May 28, 2024

Hinds CC Maritime Center Achieves 2nd Excellence Rating

The dedicated facility along with the simulations will simulate a real-world experience that will help students prepare for a career as a mariner.
BY: Cathy Hayden

Photography: BRAD SMITH

VICKSBURG—Hinds Community College’s Maritime Training Academy in Vicksburg has once again been named a Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE), the latest 2024 designation is for five years, according to the Centers of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training.

There are 32 institutions across the country that have this designation, with maritime training locations in 17 states and Guam.

To be recognized as a CoE, training sites must offer one or more afloat or ashore career preparation tracks in the U.S. Maritime industry, meet applicable accreditation requirements and have a demonstrated record of success in maritime workforce training and education.

In response to requests from local employers, Hinds Community College has been offering deckhand training and other skills for river barge workers since 2013, thanks initially to a U.S. Department of Labor grant.

The college is currently creating a dedicated space for the programs. Phase I includes four classrooms in the front of the building, faculty offices and exterior renovation. At the completion of Phase I The Maritime Training Center will host skills and knowledge training for high-paying jobs on the Mississippi River and other U.S. inland waterways.

Construction sign in front of building: "Maritime Training Center Launching Soon"

Future phases of the training center will include living quarters, a galley and dining area for the students and faculty, two technical laboratories, and a simulation center. The dedicated facility along with the simulations will simulate a real-world experience that will help students prepare for a career as a mariner.

“The Center of Excellence designation adds value and credibility to our Maritime Training. I’m excited to get the Maritime Training Center open to highlight this prestigious designation and to grow our program offerings to support the Maritime industry regionally,” said David Creel, Associate Vice President of Workforce Development

About Hinds Community College

Hinds offers affordable, comprehensive educational opportunities across six campus locations and has nearly 500 academic classes guaranteed to transfer to a university, over 65 career and technical program options and an extensive array of online courses. Applications for general admissions are currently being accepted. Prospective students are encouraged to apply and explore enrollment steps at

Our Mission: Hinds Community College is committed to moving people and communities forward by helping develop their purpose, passion and profession. 

Our Vision: Hinds Community College will be a catalyst to create a competitive economy and a compelling culture for Mississippi. 

Our Values: Hinds Community College aspires to the following IDEALSIntegrity, Diversity, Excellence, Accountability, Leadership, Stewardship.

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