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Maritime Academy students get personal tours on training ship

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After Paul Cox graduates from Maritime Academy of Toledo, he will go to the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City. After Paul Cox graduates from Maritime Academy of Toledo, he will go to the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City.
Their training ship made it to the Glass City on Monday, and students have been able to get an up close and personal tour of what it's like to live on a ship. Their training ship made it to the Glass City on Monday, and students have been able to get an up close and personal tour of what it's like to live on a ship.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A student from the Maritime Academy of Toledo will go to the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City after graduation. Their training ship made it to the Glass City on Monday, and students have been able to get an up close and personal tour of what it's like to live on a ship, including the work that has to be done.

It was a special tour for one senior because this will be his way of life come next year. Next week, 18-year-old Oregon native Paul Cox will graduate from the Maritime Academy. He says it's a place he believes has prepared him for his next venture in life.

"In the career tech class, we learned about ships in general, a lot about how they work, what you're going to do in certain positions, and how you're going to respond to certain issues," said Cox.

The ship docked on Monday and on Tuesday, students from the academy got a chance to see exactly how the crew lives and what their daily activities are.

"It's a great thing to come down and take a bunch of young people out and let them see a larger world than just what they see. And they decide that they want to stay in school and want to study," said Capt. Joe McGuniess.

McGuniess says these tours are a form of inspiration for students, hoping to keep them in school and off the streets. He says he's excited to have Cox in the academy next fall, but Cox is even more excited. 

"I'll make a decent amount of money doing this and mariners are just a great group of people. I've been around a lot of them and they are just a great group of people," said Cox.

On Wednesday, more than a dozen Maritime Academy cadets, as well as two instructors, will make the trip to the ship's next port in Detroit. This is the first time cadets will be allowed to travel on board the ship and interact with Great Lakes Maritime Academy cadets.

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