For Students

Students can access learning opportunities and resources to foster their interest in the maritime industry, preparing them for potential careers in the field. 

For Educators

MPSEC offers professional development opportunities, curriculum resources, and collaborative support to enhance educators' knowledge and teaching skills in maritime.

For Industry

The coalition bridges the gap between education and industry, ensuring the skills and curriculum align with industry needs and providing a pipeline of skilled individuals to the maritime sector.

About Us

Our Purpose

The Maritime Primary and Secondary Education Coalition (MPSEC) fosters the development of maritime education in our nation's primary and secondary schools. This is accomplished through a network of local, state and federal agencies, private employers, maritime associations, institutions of high education, and other interested partners. 


  • Connect industry, government, and educators on a regional and national level
  • Foster events, webinars and meetings to promote maritime education
  • Collect and disseminate existing materials 
  • Support in the development of specific course material for primary and secondary school programs
  • Support in the development of outreach programs
  • Maintain a website and social media sites to connect members and share information

Resources for Students, Educators & Industry

MARAD Announces Notice of Opportunity for Eligible Training Entities for Designiation as a Center of Excellence

MPSEC hosted a webinar to discuss the workforce pathways to join the maritime industry. Panelists included several women currently working in the field who elaborated on the. . . READ MORE

NAMEPA's Marine Industry Learning Guide

This guide provides interactive lessons to educate students on the importance and history of maritime. Lessons are aligned to NGSS & STEM standards. . . READ MORE

Monday Mentor Spotlight

Mentoring is a longstanding tradition of the river. Sharing your journey with a mentor may encourage others to follow your lead by walking in your footsteps or stepping up and becoming a mentor to another crew member wishing to advance. . . READ MORE

Maritime Workforce Pathways

Maritime Education Headlines

Stay up to date on the latest workforce development news in maritime. 

MARAD Announces Notice of Opportunity for Eligible Training Entities for Designiation as a Center of Excellence

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced that it is accepting applications from eligible and qualified institutions to apply for a Centers of Excellence (CoE) designation, which will recognize and support community or technical colleges and maritime training centers that prepare Americans for careers in the maritime industry. . . . READ MORE

Workforce Development & Mariner Wellbeing

Two major themes were discussed at length: the need for maritime workforce development and the trends that are emerging as most important to the potential mariner (and the companies hiring them); and recognizing the importance of mariner mental health and safety. Martin Bennell of Faststream noted that job seekers are no longer “passive candidates” as the market has swung in their favor. The expanding need for new workers has positioned potential employees to be pickier in their job search, often holding out for better offers from competing companiess . . READ MORE

Contact MPSEC

Looking for maritime education resources or want to share yours? Want to learn more about what the industry offers students? Drop us a line and we'll get back to you as soon as we can!

North American Marine Environment Protection Association
21 Davis Hill Road
Weston, CT, 06883

MPSEC is spearheaded by NAMEPA (North American Marine Environment Protection Association) and guided by its Editorial Board.