The Port Authority’s commitment to education and workforce development extends from the elementary school level all the way through college. Preparing students for careers in the maritime industry is not only important to meeting the workforce needs of the Port of Houston, but it is also important to the regional economy.
Since 2004 during the summer months, the Port Authority has offered valuable work experience to college students through a paid internship program. Interns work throughout the Port Authority’s many departments before returning to their colleges in the fall. Each spring when applications are taken for summer internship positions, information is posted on this website in the Employment section.
The Texas Southern University’s Maritime Transportation Management and Security degree program was developed in partnership with the Port Authority. It is Houston’s first university degree program related to maritime transportation and security and the first such program at any historically black college and university in the country.
The program offers undergraduate study in Maritime Transportation Management and Security. Scholarship information can be found here.
The Port Authority is also working with these other institutions of higher education that have graduate and undergraduate maritime career-related degree programs:
At the high school level, students are attending maritime academies at Stephen F. Austin and Jack Yates in the Houston Independent School District, and also at the La Porte (30) and Pasadena school districts. A four-year curriculum developed by the U.S. Maritime Administration is used to introduce these students to the maritime transportation systems and career pathways as mariners, and in shipbuilding and repair, and port operations.
This video produced by the Jack Yates School of Communications shows two graduates of the Maritime Academy at Stephen F. Austin High School who landed jobs with Gulf Stream Marine at the Port of Houston.
At Port Houston and Pleasantville Elementary Schools, Port Authority employee volunteers teach business skills and civic involvement using Junior Achievement. Port Houston Elementary fourth- and fifth-grade students learn about water conservation through the WaterWise program, an educational partnership between the Port Authority and the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District that provides educational and functional tools to assist in water conservation at the students’ homes. Each participating student receives a kit containing activities for various water-related investigation scenarios, high-efficiency shower heads and water soluble dye in tablet form for detecting toilet leaks.
Teachers often take their students on the free Sam Houston boat tour of the port to enhance their knowledge of international trade and the role the port plays in the regional and national economy.
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