TRLMI is one of the largest maritime training institutes on the West Coast with training facilities in San Diego and Alameda. They offer more than 80 US Coast Guard approved maritime training courses.
“[TRLMI] will bring different classes that we haven’t been able to offer here in Orange County, ”said Kara Houston, project manager at OCC’s Professional Mariner Training Center. “They are going to bring their instructors and their program, which will open up opportunities for the maritime community here.”
In September, the Waterfront Campus inaugurated the Professional Mariner Training Center, a $ 22 million expansion at the Newport Harbor-based campus. The new facility added a classroom and laboratory, including a radar training lab and a full mission bridge simulator where students can practice using 45 different ship models.
The expansion made the partnership with TRLMI possible by giving the Waterfront Campus the space it needed to expand its study program and course offerings.
The OCC Waterfront campus has four programs: the Professional Sailor Program which offers a two-year academic certification course to OCC students; the Intercollegiate rowing program who forms the OCC crew teams; the Sailing and seamanship school who gives nautical education courses to the public; and the Continuous training of seafarers program that teaches courses to help professional mariners renew and upgrade their licenses and certifications.
The new TRLMI courses will be taught as part of the Mariner Continuing Education program and will be available to both OCC students and the local community. The new TRLMI classes being taught at Waterfront Campus next semester are Leadership and Management Skills, Leadership and Teamwork Skills, Advanced Fire Fighting, Bridge Resource Management, Ordinary Seaman , Ship personnel with designated safety functions, ship safety officer, Rating forming part of a navigation watch, and Electronic chart display information system.
The new course offerings will enable local sailors and OCC students to obtain certifications that will open up employment opportunities for them and help them advance in their careers.
“Providing the right educational resources to sailors in Orange County is one of our main goals, so that they can be prepared when they are on the water or as a support ashore,” said Houston. “We want to facilitate the safety and success of those crews and captains who participate in our programs. “
Registration for the new courses is available now and can be found at Campus Waterfront website.