Seaports Magazine - Summer 2015 - (Page 16)

»FEATURE PORT EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR THE NExT GENERATION By Lori Musser B rute strength and a cast-iron stomach were prerequisites for a port or maritime job in days gone by, but today's employees are more likely to need to speak multiple languages or hold an advanced degree in cybersecurity. Ports and port partners, such as those who operate terminals, equipment, vessels and inland transportation, focus on a broad range of careers integral to the working of a multi-modal hub. From landscaper to longshoreman to linesperson, individuals on a port's front-line can make or break A visiting student at the Port of Halifax talks to stakeholders about its China research and business development initiative. 16 AAPA SEAPORTS MAGAZINE its success. The size and competence of the port and maritime workforce must be adequate now and years into the future. To be proactive, ports, academic institutions, government departments and others offer programs aimed at cultivating career interest, helping future candidates acquire prerequisites for employment, and honing the skills of rookie maritime workers. Innovative Solutions at Manatee Most ports conduct educational outreach programs for the general public. These efforts usually have a primary goal of good corporate citizenship, but they can also ignite interest in careers in trade, transportation and ports. Virginia Zimmerman, marketing and public relations manager for Port Manatee, said that, during the cooler months, the port offers free open-air tours to share information while keeping tabs on the pulse of the community. Aligning the port with community interests is particularly important in a less-populated region where the port plays a very large role. Port Manatee also offers several training programs for current employees and partners. After 9-11, David St. Pierre, deputy director of seaport security, identified a serious need for training to help tenants and others meet new security obligations and regulations. The programs, which are certified by MARAD, have now schooled more than 1,000 security officers from across the United States. The port also trains commercial and recreational boaters. Under a program called Zone Watch, in affiliation with the U.S. Coast Guard, boaters join a communitybased policing effort that assists in the enforcement of a security zone in waters near Port Manatee. Under federal regulations, boating enthusiasts require Coast Guard permission to enter the zone. Zone

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

AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
A Paradigm Shift
U.S. Ports Benefit Economy
Port Education and Training Programs for the Next Generation
WRRDA One Year Later
Saltwater in His Veins
We Need to Invest in the Backbone of Our Economy
MARAD Programs Help Ports Stay Strong
Preparing the Port Leaders of Tomorrow
Index of Advertisers

Seaports Magazine - Summer 2015