T/S State of Michigan departs for annual training cruise

TRAVERSE CITY — Forty-eight cadets from Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Maritime Academy plus a chef intern from the Great Lakes Culinary Institute will depart aboard the T/S State of Michigan on the first of three training cruises this Saturday, May 20. The ship is expected to depart the Great Lakes campus harbor at 6 p.m.

The training ship will be at sea through Oct. 27, providing an opportunity for about 110 cadets to earn required sea time. Cadets must earn 360 days of required sea time during their four-year program. GLMA and GLCI have also collaborated for several years to offer internships to NMC culinary students during the sailing season. GLCI students who have completed an underway internship are in high demand by the shipping industry. A Culinary Maritime certificate that will expand opportunities for students in this specialty area will be offered in Fall 2023.

As one of only six state maritime academies, Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Maritime Academy educates and trains deck and engineering officers for the U.S. Merchant Marine. Graduates earn a bachelor’s degree, and an unlimited tonnage/horsepower merchant marine license. Read more about the Academy and see the cruise itinerary at nmc.edu/maritime.

Release date: May 17, 2023

For more information:

RADM Jerry Achenbach
Great Lakes Maritime Academy Superintendent
(231) 995-1203

Editors: For departure time updates on Saturday, contact Chuck Miller at (702) 281-1063.


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