Maritime introduces program to Alaska non-profit

Over 50 high school students and adults from Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF), an Alaskan non-profit, visited the Seattle Maritime Academy earlier this month to learn about careers in the maritime industry.

For two weeks, the students participated in Maritime’s Experience Maritime Project, a Washington Sea Grant-Funded initiative. The project introduces high school students to careers and pathways in the industry with hopes to encourage more youth to join the workforce.

During their visit, the students toured the academy, received a first-hand look at marine science and the engineering, manufacturing and repair of a vessel. Besides fishing, several students were not aware of the job opportunities available in the maritime industry. Upon completion of the program, many expressed interest in a maritime career.

CVRF has grown to be the largest seafood owner and operator in Alaska. Their mission is to provide the means for development of Western Alaska communities by creating opportunities for those who want to fish and work.