Maritime Science

Toni Middleton
MSC Front Desk
M/V Forerunner

Employment in the maritime industry is booming to meet the demands of global trade and the energy industry. Clatsop Community College offers United States Coast Guard accredited training combining classroom instruction with at-sea experience on the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean aboard M/V Forerunner.

Serving both degree-seeking students starting in the industry and experienced mariners needing additional certifications, Clatsop Community College offers flexible one-week classes designed to provide training that fits into a mariner’s schedule.  Mariners can also complete our training programs in lieu of USCG testing for credentialing.

If you are beginning your maritime career, Clatsop is now a USCG Training Ship School. Students who complete our Vessel Operations Associates Degree have all of the sea time needed to obtain or apply for an Able Seaman Special (AB-Special) or Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels Upon Near Coastal or Inland Waters (OUPV). Clatsop is the only community college in the country with this program.

Average starting wage for an entry level mariner is $18.36/hour, although mariners can expect to earn far more than this depending on their schedule. Employment in the maritime industry is growing faster than most other industries with 21,500 openings nationwide.

For more information about Maritime Science at Clatsop Community College:

Vessel Operations Associate's Degree and Seamanship Certificates

USCG Licensing and Professional Mariner Training

Maritime Science at Clatsop Community College

Degrees & Certificates: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
One-Year Certificate
Career Pathways Certificate
What's Next?: 
  1. For academic degree students: Complete the online application.
  2. For academic degree students: Take the COMPASS placement evaluation (You will be prompted to register online for the COMPASS through online admissions. For more information about the COMPASS Placement Evaluation click here).
  3. For all students: Schedule an appointment with Toni Middleton at 503-325-7962.
  4. Register for Classes

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