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MELISSA LANDON

Chair, University of Maine


MICHAEL AMES

Retired Ship Captain


MEG BEGLEY

Maine Ocean School Teacher


​TAMMY COOMBS

Front Street Shipyard


​LESLIE GREGORY

Maine Ocean School Teacher






Workforce & Community Development

The Leadership Forum is intended for Maine Ocean School and our partners to network, with the goals of: 1) partners learning about the school, 2) the school building new, and maintaining existing, partnerships, and 3) knowledge sharing and gathering that allows the school to provide high school students interested in marine-related careers with real-world skills and training. These events are hosted three times yearly in southern, central, and downeast Maine in conjunction with marine industry events.



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  • Workplace Experiential Learning: We are seeking partners who are willing to work with our educators to plan and implement workplace-based or school-based experiential, theme-based activities that complement the curriculum and provide students with valuable first-hand knowledge, and hands-on introduction to various workplace environments. These may include partial or full day site visits with an educational component or shorter duration field trips.


  • Individual Experiential Learning: We are seeking partners who are willing to work with an individual or small student group to provide summer or afterschool internship opportunities or professional mentorship at the school related to skills, professionalism, and career development.

TOM REMINGTON

Professor Emeritus, Emory University


JIM THERIAULT

Cianbro


GAYLE ZYDLEWSKI

Maine Sea Grant, UMaine






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  • The Partner Advisory Board consists of a group of industry and community leaders in the marine science, transportation, engineering, and management fields that: informs the School of statewide trends and skills needed by the marine workforce; assesses and provides feedback on the School’s current and planned efforts to provide real-world experiences, trainings, and certifications to students, and makes recommendations. The Board meets twice yearly during the academic year, and members are asked to serve two year, non-consecutive terms.

JAMIE HOUTZ

The Landing School


PHOEBE JEKIELEK

Hurricane Island Foundation


STACY KEEFER

Maine Marine Trades Association


BILL MOOK

Mook Sea Farm


​LINDSEY PINKHAM

Mid Coast First Aid






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The Maine Ocean School Workforce & Community Development Committee exists to enhance outreach to industry, business, organizations, and community programs to form partnerships and knowledge-sharing that advance the school’s mission of experiential education in the four major tracks of Marine Science, Transportation, Engineering, and Management and Stewardship.


The committee focuses its efforts in two ways:

  • Assisting the school’s educators in creating opportunities for students related to workplace-based learning and training, and certification for entry-level, post-secondary employment, that demonstrates to students how foundational technical, communications, and relationship-building knowledge and skills are applied in ‘real-world’ settings.


  • Outreach to, and development of relationships with, workforce and community partners to raise awareness, identify statewide trends and needs, and voice partner support and concerns. This includes coordinating the Partner Advisory Board and organizing several annual Leadership Forums to engage the maritime community across Maine.  

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