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Jan 30, 2014 8:51 AM by AP

Fletcher marine facility expanding

HOUMA, La. (AP) - Responding to the growing demand for maritime training, Fletcher Technical Community College hopes to open its new $6.6 million marine operations facility in Houma by early summer.

The Courier reports the 25,152-square-foot building, next to Cut Off-based Edison Chouest (SHWEST) Offshore's LaShip shipyard, will help expand the school's marine programs with more courses in areas such as water survival, remote operating vehicle training, dynamic positioning and simulator training.

The marine operations program, which has 2,300 to 2,400 students, provides specialized classroom instruction and practical training to prepare students to obtain various documents, licenses and endorsements issued by the Coast Guard and the Federal Communications Commission. These industry-based certifications are required for a variety of marine operations jobs.

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