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SUBJECT: Canadian Association of Prawn Producers fund training, scholarships at Marine Institute
DATE: Sept. 14, 2011

            The Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University of Newfoundland, along with Nova Scotia Community College-Nautical Institute and Holland College Marine Training Centre is entering into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) funded by the Canadian Association of Prawn Producers (CAPP).
            As part of this MOU, CAPP will offer three scholarships for students enrolled in the diploma of technology in marine engineering technology programs at the Marine Institute, Holland College or the Nova Scotia Community College-Nautical Institute. These entrance scholarships are renewable up to a maximum of three years and provide each student $3,000 per academic year.
            The MOU also addresses how marine engineers within the CAPP memberships can avail of required training and certification at each of the three institutions.
            “The Marine Institute and the Canadian Association of Prawn Producers each recognize the need for well-educated professionals to safely and effectively operate offshore shrimp vessels operated by CAPP’s member companies. These scholarships will help us attract bright, hard-working students to the marine engineering technology field; students who could one day make valuable contributions to these companies,” said Glenn Blackwood, executive director, Marine Institute. “I want to thank the Canadian Association of Prawn Producers for supporting MI students and I look forward to watching our professional relationship grow in the future.”
            In addition to the scholarships, CAPP member companies will also provide up to five training berths on their vessels annually for marine engineering technology students from the Marine Institute or the Nova Scotia Community College-Nautical Institute.
             “We are extremely pleased to be helping students enter a career in marine engineering, and hopefully, some of them will consider joining the modern, offshore shrimp fishing sector,” said Bruce Chapman, executive director of CAPP.
            The CAPP scholarships will be presented for the first time in the fall of 2011.
            “This marks a significant investment by the Canadian Association of Prawn Producers into the education of students from throughout Atlantic Canada,” said Catherine Dutton, head, School of Maritime Studies, Marine Institute. “The MOU between the training institutions and CAPP will accelerate the progress of our students and provide benefits for members of the Canadian Association of Prawn Producers.”
            The Marine Institute’s diploma of technology in marine engineering technology teaches graduates to control ship systems, providing them with the necessary skills to manage mechanical operations of a vessel, including main propulsion and auxiliary systems. The four-year program includes academic terms, technical training and three work terms. To learn more, visit www.whereyouwanttobe.ca.   

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