– Florida Tech recently held its first courses in maritime security through its alliance with Maritime Protective Services/Asset Tracking Logistics and
Security (MPS/ATLAS). Eight courses, given last fall and winter at an MPS/ATLAS secure facility in Deerfield Beach, Fla., and four classes taught in
London, England, resulted in the certification of nearly 50 maritime professionals.
They completed 28 hours of instruction for Facility, Company and Vessel Security Officer certification. The course is authorized by the U.S. Coast Guard
and U.S. Dept. of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD).
Florida Tech and MPS/ATLAS signed a memorandum of understanding late last summer to offer maritime, security and intermodal transportation training and
courses. The partnership will explore opportunities in education, as well as research and development, and technology.
Plans call for the MPS/ATLAS Deerfield Beach facility to be designated a Florida Tech off-campus site. Facility offerings are intended to include
professional development and training, and degree and certification-based programs.
MPS is a recognized leader in maritime, intermodal and transportation security. The company responds to the diverse needs of an international client group
that includes prominent seaports, shipping companies, shipping lines, petrochemical and other industry leaders as well as governments and government
Florida Tech’s University College encompasses Florida Tech Consulting, Applied Research, Extended Studies, Center for
Professional Development, Center for Distance Learning and 11 graduate centers, located in the Northeast, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. University
College’s Dean Clifford R. Bragdon is executive director of the 12-university-consortium Center for Intermodal Transportation Safety and Security. He holds
a patent for inventing the Intermodal Transportation Simulation System.