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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration will give $2.3 million to America’s six state maritime academies. Generated from a government program that recycles and sells obsolete vessels, the money.

The Maritime Administration awarded $392,913 each to the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, Calif.; the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City, Mich.; the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine; the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, Mass.; SUNY Maritime College in Fort Schuyler, N.Y.; and Texas Maritime Academy in Galveston, Texas.

“Maritime academies play an important role in ensuring a consistent supply of capable and well-trained merchant mariners, and the funds released today — in addition to $3.3 million invested in these academies last May — will help these schools succeed in their critical mission,” said Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO.

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