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Project SAIL

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Hands-On, Maritime Based Work for TeensBuild, Explore, Learn, and Grow

Project SAIL (Successful Apprenticeships and Investments in Learning) is BMC’s after-school program. It offers an engaging learning experience to teens, ages 15-18, with an interest in maritime activities.

Project SAIL includes elements designed to improve educational achievement and provides apprentices with a basic understanding of post-secondary opportunities. Using a career-centered approach, Project SAIL apprentices will be motivated to explore career pathways and understand more clearly the connection between high school achievement and life. Apprentices will develop the transferable skills necessary in the classroom and on the job, and gain a greater sense of self and future.

Project SAIL includes assistance succeeding in and finishing high school, a healthy and supportive after school environment, and training in fundamental job-site and vocational skills.

BMC has received an additional three year grant from the  TK Foundation Youth Development Grant, to fully fund Project SAIL. The United Way of Erie County has graciously matched this funding which insures continued programming for many years to come.

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Do you know a high school student who is interested in maritime activities? Project SAIL is the perfect venue for after-school learning and career preparation, all while while having fun! BMC is now accepting applications for Spring 2017, beginning on April 3rd and continuing through May 25th. Choose either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday group from 3:30-5:30 pm.




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For more information contact: Amanda Loose, Project SAIL Coordinator:


The only requirement is the initiative and motivation to be successful, as demonstrated in aspects of the applicant’s program application. Apprentices will receive a modest stipend upon successful completion after the first 4 weeks and the second 4 weeks.

Apprentices have built two St. Ayles skiffs which are usually seen being rowed on Presque Isle Bay during fair weather.




Miss Amanda helping students prepare their resumes.



The 21st Century requires a skilled workforce. A high school diploma alone will often no longer suffice.  BMC is currently working to develop programming that will give Erie residents the skills to capitalize on a current 20 percentage shortage of workers in the maritime industry.

With many baby boomers retiring from the industry in the next ten years, this shortage is projected by the United States Coast Guard to rise to 35 percent.  These family-sustaining jobs offer stable employment, good income, and great career prospects.

In addition to the national need for maritime workers, there are opportunities here in Erie as well. The Port of Erie includes the largest dry-dock and crane on the Great Lakes, a full service shipyard, 300,000 square feet of warehouse space, a Foreign Trade Zone, a Keystone Opportunity Zone, and 6,000 feet of deep draft dock face.