EVERETT MAY 22: On Wednesday afternoon the Maritime Institute training center introduced its new satellite location at the Port of Everett Waterfront which will provide training courses to the Pacific Northwest starting in the Fall. The Everett location is the first Maritime Institute site in Washington state.

Ribbon cutting for the grand opening of the Everett Maritime Institute, May 22 2024.

“Everett has a long maritime history as you all know, between building ships in our early days to the development of our amazing port and our naval station, we are incredibly proud of that history and value the relationships that we have with the Port and the Navy. Our city is really proud to have high-quality educational partners and systems here,” Mayor of Everett Cassie Franklin said.

Working with local workforce agencies and maritime employers, courses offered at the Port will be intended to serve the interests and growing maritime needs in Snohomish County and the Puget Sound Region, including applicable mariner training for Washington State Ferries and commercial shipyards according to last year’s press release.

CEO of the Port of Everett Lisa Lefeber said this project has been in the works since before the pandemic. Working with Dave Abrams, CEO of Maritime Institute, they brought the institute to Everett to be closer to those in Canada, Washington State, and Oregon.

With Washington state being the most trade-dependent state in the nation, and with more than 60% of jobs in Snohomish County alone tied to trade, it is crucial we have accessible pathways to maritime education,” Lefeber said. “As a port, our mission is growing and promoting access to family-wage jobs. Recruiting a maritime training center to serve Snohomish County and the greater region has been a top priority for us, not only to fulfill this mission, but to also ensure a skilled and diverse maritime workforce in the future.”

The Maritime Institute has provided mariners with training on all subjects pertaining to vessel operations while meeting U.S. Coast Guard standards for 50 years. Last year they signed a 10-year lease to operate in Everett.

“One of the key programs offered in Everett is Maritime Bootcamp – a four-week training program that puts students with little to no experience on a career pathway in maritime,” Media and Marketing Coordinator for the Port of Everett Kate Anderson wrote in an email.

The courses at the institute are open to anyone interested in becoming a licensed captain, renewing a maritime license, or enhancing a maritime career. To see more about course options, see here: https://maritimeinstitute.com/everett-courses/

The institute currently hosts main campuses in Norfolk, Virginia and San Diego, California, plus satellite locations in Alameda, California, and Honolulu, Hawaii and now Everett.

“The Port had space within our Maritime Exploration and Innovation Complex to support their [Maritime Institute] program goals and our County and State workforce development needs, so it was a perfect fit and we are happy they made this investment in our community,” wrote Anderson.