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Corporate Services offering scholarships for October Basic Safety Training course for entry-level maritime jobs

Article by: Melinda Eddleman

After initiating the new Maritime Program this summer, Del Mar College’s (DMC) Workforce Programs and Corporate Services Division is offering their five-day Maritime Basic Safety Training course the week of Oct. 28. And, they’re offering scholarships to bring the out-of-pocket tuition cost down to only $350 while funding is available.

Additionally, Corporate Services has added a two-day eight-hour course, Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties, which is scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 29-30. This course costs $250.

Both courses are U.S. Coast Guard approved. The Maritime Basic Safety Training course is required for all mariners. The deadline to register for the two courses is Wednesday, Oct. 23.

The Maritime Basic Safety Training course is comprised of four disciplines, and students must demonstrate proficiency in each, including basic fire fighting (6 hours), personal survivor techniques (12 hours with swimming required), personal safety and social responsibility (4 hours) and first aid/CPR (8 hours). Participants will receive a certificate of completion for each class successfully completed during the 40-hour course.

The new Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties course covers many requirements and regulations concerning security measures onboard a vessel. Those who complete this course will be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge to carry out the duties assigned under the Vessel Security Plan. Among several issues covered, the course includes:

• current security threats and patterns,• recognition and detection of weapons,• dangerous substances and devices,• techniques used to circumvent security measures,• crowd management, and• emergency procedures.DMC Workforce Programs and Corporate Services, in conjunction with San Jacinto College’s Maritime Technology and Training Center and the Southeast Maritime and Transportation Center, currently is working to establish a full training program that addresses multiple skills levels that local maritime employers seek.

Have questions about either course or ready to register? Contact Jalyn Stineman, DMC Corporate Services Maritime Program coordinator, at 361-698-2181 or jstineman@delmar.edu.

Individuals can also visit the Corporate Services web page for details at www.delmar.edu/continuing-education/career.html

About Del Mar College

Del Mar College empowers students to achieve their dreams. We offer quality programs, individual attention, outstanding instruction through faculty with real-world experience and affordable costs to credit and noncredit students in Corpus Christi and the South Texas Coastal Bend area. Nationally recognized while locally focused, we’re ranked in the top two percent of community colleges in the country granting associate degrees to Hispanic students (Community College Week). Del Mar College focuses on offering our students programs that match current or emerging career opportunities. Whether students are interested in the fine arts, sciences, business, occupational or technical areas, students get the education they need for the future they want at Del Mar College.