CONTACT: Susan Nahmias
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Annapolis, MD February 15, 2011
Over 500 high-school aged young people and their parents came together to learn more about careers and jobs on and around the water on the last Saturday in February. The venue was the first annual Marine and Maritime Career Fair, sponsored by The National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame, Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the Eastport Yacht Club Foundation. The event is designed to give county students a glimpse of the vast array of possible careers available working on or near the Chesapeake Bay and the nation’s waterways.
The 25 organizations exhibiting at the fair included some national in scope like the Maritime Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Naval and Merchant Marine academies as well as local recreational boating businesses such as Bay Shore Marine Engine Service and Annapolis Harbor Boatyard. The enthusiasm of the exhibitors was typified by Corporal Cameron Brown of the Maryland Natural Resources Police who explained his agency’s interest in the event. “… We think it is important to educate young adults about the various different careers that are available to them in the marine environment… like police, fisheries, engineers, coastal programs. It’s important that young people know, especially in Anne Arundel County, with so much water around us, that so many different jobs are available to them.”
Arundel High junior James Johnson was able to “… talk to military recruiters and get information… and find out about different jobs I could look into and still be working around the water. I’m a lifetime fisherman and I love being around the water.”
Susan Nahmias, Education Director for the Sailing Hall of Fame and the prime organizer of the event summed it up as “… a great first effort. We’ll be back next year.”
FIRST ANNUAL MARINE AND MARITIME CAREER FAIR TO PROMOTE MARINE TRADES EDUCATION
Annapolis, MD February 15, 2011--- Young people interested in careers on and around the water have a unique opportunity to learn more about employment options in the marine industry this month.
The National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame, The Eastport Yacht Club Foundation and Anne Arundel County Public Schools are producing a Marine and Maritime Career Fair on Saturday, February 26 from 1 to 4 PM at Annapolis High School on Riva Road. The fair, the first of its kind in the Annapolis area, will give students from grades 8 through 12 the opportunity to meet representatives from such diverse maritime employers and resources as the US Naval, Merchant Marine and Coast Guard Academies, the Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association, tour boat operators and many local marine service providers. In all, more than 50 organizations will have representatives on hand to meet with interested students and discuss career opportunities in the field, ranging from military to recreational boating.
According to Susan Nahmias, Education Director for the Sailing Hall of Fame, and organizer of the fair, “The National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame has partnered with the Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the Eastport Yacht Club Foundation to present our first MARINE and MARITIME CAREER FAIR on Saturday, February 26. The fair will be at Annapolis High School from 1 - 4 PM. The purpose of this fair is to introduce students in grades 8 - 12 (and their parents/guardians) to the vast array of CAREERS that directly connect to the Chesapeake Bay and the education and training required. We hope that by presenting a Career Fair rather than a job fair, students and their parents will gain a better understanding of the preparation necessary to be a viable candidate for these jobs. The fair was designed to provide a stimulus for students seeking employment/training directly out of high school as well as those who will pursue advanced degrees.”
“As a follow up,” Stephanie Duncan-Troxell, Chair of the Eastport Yacht Club Foundation, explained, “The Eastport Yacht Club Foundation website will have a dedicated location within the MAST (MArine Skills Training) page where after-school, weekend and summer jobs and internships can be posted as they may come available."