Landing School hands out first associate’s degrees

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The Landing School awarded its first Associate of Applied Science degrees in marine industry technology to students June 11 at the 33rd annual commencement ceremony.

Among the 64 graduating students, seven were degree recipients who completed two years of education and training at the post-secondary institution in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Bestselling author Matthew B. Crawford delivered the commencement address, and members of the administration and board of trustees presented the degrees to the students.

The Landing School was given approval to grant associate’s degrees in 2009. The Class of 2011 was the first to be eligible to earn them; students were required to successfully complete two full-time, 10-month programs and 15 credit hours of general education.

“This is an historic day in The Landing School’s long, renowned history,” school president Robert DeColfmacker said in a statement. “The degree recipients are graduating as well-rounded professionals with the trade skills and business savvy that will launch them into very successful careers in the marine industry.”