MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Logo MMA headerFor over 100 years, actually 122 and counting, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has stood out as the nation’s oldest and highly regarded Maritime College.

The Academy is unique in many ways, not the least of which is our disciplined regimental experience to all cadets that provides the skills necessary to develop into good leaders. Cadets first learn to be part of a team and, over the four years, develop the requisite leadership experiences to eventually manage a group of others.

After its founding in 1891, the Academy’s primary educational focus was to prepare men and women for careers on land and sea. But that was yesterday, and yesterday’s gone. Today we do much more.

We now offer undergraduate degrees in Emergency Management, Facilities Engineering, International Maritime Business, Marine engineering, Marine Safety & Environmental Protection and Marine Transportation. Graduate degrees are offered in Emergency Management and Facilities Management.

And as a state university we are able to keep the cost affordable for our students.  In fact, our Academy has placed itself in the forefront of higher education. As noted in former education Secretary William J. Bennett’s recent book – “Is College worth It”…. Out of 4,000 colleges and universities in America, only 150 are worth going to and the ONLY public college in New England that made the list is Massachusetts Maritime.

During the last two decades we have clearly grown and prospered, developing new majors, and preparing our cadets for the ever changing world they will enter upon graduation. That is why this new partnership with the New England Council is such a valuable addition to our continued growth. Our President, Admiral Richard G. Gurnon, explains it this way:

“As Massachusetts Maritime Academy broadens its traditional base beyond the business of ships and sends her graduates into engineering, disaster response, marine safety, green-renewable energy and shipping positions throughout the New England, the events staged by the New England Council are perfect networking opportunities for us to meet important contacts in those diverse fields.”

Our staying ahead of the curve philosophy is clearly in evidence when visiting our beautiful Cape Cod Canal campus. The first thing that will stand out, beyond the beauty of our seaside location, is our 540 foot Training Ship – The TS Kennedy. She was named for the first Maritime Administrator, Joseph P. Kennedy. The ship, a floating classroom, takes our cadets to sea during our annual winter SEATERM SEMESTER.

But something else will also catch your eye as you enter campus – Our 660kW WIND TURBINE. Since 2006 the Academy began generating electricity. And while this was not the first step in sustainability…it was, as MMA Vice President Francis X. McDonald noted, a prominent statement in MMA’s commitment to a greener future.

Said he, “MMA’s sustainability program includes the installation of renewable energy systems including photovoltaic systems, combined heat and power microturbines, a vertical-axis wind generator, and a 48 well geothermal field. The Academy i9nitiated green cleaning and purchasing programs, comprehensive recycling, research into alternative energy processes including biofuel and hydro-kinetics, and energy and water efficiency measures.”

We are quite proud of our Academy, and quite proud of our new association with – The New England Council, as well.

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