TRAINING & EDUCATION ty needs for maritime domain security awareness training in Maine. Organizers of the program foresee it as serving immediate regional needs while identifying Maine a model for other states to follow. Offered initially to first responders and law enforcement personnel associated with Maine's major seaports, the two day course is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the unique circumstances, operational conditions, and potential enhancements to security in the maritime arena. The course is currently being reviewed for the potential endorsement of the Federal Office of Grants and Training (OGT), formerly known as the Office of Domestic Preparedness (ODP). Should approval be granted, the course would take the domestic lead in offering federally subsidized training options for response team training initiated by state, municipal, and port emergency managers. The pilot program for first responders and law enforcement personnel falls on the heels of well-received programs offered jointly by MMA and M-P.A.C.T. to National Guard Civil Support Teams at 2 separate off-campus locations. While not part of the upcoming pilot program session, the courses utilized the same core curriculum for the provision of comprehensive awareness training for issues uniquely pertaining to the maritime sector. According to Daniel Walsh, president of the Ft. Lauderdale-based M-P.A.C.T., the joint program with Maine Maritime Academy addresses U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) prescribed security measures for ports and port personnel developed in response to the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA). The pilot course meets the criteria detailed in Section 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations and the associated USCG directive originally entitled, Maritime Security for Military Security and Law Enforcement Personnel (MSLEP). Walsh said that the pilot program exceeds the initial criteria in direct response to lessons learned by Federal agencies in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, with responsive course development vital to its potential approval for Federal subsidies to local agencies. The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), a division of the Department of Transportation, and the USCG, a division of Homeland Security, jointly concluded following the disaster that the STCW Training Program Addresses Skills Gaps The El Camino College Workplace Learning Resource Center has trained over 600 individuals in STCW-certification training in Basic Safety, Proficiency in Survival Craft (Lifeboat), and Tankerman since it began offering STCW certification training in 2002. Because so many trainees struggled with the reading and math skills necessary to pass the certification requirements, this past year the WpLRC began integrating basic skills instruction into their STCW training. As an example, trainees now get instruction in performing conversions in measurement from English to Metric and for temperature conversions from Fahrenheit to Celsius. Reading and writing skills are integrated into instruction for completing loading plans and for completing Declaration of Inspection (DOI) forms. By addressing these skills gaps, the WpLRC is ensuring a qualifed and competitive workforce for the U.S. marine industry for the 21st Century. maritime security training umbrella should be extended to include the development of a course aimed not only at military security and law enforcement personnel, but also to those first responders whose operational theatres lie within the maritime domain. The joint MMA-MP.A.C.T. course includes the additional coordinated operations of local first responders and expands to include municipal law enforcement, all vital members of a major incident response team. 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