I am looking for some insight. Recent knowledge and pros and cons for this school program? Job outlook for grads from Seattle? Acceptance in the mariner community? Cost benefit analysis, vs hawespipe route(nearly impossible to get initially hired with OS right now) vs academy route. Also time analysis. I can do academy, but I am 43. I am extremely fit and youthful. I have a BS in Business and have near acceptance at SUNY Maritime Grad prog. Could get into others but I want to start training asap. 2.5 yrs to complete SUNY or Maine but would have to start next year. I am accepted as Seattle Maritime and can start end of september. One year program grad w/ seatime, internship, well here’s their whole spiel for program outcome (I have looked in Piney Point but at Maine Maritime friend and Master said there is much corruption and favoritism there, no offense) link; http://seattlecentral.edu/programs/marinedeck.php
Here it is. THanks to all who reply!!
Seattle Maritime Academy is offering the Marine Deck Technology curriculum as a 61-64-credit program. Students successfully completing this rigorous program will be awarded a certificate in Marine Deck Technology from Seattle Central Community College. Each graduate who successfully completes the program receives eight months of sea service credit towards a license as Master of Inland Steam or Motor Vessels of Not More Than 100 Gross Tons, or eight months of sea service credit towards a license as Mate of Near Coastal Steam or Motor Vessels of Not More Than 200 Gross Tons. This sea service credit is 2/3 of the total required sea service for these licenses. By completing this program, the student also receives 8 months sea service credit towards an Able Seaman-Special endorsement or one-third of the required sea service credit for any other Able Seaman endorsement. Graduates satisfy both the written and practical examination requirements for both the Able Seaman and the Lifeboatman endorsements. Students will receive the Lifeboatman endorsement at graduation. The Marine Deck Technology Certificate Program also qualifies each graduate for an STCW “ratings forming part of a navigational watch” endorsement.
Students receive 6 months sea service credit towards a license as Apprentice Mate (Steersman) of Near Coastal Uninspected Towing Vessels. By interning for 90 days instead of 30 days, students without previous sea service will have enough sea time for AB-Special at graduation