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Learning about blue economy careers at USM’s Marine Education Center

Twenty-three high school technical teachers from across the state visited USM’s Marine Education Center to learn about careers in the blue economy.

Teachers watched a presentation learning about GenSea programs offered at the center to raise awareness among their students.

The GenSea programs introduce students to the field of underwater mapping or hydrography, one of GenSea’s many career options.

Patrick Kirby, a research assistant, says he would like more people to join the maritime industry as there are so many jobs on the coast. “We have smart jobs for the smart kids here. They don’t have to leave. So I think a lot of our kids’ perception here is that you have to leave the state to pursue a STEM career, but that’s not the case.”

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