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» GUEST VIEWPOINT Port of Port Arthur's Camp Sea Port Sails into the Future By Linda Turner Spears Port of Port Arthur Navigation District W e have a great youth program at the Port of Port Arthur that has progressively enriched the lives of young people in the community for almost a decade. Camp Sea Port has worked with more than 100 local high schoolers, making sure that our mission to provide opportunities for youth to explore maritime careers is carried out in excellence. Our attention to each camper who explores the diverse careers available in the maritime industry enhances the overall week-long learning experience. We make sure that our campers, their parents, friends and even siblings pass on the great work of Camp Sea Port to our entire community. Most of my working career as an educator has given me the privilege to serve people. As a member of one of the finest port boards in the industry, I am proud to make its educational program one of the best. My greatest joy is to meet our former campers' parents and listen to them tell me that they never knew port business was so exciting or that they never knew how many careers were available at the port. Hearing that Camp Sea Port opened their eyes to new work opportunities makes my day. It was so exciting to learn about the outreach program of Port Saint John during the 2014 AAPA Annual Convention in Houston, Texas. Their kind remarks about Camp Sea Port and how their program was inspired by the work we are doing at the Port of Port Arthur was very meaningful. You can never go wrong with focusing on career alternatives that fit today's workforce. I believe that port communities, associations and organizations should support all efforts to help get the word out that the maritime industry is a great place to work and to take care of your family. Volunteers are key to Camp Sea Port's success. Pilots, tug boat workers, barge operators, vessel repair workers, surveyors, engineers, longshoreman laborers, federal partners, seafarers and educators Port of Port Arthur Commissioner Linda Turner Spears, Angie Moore and Executive Port Director Floyd Gaspard. help make Camp Sea Port a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our campers. Seafarer Center President Doreen Badeaux and Coastal-Marine County Extension Agent Terrie Looney create hands-on learning experiences for our youth. Education consultant Dr. Natalie Tuck Bonner has written a cross-discipline maritime curriculum enabling more community stakeholders to become involved in the process. Finally, Board President John Comeaux, Port of Port Arthur commissioners, Executive Port Director Floyd Gaspard and the entire port staff play a vital role in increasing the awareness of the port to the entire community through Camp Sea Port. While Camp Sea Port has been a success, we continue to look for ways to expand the program in the future. I am pleased to announce that in February 2015 we kicked off a Second Phase STEAM Program of Camp Sea Port that will offer former campers a six-week learning experience focusing on shipbuilding and galley cooking. It is an honor to inspire and provide an in-depth view of the maritime industry to our youth, and that's a message I convey to business partners, community leaders, legislators, regulators and other stakeholders. Camp Sea Port is the way we connect with our community at the Port of Port Arthur, and we are sticking with it because we know it works. ● Commission Linda Turner Spears has served on the port's board since 2007. She has served in various capacities including President and Vice President, and she is currently Secretary-Treasurer. Camp Sea Port is sponsored by the Port of Port Arthur Navigation District and a recipient of the 2010 AAPA Stake holder Awareness, Education and Involvement Award. SPRING 2015 * WWW.AAPASEAPORTS.COM 31 http://WWW.AAPASEAPORTS.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Spring 2015

AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
Building a Strong Brand
Laying a Foundation for Success
How Tenants and the Freight Community Bring a Brand to Life
The Value of Awards for Ports
Ensuring Cost-Efficient Transportation to Global Markets
‘Welcome to Our Port’
Port of Port Arthur’s Camp Sea Port Sails into the Future
Advocating Seaports Issues Before Policymakers
Index of Advertisers

Seaports Magazine - Spring 2015