Education Partnerships

TMA is the member-based organizer of the largest BlueTech cluster in the U.S.

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An overview about partnerships

TMA BlueTech builds awareness for the Blue Economy together with our Education Partners.

Working directly with our education partners, we bring together academia and industry to provide experiential learning on real projects.  We find that the best way to engage students is to allow the opportunity for them to impact their world and support our member companies in the process.

Success stories

TMA organizes and supports future inventors and  entrepreneurs to promote sustainable ocean and water technologies with our Education Partners.

MiraCosta College
Technical Career Institute

ln 2015, the City of Carlsbad and MiraCosta College opened a Technical Career Institute in north San Diego County with $2.75 milllion in funding from the Department of Labor to provide accelerated training in advanced manufacturing, biotech and BlueTech. TCI has graduated over 300 students with a 94% job placement rate and is currently training 230 students annuallly.

San Diego Unified School District

The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) serves over 105,000 students from pre-school through Grade 12. In Fall 2017, TMA partnered with SDUSD to launch the BlueSTEM Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathway Program, which uses experiential learning and industry involvement to educate students about BlueTech/Blue Economy. 750 students were served by the program in its pilot year. SDUSD plans to work with TMA to scale BlueTech education to all 105,000 K-12 students in the school district over the next 5-7 years - a first in the State of California if not in the country.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), a division of the University of California San Diego, (UCSD) is a world leader in Ocean and Earth Science research in the world.  The Scripps mission "to seek, teach, and communicate scientific understanding of the oceans, atmosphere, Earth, and other planets for the benefit of society and the environment."

Training Resources Limited Maritime Institute (TRLMI)

TRLMI is one of the largest private merchant mariner training academies in the U.S. and a multi-year TMA member company. It offers over 80 U.S. Coast Guard approved courses on all aspects of safe vessel operation to professional and recreational mariners. There is a large and growing need for trained merchant mariners in the U.S.


TMA BlueTech has a growing list of members from many sectors - over 100 from start-up to multinationals, national and international. Please join us!

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TMA BlueTech supports the
UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals