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Creating Tomorrow’s Workforce

We’ve all seen the signs: “We’re hiring!” Help wanted!” and now the Omicron variant is taking a toll on an already depleted workforce.

More than 20 million Americans quit their jobs in the second half of 2021. “The Great Resignation” has affected supply chains and services, worldwide.

The reasons for the mass exodus are many, but the question remains, what can businesses do about it?

The pandemic made us realize how crucial the life sciences industry is in medical research. The life sciences field is the fastest growing sector in Massachusetts but it’s not immune to workforce shortages.

Our cover story explores how Massachusetts Maritime Academy fits into the business world. More than just a place for maritime study, and thanks to forward-thinking leaders and alumni and key partnerships, the public university is steering a course toward careers in the offshore wind industry and life sciences.

This month’s Last Word delves into how businesses can retain employees and Martha Fields, an author and consultant, offers some valuable insights.

Stay healthy out there and thank you for helping us support the Cape Cod and Plymouth area business community.

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Ella StranoMeet Cadet Ella Strano

Ella Strano, 21, of Sandwich is a second class cadet (junior) at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Why did you choose Mass Maritime Academy?
I was attracted to MMA for its Marine Transportation program and for the rigorous regiment. I liked knowing that I was signing up for a challenge and I was choosing an industry and college experience that was off the beaten path.

What course of study are you taking?
I am studying to become a third mate, also known as a deck safety officer, through Mass Maritime’s Marine Transportation program. I also am working towards minoring in Marine Biology. From an early age I loved all things marine and was really interested in science. In eighth grade, I went to a summer camp hosted on the campus and run by cadets and I was :introduced to the major and loved how it combined working on the ocean and the applied science of navigation. I also knew that going to a college that prides itself on discipline and cultivating leadership skills would work with my personality and work ethic.

What career do you hope to enter after graduation?
I hope to get a third mate position on a research vessel preferably for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

What is it like being one of the few women cadets?
While statistically speaking our student body has a much larger percentage of men than women we like to say our school is male populated but not male dominated! I am lucky in that I get to be a part of such a close knit group of women that set a strong example for our male shipmates.


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