Coast Guard, Port Houston highlight new partnership with maritime high schools

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(HOUSTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard and Port Houston highlighted a new partnership with maritime high schools during a rally at Austin High School in Houston on Thursday.

Adm. Karl Schultz, commandant of the Coast Guard, Roger Guenther, executive director of Port Houston, representatives from the Houston Independent School District (HISD) and 347 students from local maritime programs attended the event.

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Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Noel, left, a boatswain’s mate from Marine Safety and Security Team Houston, shows maritime students the proper way to tie knots during a rally Thursday at Austin High School in Houston. U.S. Coast Guard photo

During the rally, Coast Guard, Port Houston and HISD representatives addressed the students, discussing career opportunities in the maritime industry. After the presentations, students toured Coast Guard small boats, equipment and other interactive static displays.

“The Coast Guard is always looking for ways to engage with the local community, especially through our Partnership In Education program,” said Coast Guard Capt. Jason Smith, commander, Sector Houston-Galveston. “This new collaboration with local maritime high schools is a win-win. It allows our Coast Guard service women and men to share their maritime skills with the almost 1,000 maritime high school students in the area and exposes these future maritime leaders to the Coast Guard’s missions. Today’s event with our commandant, Adm. Karl Schultz, is just the start of a long-term commitment to our local maritime high schools.”

– U.S. Coast Guard

By Professional Mariner Staff