MMA的职业服务办公室关注学生在学院的外部和输出部分的时间. 重点是帮助学生在入学时获得他们所选择行业的经验, and on helping them find high-quality work after they graduate. Co-ops and cadet shipping are particularly reliant on partnerships with companies. As Covid-19 gained ground in the spring of 2020, MMA的大多数行业合作伙伴被迫将员工限制在经营所需的最低限度, and students watched their summer opportunities largely evaporate.
Despite the pandemic-induced restrictions, a shortage of staff, and MMA’s campus shutdown, 在家里不懈的工作使一半的就业服务办公室能够在2020年夏季安全地引导100多名学生完成夏季合作项目和学员运输. Under the unprecedented and extremely challenging conditions this was a wild success.
In August of 2020 the department returned to campus, joined in the office for the first time by new director Bryce Potter ’07. Plans were made for the fall and quickly changed as conditions fluctuated. There were moments of elation, 比如，他们意识到，2020届毕业生在非常有挑战性的条件下，在几乎没有支持的情况下，已经做得非常好了. With 71% of graduates responding, the job placement rate was 97%. This demonstrated the resilience of MMA’s graduates, 学生们在航海和合作实习期间建立的联系的力量, 教师和工作人员努力帮助毕业生在这个最具挑战性的毕业年建立联系. There were also moments of disappointment, most poignantly the cancellation of MMA’s on-campus Fall Career Fair, an annual highlight. 大量的虚拟公司参观取代了展会，但这并不能弥补过去20年来最受期待的年度活动之一的损失. The fair was re-scheduled as a virtual event in January, with mixed results.
As the 2021 Spring Term arrived, 职业服务团队发现自己又回到了手机上，试图建立合作社和运送学员的机会, but there was very little interest from industry. Everyone was waiting to see what would happen as the year progressed. Many of MMA’s usual industry partners declined to take students at all, which forced the Academy to seek out new companies and make new connections. In a normal year, most, if not all, students would know where they were headed well before the end of the spring term. 当学期接近尾声时，只有一小部分学生有暑期目的地.
就业服务办公室为2021年夏天设定了一个雄心勃勃的目标:帮助每一个需要它的学生完成他们的合作教育或学员教育. Additionally, 缅因州T/S州的夏季培训游轮计划允许因Covid-19而落后的学员在同一个夏天同时乘坐学员船和游轮, which had never been attempted before. Thanks to everyone’s efforts, 在2021年夏天，30名大三学生和54名大二学生既能登上学员船，又能完成一次巡航训练. 所有相关人员都需要付出巨大的努力，因此不太可能再次尝试, but for those 84 cadets, it was a huge success.
The fog surrounding summer plans was hard on students. 他们做了一项令人惊奇的工作，顺应环境，尽最大努力克服困难, demanding, and uncertain schedules. The summer of 2021 stretched the limits of students, faculty, and staff alike.
在许多考虑中，最主要的是确保没有学生的毕业会被过分推迟. 不可避免的是，所有班级的许多学生在毕业的时候，还没有完成一次合作或培训旅行, 但是，一些大三和大四的学生如果连续第二个夏天不能参加实习或学员培训，就有可能将毕业时间推迟整整一年. 2021年夏季学期最大的成功之一是，每一个符合条件的大三和大四学生都能够完成他们所需的行业经验.
就业服务团队努力帮助尽可能多的学生完成他们的要求. At the end of the Summer 2021 semester, 270 of 314 eligible students, across all majors, were able to successfully co-op or cadet ship. In a normal year, 职业服务中心几乎总是成功地为每一个合格的学生在工业界找到一个位置. In this year of recovery from the mostly-lost summer of 2020, while still dealing with all of the hardships and complications of Covid-19, 在314名符合条件的学生中，有270人被派去工业界工作，这比任何人敢希望的都要好.
There is much more work still to be done to get all students back on track. 2021年夏天，甲板学员在一年内派出了最多的学员(48人)，所有专业的学员(270人)完成了学员航运或合作，这在综合格斗历史上排名第十. With nearly 400 students expected to need summer industry experiences, 2022年夏天，将迎来学院历史上规模最大的合作社和学员输送学生队伍.
如果你拥有或工作的公司，谁可能有兴趣提供合作或学员运输坯料, hiring graduates, or attending MMA’s Career Fair, please contact the Career Services Office at 207-326-2276 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.█
Photos: Tate Yoder, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries
Of students who were the top priority to put out (junior and senior cadets, CO423, LO400, CO400, CO 300, and CO 301), 138 of 138 eligible students went out.
Cadet Shipping Placement
LO 400 - 25名学生中的23名，IBL教师分配了两个替代同等项目(100%)
Shoreside Co-ops Overall