A barge floating on the river

Marine Technology

For years, it was not uncommon for a deckhand on a towboat with no higher education to work his way up the ladder to become a Captain or Chief Engineer. Today as technologies are added and new U.S. Coast Guard regulations are put into place, individuals are finding that working on America’s Inland Waterways requires not only a love of the waterways but also a commitment to continuous learning.

The Marine Technology program gives the professional mariner the opportunity to rise above the crowd and establish themselves as a leader in the Industry as well as improve their opportunities to advance professionally. The curriculum for the Marine Technology program is taught online with flexible schedules to accommodate the ever changing schedules of the mariner.


West Kentucky Community and Technical College's Inland Logistics & Marine Institute is now offering an Electronic Charting Software Training Course using Rose Point Navigation Systems Software and an U.S. Coast Guard Approved 16-Hour Marine Basic Firefighting Course.

To register or for more information, click on the "Schedule Training" button.

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The Marine Technology program is one of the reasons that West Kentucky Community and Technical College has been named one of the top ten community colleges of the nation by the Aspen Institute. The college is committed to providing excellence and educational opportunities and training in the high-wage, high-demand marine industry.

Credential Opportunities

ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN APPLIED TECHNOLOGY – in Marine Technology with the following tracks:


Length of Program

The curriculum is composed of 60-64 credits depending on the course of study the student selects.

Admission Requirements

Please consult WKCTC’s general admission requirements.

More Information

Industry Related Associations

The American Waterways Operators

The International Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Paducah, Kentucky 

The Waterways Journal

The Seaman's Church Institute

Towboat Photography by Jeff L. Yates



Contact Information
Stanley Wallace, Program Coordinator

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