I’m here at MITAGS (maritime institute of technology and graduate studies) for the first time taking a 1 week course on Advanced Meteorology for my unlimited chief mate/masters upgrade. The setting is excellent, the room & board are good, the instructor seems knowledgeable, I’m learning a lot, and I’m meeting many interesting people as well as a few old shipmates.
I would recommend MITAGS to anyone, union members or not.
FYI on MITAGs I received today:
Good Morning Captain,
The MITAGS program in it’s entirety has been approved by AMU/APUS retroactively to 2002. Please submit a Transcript Release Authorization from AMU to MITAGS for your record release and AMU will evaluate the separate courses taken towards your degree program.
Congratulations, you are the first person to transfer the MITAGS CMM courses to AMU!
Maritime Institute of Technology and
Graduate Studies (MITAGS)
692 Maritime Blvd.
Linthicum Hts., MD 21090
From: Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 11:03 PM
To: XXX XXX
Subject: APU - MITAGs partnership
Good morning Mr. XXX,
I just read on Maritime Executive about APU granting academic credit for classes at MITAGs. I took several Chief Mate upgrade classes at MITAGS between 2003 and 2005. I’m also already about a third of the way through APU’s Transportation Management program.
Is that approval retroactive to classes taken that long ago?
I have expressed some frustration with MITAGS in the past, but I must say - I would recommend MITAGS to anyone as well. From the instructors, to the administrative staff, to the conference center personnel everyone went way out of the way to assist me. I have no experience with the other schools, but I have no regrets with having chosen MITAGS (Even easier to say now that I have completed all CMM classes)
MITAGS has an excellent simulator program also.
I’ve been to MITAGS twice now. As far as I’m concerned they can’t be beat. Knowledgable instructors, nice facilities and accomodations and good chow.
Out of curiousity, would you guys reccomend taking all the C/m upgrade courses spread out over the several years of building up sea time or do it all in one big chunck when you’re ready to test for the license?
[QUOTE=CMA_Decky;33417]Out of curiousity, would you guys reccomend taking all the C/m upgrade courses spread out over the several years of building up sea time or do it all in one big chunck when you’re ready to test for the license?[/QUOTE]
MITAGs Advance Stability was a good license prep class just before I sat for the license. All the others weren’t much help with license. My advice would be leave Stability for last. Take the rest when and where you can, as your schedule allows.
to answer CMA_deckie there are variables to consider:
2. time away from job
3. time away from family/friends
4. desirability of having 12 weeks of intense classroom studies back to back.
as is my general approach to life, I recommend a middle of the road approach: take 2 weeks of classes every 6-8 weeks. the benefits to this are financial, practical, and social. to wit, [U]financial:[/U] even if a 3rd party is paying for your school it's easier to spread it out over time plus this way maybe you can ship between classes if you choose; [U]practical:[/U] regardless of what naysayers on this site say, the classes are informative, intense, and as a professional mariner you should be doing your damnedest to learn as much as you can from both the teachers, staff, & classmates - this is easier to do when not burnt out from weeks and weeks of endless class; [U]social:[/U] keeping up with family and friends in our line of work is especially important, it is very easy to wander off out to sea and lose all sense of "home", don't go away for 12 weeks unless you really need to.
[QUOTE=Orniphobe;33419]MITAGs Advance Stability was a good license prep class just before I sat for the license. All the others weren’t much help with license. My advice would be leave Stability for last. Take the rest when and where you can, as your schedule allows.[/QUOTE]
I agree totally
Hi all, going to Maryland MITAGS next winter for the whole kit and caboodle. Was curious about recommended readings prior to taking the next step.