Tongue Point Job Corps

Hello gentleman,

I take off for training at tongue point job corps on the 3rd of Feb. I have some questions for experienced mariners. I was wondering if anyone could tell me about the quality of the training. If you’ve had the pleasure of working with anyone who trained here? If so, were they capable? Furthermore whats the best route for getting on a supply vessel. I realize that there are a few post already about guys complaining about the programs rules/regs/administration. What I really want to know is, will this program make me a capable AB, or does it just get my foot in the industry. I appreciate any replies.

Thanks Gent’s!

I knew a couple guys that went there…seemed like good boatmen. Definately a good place to get some training at, considering what you get coming out (AB and/or QMED).

Thanks ctony for the feedback from my understanding you can get both AB as well as QMED. It is also my understanding that they provide STCW as well.

I have had the pleasure to work with a handful of QMEDs from job corps over the years. If I had to choose between working with someone who has just worked for a few years to gain experience or someone who went through job corps, I’d choose the person who went through job corps.
My advice to you is to absorb all you can. As far as getting a job after, I think the workboat companies are aware of the value of job corps guys.

thank you both for your replies. i truly appreciate the honest advice.

I have known and worked with a couple Tongue Pt. guys. I also took my Lifeboatman there and have had a few of the guys (and gals) in my BST class, they partner with MERTS. They are for the most part stand-up guys. I also have met a few dirtbags there who plainly don’t belong.
You can graduate the program with a QMED & an AB (both) if you keep your nose to the grind stone and don’t involve yourself in the trap of “just getting by with the minimum effort”, you will understand what I mean after your first week. The program gives you a good leg-up and I hope you take advantage of the excellent opportunity you have.
Good luck.

Thanks to all of you. I truly appreciate the insight.

Recently had a cadet from Tongue Pt. aboard our boat. He was a good kid and had gained a lot of knowledge there. The school’s main vessel is a former USCG bouy tender. they have very little classroom time and a lot of on board underway time with hands on practical experience. Pay attention and learn, you will come out with two good documents and good experience. Good luck.