International trade in the U.S. has continued to grow and the maritime supply chains play a pivotal role to facilitate the U.S. global trade. A constant source of skilled maritime workforce is critical to keep U.S. maritime industries competitive. An educational system which establishes a clear pathway which aligns the instructional tools and academic programs of education institutions with economic development policies and labor needs are crucial for maritime sectors to compete against other industries to attract talent from the next generations of workers. This paper presents a conceptual framework for a pathway-based curricula development. The framework was implemented in a pilot curricula development as a case study of 4-year university and 2-year community college partners both of which offer maritime educations. The case study implemented the framework to guide the efforts to create a comprehensive curriculum encompassing a Maritime Administration (MARAD) curriculum at Pasadena College. This curriculum in turn would enable students to pursue advancing their education through the pathway, that is, to the bachelor degree level or beyond. This framework contributes to the education strategy field with a strategic tool for logistics educators to assess, review, and develop curricula with supporting courses and learning materials.
Maritime, curricula, pathway, logistics, strategic