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Students in the Maritime and Marine Science Academy Get Rare Chance to Network with Professionals

February 12, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications


Tampa, Fla. – (February 12, 2019) – Students from Jefferson and Blake High School’s Maritime and Marine Science Programs will have an amazing opportunity to meet with business leaders in their field of study to learn about career opportunities after graduation.

On Wednesday, February 13, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Jefferson High School will host the 4th Annual Maritime Expo. The school is located at 4401 W. Cypress St., Tampa.

Students and their families will be able to meet with leaders of local businesses and organizations including: Mosaic, Florida Fish and Wildlife, Port Tampa Bay, Orion Marine Group, Great Lakes Maritime, USF St. Pete Marine Science, Gulf Marine, Hendry Marine and The Florida Aquarium.

Members of the media will be able to see students participate in the Maritime Simulator. Interview opportunities will also be available with students in the Maritime Program from Blake and Jefferson High Schools; as well as Program Director John Paradis and marine science and maritime professionals.

The Maritime and Marine Environmental Leadership Academy at Jefferson High School is in its sixth year and equips students with college ready, professional skills needed to excel in life. Students benefit from honors level curricula, paid internships for on-the-job training, industry certifications, theme focused field trips and guest speakers, participation in professional clubs, and community service opportunities. Students who go into a career in maritime and marine science can start out making more than $50,000 right out of high school.

The program has developed partnerships with the Tampa Propeller Club, Tampa Port Authority and The Florida Aquarium. Each year, these partners make it possible for freshmen Maritime and Marine Science students at Jefferson High School to tour Port Tampa Bay and the American Victory Ship. Thanks to these partnerships, the annual field trip is fully funded. The partnerships also provide guest speakers from the port to visit students in the classroom.

Jefferson High School freshman Ridan Duardo says his dreams after graduation include pursuing a career as a ship captain. He is excited about visiting other parts of the world. “I enjoy learning what the ships do, where they go, how they get there, what they specialize in, who builds them, what they carry, pretty much everything you need to know about the ocean life and what we need to do to protect and save it,” said Duardo.




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