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WKCTCs Inland Logistics and Marine Institute Offering New Course Using Rose Point Navigation Systems Software

West Kentucky and Community and Technical Colleges Inland Logistics and Marine Institute (ILMI) will offer a new training course this spring with software donated by Rose Point Navigation Systems. Spring classes begin January 11.

The course, part of the Marine Technology program at WKCTCs 631 Marine Way facility, will train individuals in the use of the Rose Points Electronic Charting and Navigation software (ECS) that was donated to ILMI in August 2015.

The course will also demonstrate how an ECS works in relationship to other navigational equipment such as Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Automated Information Systems (AIS) and Radar. Topics to be covered will include an overview of the ECS system, as well as using, installing, maintaining charts,
voyage planning, configuring a vessel and its electronics.

Rose Points ECS has enabled us to develop this course that will provide professional mariners access to top-of-the-line software tools, and provide them with new training opportunities they might not have been able to have otherwise, said Steve Hearn, manager of external education programs - river operations at WKCTC.

Headquartered in Redmond, Washington, Rose Point Navigation Systems is a leading provider of software and hardware for commercial marine operators and recreational boaters. Rose Point ECS software is the number one selling software navigation product in the inland commercial market in the United States. The softwares reliability and unique features are specifically designed to meet the needs of the inland towing and coastal towing markets.

The Inland Institute, located near Paducah's riverfront, provides training and education for the logistics and marine industries. Completing renovations of the building at 631 Marine Way was accomplished through a Mississippi River Transportation and Distribution and Logistics grant. The Institute houses WKCTCs Logistics amp; Operations Management and Marine Technology programs. Students can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in these programs, completely online.

More than 700 students have received various types of training since the U.S Department of Labor awarded a $2.7 million dollar grant to WKCTC in October 2013.

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