Personal tools
Log in



RCC Maritime Studies Program the First of its Kind

RCC Maritime Studies Program the First of its Kind

George Drescher from the Rockland County Office of Fire & Emergency Services, Dr. Anush Ramachandran, CEO of Learn America, Dr. Michael Baston, Tom Della Torre and Christian Mdeway at the Maritime Launch event.

DATE: October 24, 2017

blended online/on-site learning offers a fast track to a career


RAMAPO – Rockland Community College has set sail on a unique new program that can lead to a career on the high seas—or in a variety of other maritime settings. Working in partnership with Coast Guard-approved online training provider Learn America, RCC now offers the nation’s first Maritime Studies program to feature a blend of online and on-site learning.

The convenience of online learning will make it possible for students from anywhere in the United States to enroll in the Maritime Studies program. The majority of the coursework is completed online, with just one to five days of in-person training required. Most on-site classes will be held at RCC’s Suffern or Haverstraw campuses, while firefighting sessions will take place at the Rockland Fire Training Center in Pomona.

Many entry-level jobs in the industry do not require an extensive educational background. Because of this, RCC’s Maritime Studies program will be open even to those without a high school diploma. Maritime officials say the U.S. will need thousands of new merchant marine workers in the next five years.

The partnership launched with a ceremony at the RCC Fieldhouse on October 20. Dr. Michael Baston, RCC President, joined with the CEO of Learn America, Dr. Anush Ramachandran, for the official announcement and a demonstration of maritime survival techniques.

Dr. Ramachandran thanked RCC staff members for their work to create the program. “It’s taken us almost two years to bring everything together,” he said. “We’re very excited to be here.”

Tom Della Torre, RCC Associate Vice President of Academic and Community Partnerships, added, “You talk about ‘out of the box.’ This is not your normal community college program.”

To learn about Maritime Studies course offerings, visit