rely on the transportation of goods and developments underway such as the expansion of the Panama Canal.

The IMO describes shipping as a "highly technical professional discipline." This is why San Jacinto College introduced Texas' first maritime transportation associate degree program in 2012 to provide new mariners with the skills now demanded throughout industry. The IMO states that maritime companies need mariners with considerable skill, knowledge, and expertise - "attributes that simply cannot all be learned through work experience or on-the-job learning."

The San Jacinto College maritime program is guided by an advisory committee and includes leaders in the local maritime industry like Higman Marine, G&H Towing, the Houston Pilots, Buffalo Marine, Martin Marine, and Harley Marine Gulf. It offers USCG and Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW)-approved maritime training and deck-level coursework for all professional mariners.

In January 2016, San Jacinto College will open the Maritime Technology and Training Center at 3700 Old Highway 146 in La Porte, Texas. There, all maritime training will take place within the 45,000-square-foot facility that will sit 14 feet above ground and include three full-mission ships bridge simulators among other elements like a training dock, classrooms, and a multipurpose space for industry conferences and corporate partner meetings.

For more information and updates on the San Jacinto College maritime program, visit

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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