With maritime occupations in demand, MCC has entered into an articulation agreement with Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Maritime Academy. The Northwestern Michigan program is one of only six State Maritime programs in the country, authorized by an Act of Congress. This will allow a Maritime program at Muskegon Community College (MCC) to begin early 2011. Through the agreement, students will be able to enroll in an initial year of academic courses before beginning course work at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy. A Bachelor's degree is part of the Maritime Academy’s curriculum outcomes. Students, (maritime cadets), will benefit from a partnership the Academy has with Ferris State University. Cadets graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from FSU, a four year educational experience, in addition to their Maritime Technology degree that includes three semesters at sea--learning while underway aboard ship. Graduates are qualified to sail upon the Great Lakes or oceans as Licensed Merchant Marine Officers in charge of managing and operating the largest ships in the world. According to the 2008-2009 Occupational Outlook Handbook, water transportation occupations will increase 16 percent from 2006-2016.
Acceptance to the Great Lakes Maritime Academy is competitive with 60 incoming cadets admitted each fall. Students will need to apply to the Academy at www.nmc.edu/maritime prior to, or while taking courses at MCC. A federal background check, letters of reference, physical exam and a minimum ACT test score of 20 are requirements of the application. The Academy offers a unique career opportunity that is in high demand with credentials recognized worldwide. The articulation agreement between Great Lakes Maritime Academy and MCC allows the transfer of general education credits directly into the maritime program.