The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, the nonprofit that runs the tall ships Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington, is bringing a maritime training program to Astoria later this month.

The nonprofit operates Sea School Northwest, a program designed to train adults for entry-level maritime jobs in eight weeks at sea.

“We are looking for young adults who are ready to jump in, and start something totally new in their life,” Caitlin Stanton, assistant director of the program, said in a release. “Joining Sea School Northwest means you will leave home, join the crew of a ship, and become a mariner. If you complete the program, you’ll get a foot in the door to an amazing, high-wage, growing job market. We have scholarships for people who are ready to make the leap, and for people from the Oregon Coast, this work is part of a long tradition.”

The Columbia River Maritime Museum will host a maritime industry panel from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 27 in partnership with the nonprofit and Clatsop Community College, which offers a maritime science program. The event will feature a group of working mariners talking about their jobs. Attendees can learn about job opportunities and requirements.

Sea School Northwest staff will also be on hand to answer questions and talk about scholarship opportunities available to anyone 18 to 35 who makes less than double the federal poverty level.

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