Tag: Lettie Project

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has provided seed funding to the "Two States One Port Campaign", but to fully operate the Lettie G. Howard requires a budget of $600,000 per year.

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Maritime education is an incredibly powerful educational tool. While it does not necessarily have to be a path to maritime employment, it is always an effective path to provide Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Philosophy, History, Language and Arts (STEMPHLA) education.


The Lettie G. Howard project has a straightforward focus: Provide students with a tool to learn as quickly and effectively as possible by bringing them aboard a very significant vessel in one of the world's most stimulating maritime settings.  



I recently joined the Lettie for a weekend cruise and was one of 21 souls aboard. 


On my trip the vessel complement consisted of:

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Education in maritime is in a class by itself for too many reasons to count. Bottom line; maritime education works, and people are starting to take notice.


The strength of maritime education lies in integration. Basically it allows students to engage in multiple learning experiences simultaneously. Instead of one hour of language, one hour of math and one hour of science, the Holy Grail in education is to find a setting where one hour of education is the equivalent of three hours of language, math and science.


This often occurs in maritime education and that is why it is so effective (as described in this SNAME article by Gayle Horvath of NMHA), but just because it occurs, does not mean that it cannot be improved or enhanced.



On May 12, 2014, a very special group of New York Harbor stake holders made an announcement that provides an entirely new concept in maritime educational excellence.

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