The Maritime Academy of Toledo plans to offer free training next year to adults interested in working on cruise ships.
The three-week course, which includes training in basic safety, crowd management, and cruise ship life, will begin in early 2012.
The Academy is receiving a $25,000 grant from FirstEnergy, which is administered by the city of Toledo, as well as up to $6,000 per student through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Although no experience is required, Superintendent Renee Marazon said the course is ideal for students with an accounting, business, or hospitality background who want to transfer those skills to a cruise ship job.
She said entry-level junior officer jobs typically pay $1,500 to $3,000 a month, with food, lodging, and health-care provided.
Ms. Marazon said there should be a minimum of seven classes, training 20 applicants in each class.
For more information, call 419-244-9999 or go to the academy’s Web site at www.themaritimefoundation.us.