GREAT start to new year High School partnership provides maritime learning

Published 12:21 pm Saturday, September 7, 2019

Dr. Rickie R. Harris

West Orange – Cove CISD has had a great start to the 2019-2020 school year. After two weeks of classes, campuses have established instructional routines and students are busy with a multitude of activities and opportunities. We are excited about the new year!

West Orange-Stark High School is also equally excited about a new opportunity that meets a current community need. The Texas Workforce Commission expects maritime industry careers to grow 14 percent in the coming years; while, the Department of Labor estimates similar growth across the nation. Local education advisory committees agree that maritime programs are needed.  

We are thrilled to be associated with Lamar State College Orange’s new Maritime Program. Through this partnership, our High School students are able to attend LSCO and earn 15 hours of dual credit coursework. LSCO’s new program includes a state of the art Transas Simulator that allows students to train in the safe operation of all types of vessels through Texas, Louisiana, and other U.S. Waterways. 

Upon successful completion, students will earn an ordinary seaman certificate from LSCO, as well as certification in CPR. Students will additionally earn a Coast Guard Approved Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW).

This certification will allow individuals to gain employment on tugboats, tankers, and other marine vessels. Entry-level positions in the maritime industry typically begin at $15.00 an hour. Students may also choose to continue their maritime education and pursue a Captain’s license. 

We believe in John Maxwell’s philosophy that “One is too small a number to achieve greatness.”

Go Mustangs!


Dr. Rickie R. Harris is the Superintendent at West Orange – Cove CISD