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REF NO.: 4

SUBJECT: Marine Institute hosts METTP graduation ceremony

DATE: Sept. 14,2010

The Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University of Newfoundland will hold a graduation ceremony for students of the Marine Engineering Technician Training Plan (METTP) on Friday, Sept. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the Drill Hall in Pleasantville. The media is invited to attend the event.
The Marine Engineering Technician Training Plan is a joint venture between the Canadian navy and the Marine Institute. The METTP trains marine engineering technicians in the field of marine engineering through a two-year program at the MI campus on Ridge Road in St. John’s.
At the end of the two-year course, graduates proceed to full-time careers with the Canadian navy and will be stationed in Halifax, N.S. or Esquimalt, B.C. While serving as members of the Canadian navy, the sailors will be employed as marine engineering technicians.
The joint venture between the Marine Institute and the Canadian navy has been in place since 1992. More than 800 sailors have graduated from MI since the partnership began.
Friday’s ceremony will include remarks from Glenn Blackwood, executive director, Marine Institute; Commodore John Newton, reviewing officer, director general naval personnel; Commander Luciano Carosielli, commandant,
Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School (Halifax); Sid Hynes, honourary captain (navy); and Stewart Hughes, lieutenant-commander, Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School (St. John’s).

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For more information, please contact Darcy MacRae, public relations/ communications officer, Fisheries and Marine Institute, at (709) 778-0677, (709) 687-2205, Darcy.MacRae@mi.mun.ca or Kimberley Thornhill, educational marketing co-ordinator, Fisheries and Marine Institute, at (709) 778-0544, (709) 691-9221, Kim.Thornhill@mi.mun.ca.
 

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