Partner Secondary and Middle Schools

The SMART Center works closely with middle school and high school STEM and CTE (career technical education) instructors across the southeast. The primary way we work with teachers, guidance counselors, career coaches, and administrators is through our annual SMART Maritime and Transportation Institutes. Our Institutes provide our educator partners with:

- a deep "immersion" into the maritime and transportation industry through a 5-7 day format
- first-person experience of industry worksites including shipyards, marinas, bridges and locks, workboats, ports, and more
- networking opportunities and relationships with industry employers and current maritime and transportation industry workers
- problem-based learning tools to adapt/customize for their classroom or school system
- career pathway tools to help students make choices about which courses are best to get on a pathway into the industry

We also regularly provide instructors and administrators with materials and support for their career days, fairs, and STEM-related competitions

Currently we partner with and support the following schools and school systems: