BMA Timeline

The Ballard Maritime Academy was a product of the Youth Maritime Training Association

Since its inception in 1996, the Youth Maritime Training Association has reached out to others in our community with similar goals. Listed below are milestones in YMTA history.
  • September 9, 1996 – First YMTA meeting
    • The Youth Maritime Training Association held its first official meeting in the Thea Foss Conference Room at Foss Maritime Company. YMTA Executive Board members were elected and obtained 501 (c)(3) status from the IRS.
  • December 3, 1996
    • A meeting between John Stanford, Superintendent Seattle Public Schools and YMTA Executive Board members was held today at 1600 in the Superintendent’s office. The purpose of the meeting was to introduce Superintendent Stanford to the YMTA and our goals of providing students in grades K-12 with information about the maritime industry and pathways to careers in our industry.
  • January 14, 1997
    • Members of the YMTA Executive Board met with Superintendent John Stanford and several high school principals, career counselors and School to Work Manager, Shep Siegel. This was a positive meeting with lots of questions asked by attendees. The meeting concluded with the Superintendent’s acceptance of our proposal and the designation of Ballard High School as the home of the first maritime program. Next step is a meeting with Chuck Chinn, Principal Ballard High School and his staff.
  • March 17, 1997
    • YMTA held its first meeting with staff at Ballard High School. Attending the meeting were Chuck Chinn, Principal, Lori Franck, Career Counselor and Jon Kjaerulff representing YMTA. There were discussions on determining how the curriculum would be developed and what it would include; estimate the amount of funding required to start up a maritime program at Ballard High School and how much will come from YMTA; and prepare a joint statement from YMTA and Ballard High School outlining the proposed program. The program will become formalized after review and approval of the Ballard High School Instructional Committee
  • September 4, 1997 – YMTA awarded School to Work grant
    • The Youth Maritime Training Association (YMTA) today announced that it has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board. Working with faculty members from Ballard High School, YMTA will use this funding to develop a high school level maritime training curriculum.
  • April 8, 1997 – YMTA’s first educational partnership
    • YMTA and Ballard High School form partnership.
  • January 10, 2000 – Alliance formed with Seattle Propeller Club
    • The Seattle Propeller Club has joined into an alliance with the Youth Maritime Training Association to further the educational goals of both organizations.
  • July 18, 2000 – Ballard Maritime Academy awarded Career Cluster grant
    • U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater and U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley today announced that nine pilot sites, including Ballard High School have been selected as pilot sites and will receive funding under the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Building Linkages Career Cluster curriculum project.

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