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Maritime, Transportation Technology and Intermodal Management Education at MCTC & USCG Training at Mountwest Maritime Academy, Huntington

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Mountwest Community & Technical College (MCTC) was founded in 1975 as a separate college within Marshall University to better serve students by bringing together many of the two-year associate degree programs under one college. Classes began in the fall of 1975 with a wide range of programs. From the outset, the college’s mission has been to provide two year associate degrees as well as provide continuing education and community service.

MCTC was separated from Marshall University in 2008 according to the state plan to separate community and state colleges into separate institutions. Now the MCTC is an independent community college serving the Huntington metropolitan area in West Virginia. It is one of ten regional community colleges in the West Virginia Community and Technical College System.

Mountwest Community & Technical College offers over 50 programs that lead to an associate degree. For full-time students, associate degrees usually can be earned in four semesters, excluding any developmental or prerequisite requirements. Certificate programs are also available, and designed to provide competence in a focused area and require significantly fewer credit hours to complete. Mountwest Community and Technical College is fully accredited by The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Mountwest Maritime Academy, formerly known as the Inland Waterways Academy, at Mountwest Community & Technical College provides entry-level training and more than 20 U.S. Coast Guard-approved licensure-training programs for the inland maritime industry.  The Academy has been serving the needs of the river industry since 2001. These unique and rewarding careers are not for everyone, but the opportunities are there for individuals who are motivated and dedicated.

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Academic & Training Programs


Undergraduate Programs

  • AAS in Maritime Technology with Maritime Concentration: The Maritime Technology Option provides training for becoming a captain, deckhand or engineer who works on a vessel. These employees operate and maintain civilian-owned deep-sea merchant ships, tugboats, towboats, ferries, barges, offshore supply vessels, cruise ships and other waterborne crafts
  • AAS in Transportation Technology with Intermodal Management Concentration: The Transportation Technology Program provides a specialized distance learning and online education and training for the student having an interest in management and wishing to pursue a career in the intermodal transportation industry. In addition to formal academic credit, the program is designed to accept related credit equivalency from any academic, vocational, or industry training program to include documented life- long learning skills, test-out exams, industry recognized certifications, and/or continuing education units (CEU’s).
  • AAS in Transportation Technology with Intelligent Transportation Concentration: The Intelligent Transportation Systems concentration focuses on the technical skills necessary to develop, implement and maintain Intelligent Transportation Systems and applications. The option provides students with technical skills in computer networking and geospatial information systems, while brushing up general education skills and expanding their knowledge about the transportation industry through online or live courses.
  • Transportation Technology Certificate: This online, distance learning and life-experience curriculum breaks the tether to the traditional classroom. It is designed to support a drop-in/drop-out lifelong learning philosophy of continuing education and laddered degree options from a certificate of achievement for specific skill sets to an associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree in transportation studies.

Mountwest Maritime Academy Programs

  • Standard First Aid CPR and AED: This is the American Red Cross 8-hour course in Standard First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, and Automated Electronic Defibrillators. This class also meets the First Aid requirements of Basics Safety Training under the STCW Code. The Academy also offers Medic First Aid courses.
  • Deckhand Basic Training: This 7-day course is designed to acquaint the prospective entry-level deckhand with life on the river and to assist the deckhand in obtaining a job on a commercial towboat. Safety training and hands-on skills are emphasized.
  • Designated Examiner: This one-day Train the Trainer course is for the experienced mariner who desires to become certified as a Designated Examiner by the U.S. Coast Guard. A Designated Examiner certifies the competency of persons working in the maritime environment who are advancing their licenses or certifications.
  • Basic & Advanced Firefighting: This is a U.S. Coast Guard approved comprehensive 4-hour course in the theory and practice of marine firefighting. The course includes both classroom instruction and hands-on training in exterior and interior firefighting. This course is required for all candidates for an engineering license and for all deck licenses over 200 tons.
  • Tank Barge Firefighting: This class is required by the U.S. Coast Guard prior to issuance of an endorsement as Tankerman-Person in Charge. The class familiarizes the prospective tankerman with the theory and science of firefighting and provides hands-on experience in extinguishing large fires.
  • Radar Observer: The Mountwest Maritime Academy offers a number of U.S. Coast Guard approved Radar Observer and Radar Observer Recertification courses for Western Rivers and Inland Waters.
  • Radar Upgrade: This 5-day class prepares the licensed towboat officer to expand the scope of his or her license from the limited Western Rivers route to the Inland Waters route. Navigation and Rules of the Road are stressed.
  • Steersman: This 10-day course prepares the experienced deckhand to obtain a license as a Steersman of Towing Vessels on Western Rivers from the U.S. Coast Guard. This is the first license on the path to becoming a Master of Towing Vessels. Classroom subjects include Deck Safety, General Deck and Environmental Subjects, Navigation and Rules of the Road.
  • Tankerman: This 40-hour course is approved by the U.S. Coast Guard and is designed for the boatman (licensed or unlicensed) who will be transferring liquid dangerous cargoes in bulk.

LAST UPDATED ON Aug 17, 2018

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