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    Students Explore the Maritime Industry During Mid-Winter Break
    Posted on 02/24/2020
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    The Seattle Skills Center is a free program in Seattle Public Schools that prepares students for careers, college, and life. The Skills Center provides advanced Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses that give students options to continue to career-focused learning in four-year colleges, earn post-secondary certification, or join the work force right out of high school. Through these courses, students can develop skills needed for careers in health and human services, science and technology, automotive technology, construction trades, culinary arts, maritime vessel operations, and much more.

    During mid-winter break, Feb. 17-21, students had the opportunity to explore the maritime industry by participating in a five-day course held in collaboration with the Center for Wooden Boats. Students were able to visit local vessels and maritime facilities, learn hands-on fundamentals of boat building, sail South Lake Union, learn to row and rig, and learn about diesel engines in boats. They also created a half-hull model out of wood that they were able to take home at the end of the week. This model is a replica of a boat that the Center for Wooden Boats uses out on the water.

    When talking about their experience, students expressed that they enjoyed learning about all different kinds of boats and how they have become more interested in maritime professions. They also liked the combination of hands-on experience and learning. The small cohort allowed students from across the district to get to know each other – all while learning. Although the course was only five days, students thought it was a great way to spend their break learning and exploring.

    Applications are now open for students to apply for course offerings over spring break, including Sailing the Salish Sea. This is a five-day, overnight exploration program where students will learn to sail a traditional Tall Ship aboard the historic Schooner Adventuress, stand watch, tie knots, navigate, and learn about the Salish Sea, while developing team building and leadership skills. The ship will depart and return to Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle and will sail in the Central Puget Sound. Students can apply now at
    The Skills Center offers credit-bearing courses throughout the regular school year and during the summer.

    Applications for Seattle Skills Center summer courses will be open soon and students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as many courses fill up quickly. Be the first to know when the summer applications open by filling out the Summer Interest Form. While these courses are encouraged for sophomores and juniors, all high school students can consult with their school counselor if a Skills Center program is right for them. Summer courses will include Intro to Graphic Arts, Intro to Recording Arts, Intro to Firefighting, and Intro to Careers in Teaching.

    The Skills Center is another way in which Seattle Public Schools is fulfilling our 5-year strategic plan, Seattle Excellence, by providing opportunities for students who are furthest from educational justice to graduate ready for college and career, and exposing students from all parts of the city to leadership development and hands-on learning . Courses are driven by market demand, there are no prerequisites to enter a Skills Center course, and students can explore careers and industries for free.

    Learn more about the Seattle Skills Center.

    Learn more about our 5-year strategic plan, Seattle Excellence.