Great Lakes Maritime Academy gets $1M Fed Grant

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- The Great Lakes Maritime Academy at Northwest Michigan College in Traverse City is receiving a $1 million federal grant for education and training.

U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin say the money was generated from the sale of obsolete vessels from the National Defense Reserve Fleet. The National Maritime Heritage Act requires that 25 percent of the revenue be distributed to maritime academies.

The Great Lakes academy trains deck and engineering officers for the commercial shipping industry. It's the only maritime academy in the U.S. that offers graduates the opportunity to be licensed for work on the Great Lakes and on the sea.

Rear Admiral Jerry Achenbach is the academy superintendent. He tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle that staffers will decide soon how to use the money.

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