Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that she secured $2.5 million for Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) in the draft Fiscal Year 2023 Education appropriations bill. The bill, which was officially released by the full Senate Appropriations Committee today, must still be voted upon by the full Senate and House.
“Shipyards and vessels are undergoing a rapid digital transition that is transforming the entire maritime industry,” said Senator Collins. “Maine Maritime Academy has a stellar record of preparing generations of sailors through its exceptional program, and this funding would help ensure that instructors can train students on the most cutting-edge technology in their field. As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to champion this funding as the appropriations process moves forward.”
The funding for this project would strengthen MMA’s licensure program and establish new higher education degree pathways in support of vessel digitization and energy efficiency initiatives. MMA will use this investment to acquire critical equipment and technology, including vertical milling machines, 3D printers, software, video monitors, and electrical and IT upgrades.