Maritime Education

In 2009, Port Houston brought together stakeholders that included industry professionals, academia, chambers of commerce and economic alliances that could assist in solving the problem of our aging maritime workforce; thus, the Port of Houston Partners in Maritime Education Program was formed. This group of maritime industry leaders, educational institutions, business organizations, and Port Houston took the first step in developing tomorrow’s maritime workforce by creating maritime academy programs in area high schools.

Three specific goals of the program are to introduce an increasing number of youth to maritime career opportunities in port related industries; encourage higher education in the maritime field; and to continue developing partnerships between port employers and education institutions so that relevant education programs continue to be accessible to develop tomorrow’s maritime workforce. The program has become a national model and was introduced to the White House in a summary booklet “The Next Generation of Maritime Leaders.”

For more information regarding the Port Houston Maritime Education initiative and a copy of the complete Houston Ship Channel Centennial Educator’s Guide, please email, or call 713-670-2806.

Six high schools in four school districts adjacent to the Houston Ship Channel now recruit the best students for curriculums as long as four years focused on maritime careers and skills. The instructors have all previously worked at the port in various fields such as U.S. Coast Guard and logistics/supply chain management. The private sector maritime employers have been particularly supportive of the program, providing funds, speakers and field trips to workplaces. In addition, Port Houston also partnered with Texas Southern University (TSU) in Houston to develop a four-year academic degree program in Maritime Transportation Management and Security. This degree program addresses three nationally-recognized priorities—logistics, security and environment—in a single curriculum.

Maritime Education High Schools
• Dr. Kirk Lewis Technical High School, Pasadena ISD
• Galena Park High School, Galena Park ISD
• Jack Yates High School, Houston ISD
• La Porte High School, La Porte ISD
• North Shore High School, Galena Park ISD
• Stephen F. Austin School for Maritime Studies, Houston ISD

Program benefits
• Dual course credits
• Exposure to maritime careers such as U.S. Coast Guard, US Customs & Border Protection, vessel pilot, warehousing and logistics

Colleges and Universities
• Houston Community College: Certifications and Associate Degrees in maritime and logistics.
• San Jacinto College: Associate Degrees in Maritime Technology; Maritime training and course work for all professional mariners
• Texas A&M Maritime Academy at Galveston: Major degree programs with professional licensing for maritime professions
• Texas Southern University: Maritime Transportation Management and Security degree program in partnership with Port Houston; Houston’s first university degree program related to maritime transportation and security; first such program at any historically black college and university in the country.