Educators: Career Pathways

There are many entry points into the maritime and transportation industry and pathways from which your students can choose to build a rewarding, well-paying career! Scroll to see and download copies of the SMART Center Maritime and Transportation Industry pathway tools.

Dual Enrollment
Encourage your students to challenge themselves academically and earn credits for college which completing high school graduation requirements as a Dual Enrollment student! See if your local community college offers DE instruction in maritime and transportation industry related areas such as welding, electricial, and machining.

After Graduation/GED Completion
Some of your students may be ready to enter the workforce directly after graduation or completion of their GEDs. Students can make a good hourly wage and full-time benefits coming into entry-level jobs after high school. They can also apply to be part of a registered apprenticeship program (if their employer offers one) that provides them with college coursework, applied craft mentoring under a supervisor, and the opportunity to advance quickly in the company.

After/While Taking Community College Courses
Community college provide a natural connection with the maritime and transportation industry. Students are often available to choose from a number of industry-validated courses that provide skill training in high-demand job areas as well as the opportunity to test and earn industry certification in specific skills areas (i.e. American Welding Society - AWS - certification for welders, etc.)

        SMART Center Career Pathway Tools


In an effort to help our educator partners increase students' awareness of, and preparedness for, careers in the maritime and transportation industry the SMART Center has developed a suite of career pathway tools for high school and community college students, veterans, and re-careering workers seeking to develop specialized skills. Check back for new tools and download and share copies with colleagues and students!


Download a copy of the SMART Center's "Your Maritime and Transportation Industry Career Pathway" tool.

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Download a copy of the SMART Center High School Dual Enrollment Maritime and Transportation Industry Career Pathway.

Download a copy of the SMART "Military to Maritime Career Pathway" tool.