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Maine Maritime Academy Plans To Use Online And In-Person Classes For Fall Semester

Citing a desire to deliver a rigorous academic experience while also prioritizing health and safety during the pandemic, Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) in Castine says it plans to use a combination of online and traditional face-to-face learning when the school opens its campus for in-person classes August 31.

MMA President William Brennan says there are some MMA courses associated with the school's Coast Guard licensing program that require that cadets demonstrate competence in certain skills.

“That could be an engineering course or a navigation course, those are the types of [classes] that would have to be done face-to-face in a classroom or laboratory kind of setting.”

Brennan says MMA is following state recommendations for social distancing, reducing student density in dormitories, using masks and other personal protective equipment. He says all students, faculty and staff will be tested at the beginning of the semester. The school is also compressing the semester, which will end at Thanksgiving break.

Ed is a Maine native who spent his early childhood in Livermore Falls before moving to Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1970 before going to the University of Maine at Orono where he received his BA in speech in 1974 with a broadcast concentration. It was during that time that he first became involved with public broadcasting. He served as an intern for what was then called MPBN TV and also did volunteer work for MPBN Radio.