A groundbreaking and innovative partnership between Highline Public Schools, Northwest Maritime Center, and Seattle Maritime Academy has recently been established to help address the increasing need for maritime employees in the Pacific Northwest.

Beginning in the 2023-24 school year, Maritime High School students entering grade 11 can select to participate in a two-year Vessel Operations, Design, and Maintenance pathway at Seattle Maritime Academy. The partnership agreement will enable students to graduate high school with both a high school diploma and essential maritime credentials, such as the Qualified Member of the Engineering Department (QMED), a highly sought-after industry qualification. All costs associated with attending Seattle Maritime Academy and earning maritime certifications and screenings will be covered in full for participating Maritime High School students.

“We are excited for our students as they embark on these pathways and are grateful for the partnership with Seattle Maritime Academy,” says Highline Public Schools Superintendent Ivan Duran. “This partnership underscores our commitment to preparing students for the future they choose. Working together with our partners, we equip students with what they need to chart their course in the maritime industry and beyond.”

Since opening in 2021, it has been the mission of Maritime High School to prepare its graduates for maritime careers or post-secondary education to continue marine-related studies.

“There are incredible opportunities in maritime careers. We need more collaborations like this if we’re going to connect the incredible opportunities with young people. Bridging the gap between high school, college, and careers is critical,” said Jake Beattie, Chief Executive Officer of the Northwest Maritime Center.

Maritime High School is currently accepting students entering grades 9-11. The school is open to any student who is interested in maritime studies, whether they live within Highline Public Schools boundaries or not. To learn more or apply to attend Maritime High School for the 2023-24 school year, visit: www.maritime.highlineschools.org/