LAUNCHING THE MARITIME HIGH SCHOOL
Thursday April 22, 2021 | 5:30 PM (PST)
Learn how a student-centered, equity-driven, and maritime-focused education can make a difference for our youth and community.
Join us for the kickoff event! Meet the inaugural principal and discover how project-based learning will ignite powerful youth development experiences at the Maritime High School.
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Our students have choices. With pathways into the trades, college and professional degrees, the school provides opportunities to engage in hands-on learning with experts in classrooms, in laboratories, on vessels, and in businesses. Diving deep into authentic, relevant practices, students follow their interests to learn a trade, earn industry certifications, and pursue the post-secondary path of their choosing, leading to careers on vessels, in management, and across the wide range of careers in the maritime world. At the same time, the school collaborates with community organizations, maritime professionals and industry employers to address skill gaps, employer readiness, and system barriers that constrain young and diverse people.
Inclusive programs, policies, and practices ensure that quality education and maritime career opportunities are accessible to all. Focused efforts are made to recruit, engage, prepare, and empower students who are under-represented in maritime and ocean science careers, emphasizing students of color, students furthest from educational justice and opportunities, and girls. In partnership, we work with—not for—the communities we serve.
830 maritime businesses in King County alone provide 19,500 jobs that pay on average $82,800 per year. The maritime industry projects a job shortage of 150,000 mariners by 2025, as the sector continues to grow an average of 6.4% a year, buoyed by the latest technologies. The Maritime High School will address the workforce gap by training today’s students for well-paid, meaningful and lasting careers.
Humanity faces a great and urgent challenge as we confront the devastating effects of climate change and heed the call for environmental justice. Students are well-poised to craft solutions with a multidisciplinary lens to address highly interdependent environmental, social and economic elements of our region and the world. Leaders in safeguarding a sustainable future, they are prepared to advance environmental justice and prioritize social cohesion for a more responsible future for generations to come.
“Our aim is not to just meet students where they are, but where they dream of being.”
—Tremain Holloway, Inaugural Principal
“We’re unlocking human potential by creating powerful connections to the sea, to create a courageous and resilient world. Because the sea is the most powerful teacher we know.“
—Jake Beattie, Executive Director, Northwest Maritime Center
Meet the Maritime High School partner organizations
MHS is a collaborative project of Highline Public Schools, Northwest Maritime Center, Port of Seattle, and the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, with many community and industry partners engaged to support the students.
Highline Public Schools
Highline Public Schools serves approximately 18,000 students grades K-12 in the communities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and White Center in Washington State.
Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition
DRCC elevates the voice of those impacted by the Duwamish River pollution and other environmental injustices to advocate for a clean, healthy, and equitable environment for people and wildlife. They promote placekeeping and prioritize community capacity and empowerment.
Port of Seattle
Founded in 1911 by a vote of the people as a special purpose government, the Port of Seattle's mission is to promote economic opportunities and quality of life in the region by advancing trade, travel, commerce and job creation in an equitable, accountable and environmentally responsible manner.
Northwest Maritime Center
The mission of the NWMC is to engage and educate people of all generations in traditional and contemporary maritime life, in a spirit of adventure and discovery. in service to the local community and maritime industry, but mostly because regardless of the subject, the sea is the most powerful teacher we know.