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From love for the water to a second income

Students in Virginia are charting their own career course at the Maritime Training Program at Tidewater Community College.

The starting point is a Virginia Beach classroom decorated with nautical charts and prints of tall sailing ships — is the home of the Hampton Roads Maritime Training Program at Tidewater Community College.

Since 1998, the school has presented this program to help people who work on or just love the water chart new careers or second incomes.

“There are actually three kinds of students we see,” says Stan Gold, a former Coast Guard officer and Academy grad who is now a part?time instructor for the college program. “Here you have those who are looking for a maritime career on commercial vessels, boat owners or mates who’d like to be captains and run charters, and recreational boaters who just want to know more about operating safely on the water.”

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