BS Marine Technology ranks as top ocean engineering program

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College is the only community college and the only non-coastal school to make an online ranking of the top ocean engineering programs in the nation. lists NMC’s Bachelor of Science in Marine Technology program as the fourth most-focused ocean engineering program in the country, behind only the U.S. Naval Academy, Florida Institute of Technology and the University of Rhode Island.

“The bachelor’s of science in Marine Technology at NMC is directly focused on developing the global workforce in support of the new blue economy. Our program is unique in that it provides the applied skills and competencies directly required by businesses and industries,” said Hans Van Sumeren, director of NMC’s Great Lakes Water Studies Institute. “NMC BSMT graduates work throughout the Great Lakes, United States, and around the world. They are highly competitive in the job market and bring a diverse set of skills to their employers.”

NMC’s bachelor’s degree in Marine Technology offers students the opportunity to gain technical skills and competencies leading toward a better understanding of the world’s dynamic water resources. Graduates of the program have 100-percent employment in the marine industry. (Read about one successful student here.) Associate degrees in Engineering Technology-Marine and Freshwater Studies are also available. Find out more at

Release date: February 2, 2022

For more information:

Hans Van Sumeren
Director, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute
(231) 995-1793


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