Maritime Institute plans to offer courses at a new mariner training facility at the Port of Everett starting in January.
The port and the San Diego-based training facility announced July 31 that they have signed a 10-year lease on a location at the port’s Waterfront Place. The location at 1130 West Marine View Dr. would house a satellite facility that would offer classroom and on-the-water training and certification opportunities for current and potential mariners in the Pacific Northwest, especially Washington state, the port said.
For Maritime Institute, which owns Pacific Maritime Magazine, Fishermen’s News and other trade publications, the location would be its first in Washington state. The company, which has trained more than 10,000 mariners annually and offers more than 150 courses authorized by the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy, hosts main campuses in Norfolk, Virginia and San Diego, as well as satellite locations in Alameda, Calif. and Honolulu.
With more than 60% of jobs in Snohomish County alone tied to trade, it is crucial to have accessible pathways to maritime education, port CEO Lisa Lefeber said.
“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.”
Maritime Institute CEO Dave Abrams said he and his company are excited about the opportunity to come to Everett.
“This will be a great place for our business, as we bring a valuable service to the community for training local mariners,” he said. “We look forward to helping people in the Everett area and throughout the Pacific Northwest start and grow their careers in the maritime industry.”