Maritime Workforce Development Programs

Middle-skill jobs, which require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree, make up the largest part of American’s and New Jersey’s labor market. Key industries in New Jersey are unable to find enough sufficiently trained workers to fill these jobs. Approximately 53% of jobs in New Jersey are classified as middle-skill. Many of the Top 100 Jobs in New Jersey by 2024 are middle-skill based. To help prepare individuals for a middle-skill job, The NJCU Center for Workforce and Community Development offers a Merchant Mariner Program.

The Merchant Mariner Program at Educate The Block at NJCU is a 3-month training program in partnership with the North Atlantic Mates, Masters and Pilots Union to train men and women for Union Seaman jobs in demand in the tri-state area. This program is designed to develop communication and vocational skills for this industry. We facilitate a combination of classroom training and hands-on activities so that students are prepared for a job with an employer-partner.


  • HS Diploma or GED
  • Drivers License is Preferred

Successful program completers receive the following:

  • NJCU Certificate of Completion for Maritime Fundamentals
  • OSHA Wallet Card
  • TWIC: Transportation Worker Identification Credential
  • MMC: Merchant Mariner Credential
  • ½ the Union Due IF they are hired and pass all mandated drug tests and background checks.

Our Maritime Division currently has relationships with the following organizations (subject to change)

  • Circle Line Sightseeing Yachts
  • NY Water Taxi
  • Statue Cruises
  • Red Hook Erie Bason
  • Statue Cruises
  • Clipper City
  • Battery Park & Port JC
  • Buchanan
  • Vessel Transportation
  • Oil Petroleum Barges


Other middle skills training programs offered at NJCU include Logistics, Maritime, Media, Hospitality, and Information Technology.






























NJCU also offers middle-skill training in Allied Healthcare, Business, Hospitality, Information Technology, Logistics, Maritime, and Media.

For more information regarding the Merchant Mariner Program, please use the following contact information:

Workforce Development Programs at NJCU
285 West Side Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Phone: 201-200-2462
Fax: 201-200-2908

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