The Landing School, a post-secondary institution focused on educating tomorrow’s marine industry professionals, announced the development of a community program, the Women in the Marine Industry Initiative.
Developed by The Landing School, the intent of this initiative is to support women who are in or wish to join the marine industry in Maine and beyond. The primary goal of the program is to inspire, educate and lead women to a fulfilling and successful career in the marine industry with confidence and pride.
The marine industry in Maine and nationally is enjoying a great deal of success, The Landing School said, however, women haven’t always been made aware of the excellent career opportunities that await them. The Women in the Marine Industry Initiative endeavors to raise awareness among women across the country that pursuing a career in the marine industry is both rewarding and worthwhile. In order for this initiative to be successful it will take members from across the industry coming together to create a network of resources.
The Landing School said it hopes to promote the participation of women in the marine industry worldwide through networking opportunities, an endowed scholarship, mentoring and empowerment initiatives.
“This initiative is coming at an optimal time,” said Barry Acker, Director of Industry Relations, The Landing School. “The industry is enjoying an economic surge, bringing with it a great deal of career opportunities. That coupled with the desire and need for a community initiative of this kind, that will support the continued diversification of our industry, makes for a winning situation for everyone involved.”
The Landing School said members of the community can help by committing to participate in one of several ways:
- Act as a collaborator
- Become a mentor
- Offer internship opportunities
- Contribute to a scholarship fund
- Provide tuition matching
- Become a thought leader by presenting ideas at events, symposiums or conferences