On August 14, 2019, the Tampa Bay Bridge to Baccalaureate (TB B2B) embarked on a boat tour of Port Tampa Bay. TB B2B students from St Petersburg College and Hillsborough Community College climbed aboard the Bay Spirit II along with the Captain, crew and expert Tour Guide, Dennis Martin to learn about future employment possibilities for STEM majors.

Port Tampa Bay is by far Florida’s largest port, handling over 37 million tons of cargo per year. The Tampa Port is very diverse and handles all major cargo categories such as:

  • Liquid bulk (petroleum, sulfur, ammonia, orange juice)
  • Dry bulk (fertilizer, limestone, granite, cement, coal)
  • Containers (food, beverages, furniture, lubricants, agricultural products)
  • Automobiles
  • Cruise (1 million passengers per year)
  • Full service shipbuilding and repair

While experiencing the sights, sounds and sweeping views of the harbor, TB B2B Students learned that all of the above areas could be potential career targets for STEM majors. Interested students are encouraged to visit https://www.porttb.com/employment-opportunities to explore future possibilities for employment and internships. The Port Directory available on the website: www.porttb.com is a valuable resource that provides information on all the businesses associated with the Port.

The TB-B2B (Tampa Bay Bridge to the Baccalaureate) Program provides resources and support to STEM students as they work to achieve their four-year STEM degree. The program is grant funded by the Nation Science Foundation (NSF) as part of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP).

Written by Reney Lizotte 8/22/2019