The Maine Ocean School in Searsport will welcome 30 students in its inaugural class who will study marine science, technology, transportation, engineering and marine management, with an emphasis on leadership.
The goal is to give the students hands-on training that will position them for careers in the industry or higher education after graduation.
The summer program runs July 30 to Aug. 4th and will give students a "taste" of what is to come. Aug. 4 also kicks off the town's Maritime Heritage Days.
"We're not going to be a success by simply putting kids into seats," said Town Manager James Gilway. "The success comes at the end, not at the beginning. When we have kids who can either successfully go into college programs in the fields we're concentrating or straight to sea where they have a rewarding job. That is when our success will be measured."
The summer class is limited to fifteen and eight students have already signed up. The cost is three hundred dollars.
Applications for fall classes or the summer program are available at: Maineoceanschool.org.