KINGS POINT, N.Y., April 8, 2015 – Today, the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) held its annual Shipping-Out Fair for the Class of 2015. The event, which was coordinated by the Department of Professional Development and Career Services, welcomed 28 maritime unions, vessel owners and operators, military representatives and maritime-related Federal Agencies.
“These employers are all seeking members of the Class of 2015 for obligation fulfilling employment”, said Captain Eugene Albert, Department Head, Professional Development & Career Services. “ I am confident that the Class of 2015 will return to sea after graduation.”
First Classmen are excited about the many opportunities that will be available upon graduation. Midshipman Margaret Queally, said, “It is encouraging to see that so many companies travelled to USMMA for this year’s Shipping-Out Fair. As a student, you always hear about the different opportunities and jobs available after graduation. However, it is the job fair that lets us students really see and interact with the different maritime companies. During our sea year, we only get a small glimpse of the maritime industry, it is through these events that we see all this industry has to offer and all the different opportunities we have while fulfilling our obligation.”
Midshipman Bueal Thomas George discussed his future plans. He said, “I like ship handling. I want to be a mate and one day a captain of an Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV). I am excited about the opportunities that the companies at the job fair are offering!”
The graduating class has reason to be optimistic; the Academy proudly maintains near 100 percent job placement.