BUCKSPORT — Maine Maritime Academy has closed on its purchase of a four-acre parcel at the former Verso paper mill, MMA President William J. Brennan announced Wednesday.
MMA purchased the land from AIM Development Corp. and intends to create the Maine Maritime Academy Center for Professional Mariner Development on the property.
The facility will provide specialized courses for professional mariners, academy-enrolled students and others, according to the press release.
“For professional mariners, the center will meet the demand for courses that enable mariners to receive certification and credentialing to meet maritime regulatory and industry-sector demands,” the college stated.
“The Center for Professional Mariner Development will both support MMA’s mission and programs and generate revenue to help support the academy’s financial future,” Brennan said. “This is a public-private venture, which we are building in a phased approach to ensure that we can steward the finite resources MMA has to devote to the enterprise while simultaneously cultivating private and other funding sources.”
The new training center will include an existing 20,000-square-foot administration and instruction building, which will house classrooms, offices, training labs, simulator spaces and conference rooms equipped with A/V technology and videoconferencing.
MMA anticipates it will occupy the property this fall.
A state-of-the-art, multipurpose firefighting training facility will be built on the property and is expected to open next spring.
The fire training facility will also meet the professional development needs of municipalities, counties and the state in the training of police, wardens, National Guard members and hazardous waste and chemical first-responders.
The center will provide workforce development training for cargo/dock personnel, shipyard skills such as welding, and electrical safety training, MMA stated.