AMHS, Partners Sign Five Year
Education Program Agreement
March 12, 2010
From left: Inlandboatmen's
Union representative Daryl Tseu, Captain John Falvey and Dr.
Kristy Smith, UAS Interim Associate Dean of Career Education
sign the five-year program extension Feb. 25, at AMHS headquarters
in Ketchikan. (Official DOT&PF photo by Amy Wilson, AMHS)
Ketchikan, Alaska - The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS),
University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) and the Inlandboatmen's
Union (IBU) of the Pacific signed a five-year education program
memorandum of agreement Feb. 25, in Ketchikan.
The agreement extends the three-party program allowing UAS students
who have completed two semesters of instruction that include
diesel mechanics, marine transmissions, marine auxiliary systems,
and refrigeration and air conditioning to complete an internship
on board AMHS vessels.
The program began in 2000 and
has been beneficial to the AMHS in finding qualified applicants
for positions as oilers aboard the 11 ships in its fleet.
"We've hired many of this
program's graduates, because it produces qualified oilers to
fill these crucial positions on our vessels," said Capt.
John Falvey, general manager, AMHS.
Currently, UAS has four interns
ready for placement with the AMHS this year. The interns have
all completed familiarization trips aboard the ferry LeConte
and will next proceed to the UAS Basic Safety Training class
and other AMHS required new hire courses. They will then begin
their internships on board an AMHS mainline ship.
The students participate in
the internships to prepare for examinations required to obtain
U.S. Coast Guard endorsement ratings and qualifications to apply
for engine room jobs with the AMHS.
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