The San Diego, Ca.-based Maritime Institute has signed a 10-year lease to locate its newest mariner training facility at the Port of Everett’s Waterfront Place.
The new satellite at the Port of Everett will be the company’s first in Washington state. It currently hosts main campuses in Norfolk, Va. and San Diego, Ca., plus satellite facilities in Alameda, Ca. and Honolulu, Hi.
Both classroom and on-the-water instruction will be centered in nearly 6,000 square feet of interior and exterior light industrial space at the Port’s Maritime, Exploration and Innovation Complex located in the Craftsman District at Waterfront Place.
Courses are expected to begin in January 2024 at the new Everett site, and “will fill a growing need, providing closer training opportunities for existing and aspiring mariners located in Washington state and throughout the Pacific Northwest,” according to Maritime Institute CEO, Dave Abrams.
“We’re very excited about the opportunity to come up to Everett,” he said. “This will be a great place for our business, as we bring a valuable service to the community for training local mariners. We look forward to helping people in the Everett area and throughout the Pacific Northwest start and grow their careers in the maritime industry.”
Working with local workforce agencies and maritime employers, the courses offered at the Port of Everett facility will serve the interests and growing maritime needs in Snohomish County and the greater Puget Sound region, including applicable mariner training for Washington State Ferries and the region’s commercial shipyards.
One of the Institute’s key programs slated for expansion in Everett is its Maritime Bootcamp – a four-week program that provides the training necessary to put participants with little to no experience on a career pathway in the maritime industry.
“With Washington state being the most trade-dependent state in the nation, and with more than 60 percent of jobs in Snohomish County alone tied to trade, it is crucial we have accessible pathways to maritime education,” said Port of Everett CEO Lisa Lefeber.
“As a port, our mission is growing and promoting access to family-wage jobs,” she said. “Recruiting a maritime training center to serve Snohomish County and the greater region has been a top priority for us, not only to fulfill this mission, but to also ensure a skilled and diverse maritime workforce in the future.”
The Maritime Institute offers more than 150-plus courses authorized by the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy that cover all aspects of vessel operations including deck, engineering, life safety, and even small arms to more than 10,000 mariners annually.
The company is also a certified Global Wind Organization training provider for the offshore wind market, and offers courses through its ‘BoaterU’ program for recreational mariners.