Propeller Club hosts board chairman of new Maine Ocean School
Leader and chairman of the board who is overseeing the establishment of the new Magnet school, the Maine Ocean School, in Searsport, will be the featured speaker at the next meeting of the Propeller Club, Feb. 15, in Belfast. Capt. Eric Jergenson, of Stockton Springs, will talk about the Maine Ocean School, a public high school for students who want to excel in marine science technology, engineering and transportation.
The school, which will welcome its first students in fall, 2018, will be open to high schoolers from across the state. The Maine Ocean School is to enhance Maine's future in these much-needed fields of employment expertise, and equip students to go on to college and excel there in any endeavor.
Jergenson, who was raised in Minnesota, came to Maine to attend Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. He is a limited United States Coast Guard licensed master for auxiliary sail vessels valid upon ocean routes. He is an assistant professor of marine transportation at MMA, where he teaches in the classroom and on the water.
His classes include Terrestrial, Celestial, and Advanced Navigation in addition to courses in Seamanship, Nautical Science, and Small Craft Construction.
Capt. Jergenson sailed as master of MMA's Arctic Schooner Bowdoin and as sailing master for the MMA waterfront.
He continues sailing summers aboard the Bowdoin as a senior training officer for academic courses. Capt. Jergenson is also an instructor trainer and national faculty member for U.S. Sailing.
He travels throughout the United States certifying sailing instructors to these professional standards. He actively supports local sailing programs for both children and adults and is a founding member of the Stockton Harbor Sailing Center.
Take a guest and future club member to hear the stories, and share good fellowship. The meeting will start at 6 p.m., with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar for social hour, and dinner at 6:45 p.m. The cost of the meal is $30 (the first increase since $25 was set circa 2008).
The club will meet at the Waldo Shrine Club, Northport Avenue, Belfast, across from the City Park. Reservations are required; call Amanda at 338-3000 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As usual, the club will raffle off a book of maritime interest to raise funds for its Scholarship Fund.