Second, it would help alleviate the overcrowding of schedules and provide room for electives. For USMMA specific COVID-19 resources, please visit our page.
Critics say it is unfair that students from our nation’s five state maritime schools, the majority of who are saddled with large student loan payments, must compete for jobs against KP graduates who all receive free tuition. A Standard and Poor's report on the education of America's senior business managers, for example, places the U.S. To get bipartisan support for the bill, this center could support military innovation projects on one floor and green technology projects on another.
It would work like this. The companies that will be developed with technology from an innovation center will produce tax revenue for decades. USMMA is closed to the public until further notice. And it is only fair that some fo this funding is used to provide state academy merchant mariners with access to federal maritime training programs after graduation. According to a recent report, the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) has requested $81.9 million dollars to operate the school next year. A merchant marine technology and innovation center would likely cost less than a single training ship and could train midshipmen on the latest technology for decades and, if congress would allow outside participation and investment, it could be a center for global maritime technology and do for our industry what Stanford and MIT have done for the tech sector. A sound college education is the foundation for every profession in our society and the mariner's profession is no exception. The US Maritime Administration (MARAD), which has federal oversight of KP, argues that all KP alumni serve as active duty or naval reserve officers and work not just aboard deep-sea commercial ships but aboard US naval, Military Sealift Command, inland waterway, offshore, research and other types of vessels around the world. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you're on a federal government site. Compounding the problem is that each segment of the industry requires specialized training classes which ship officers often have to pay for themselves.
Members of the USMS would be required to wear USMS uniforms to class and pledge that, in the event of war, they would take a supporting role aboard ship or in critical maritime industries like shipyards.
Learn more about the requirements and expectations of Midshipmen. The critical role the merchant marine plays in today’s military operations coupled with the size and scope of merchant marine assets owned by our stated adversaries and the critical shortage of mariners are a trifecta of reasons to maintain USMMA funding. Those seeking endorsements like STCW, and willing to sign up for the USMS, would travel to Kings Point for an additional 6 months of specialized training after graduation. With the cost of each training ship at $389 million and after subtracting $150 million to fund a state-of-the-art innovation and technology center, USMMA would still be left with $100 million to build a home for GMATS with $139M to spare. With $139 million left in the budget I ask congress to fund opportunities to build one culture of service throughout the merchant marine officer corps. “That money would do more good elsewhere, like for training and retention of American mariners.”. While interest on the dod budget will continue to balloon far into the foreseeable future, education will continue to pay back the nation as long as KP alumni continue to build companies and create jobs. In the past year, I have had the opportunity to talk with presidents and administrators at most of the state schools and they all face one big problem.
The $1.6 trillion college student loan crisis is deeply unfair to the younger generation but it is a problem at nearly every state college, not just the maritime ones. As detailed in last year’s Boston Globe cover story the maritime industry is far behind in the adoption of new technology. Unfortunately, amid loud industry protests, it was closed in 2012. Freshman (fourth class or plebe) year is particularly strenuous as students make the transition from high school graduate to Academy midshipman. The problem is it’s difficult to fit new programs into a curriculum that’s bulging at the seams. And the long term taxpayer cost of offering KP midshipmen free tuition is MUCH lower over 20 years.
Second only to high amounts of college loan debt, all maritime graduates (including Kings Point Alumni) are required to return to school regularly and pay for USCG required classes. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you're on a federal government site. Because Kings Point sends midshipmen out on commercial ships so it does not require a training ship it only seems fair that congress would not spend hundreds of millions of dollars to purchase one for KP. United States, Phone: 516-726-5800 Kings Point is not large enough to host all of the training classes required by today’s ship officers but could, by funding a new version of GMATS, provide the facilities to train may officers and, MARAD could find money to upgrade the union schools, to train the rest.
More importantly, the state of crisis we face today points to an uncertain future that’s fraught with uncertainty and danger. The academic curriculum at the Academy is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and provides each midshipman with the broad college education required for a bachelor of science degree, with the specialized training for licensing as a merchant marine officer, and with the military knowledge for commissioning in a reserve component of the Armed Forces. These are just the first winds of a growing storm and it’s critical that we take the time to batten the hatches now and invest in our mariners before hurricane-force winds begin to blow.
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Phone: 516-726-5800 Even the strongest critics of KP don’t often dispute the critical need for better trained American mariners in the near future so… their argument really comes down to fairness and cost.
John is a distinguished alumnus of New York Maritime College. We desperately need industry-wide training standards and equal access to programs for all mariners (including Hawsepipers) but most critical of all is that all American Merchant Mariners share a common set of principals and a common culture. An official website of the United States government Here's how you know. Download the latest USMMA course catalog for the current school year. Virtually 100 percent of our graduates obtain well-paying employment within six months of commencement -- with the majority at work within three months, and most with offers of employment before graduation day. Business Hours: 8:00am-4:00pm ET, M-F, United States Department of Transportation, Professional Development & Career Services. “Who says life is fair, where is that written?” -William Goldman. First, while at school, it would focus students’ attention on the fundamentals of marine engineering and seamanship. The site is secure. For USMMA specific COVID-19 resources, please visit our page. This is a decrease of $3.5 million from the FY 2020 Enacted level. The size of the student body contributes to a true sense of camaraderie among the members of the Regiment and permits the Academy to maintain an excellent student-teacher ratio. MARAD can not solve the problem of escalating tuition costs nationwide but it can, and has, prevented operating costs at KP from ballooning. Business Hours: 8:00am-4:00pm ET, M-F, United States Department of Transportation, Class of 1962 - 50 Years of Living the Mission. That would be a mistake. The sheer size of our military and global scope of American operations presents huge logistical challenges in both peace and in war.
It is highly unfair that some merchant marine students get free tuition while others are laden with debt but which side of that equation should MARAD work to balance? The Academy is located in Kings Point, New York. The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.
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