yep, nice newer ship and its a requirement for all cadets to do a "Sea Term" (they go to sea for a few months to places like South America, Alaska, Etc.)
MMA = Mass Maritime Academy (The largest & arguably the best Maritime School in the country), Its an unusual college because it not only has extremely difficult academic curriculum for real world application (Engineering, Design, Etc.) Combined with state of the art real world tools that teach (Like Architectural Buildings, Wind Mills, Ships, Etc.) but ALSO the student has to endure a military way of life (Up at 4am to Jog miles, endure what the coast guard does in 8 weeks but do it in 4 weeks, survival, emt, room inspections, marching, shaved heads, 10 second showers, drug testing, etc,etc,etc,) This is why MMA has better placement than Ivy League Schools... The work ethic, discipline, respect, leadership, combined with top notch academic program, combined with "real world" licenses upon graduating that include things like a 100 Ton Master or OUPV License, etc. (These are things that are mighty powerful tools!!!) so when you see a graduate of the Mass Maritime Academy they pretty much have ability just by virtue of being a grad from MMA to pick job offers from around the world! These jobs are as broad of the mechanics who repair or design ships and their mechanical systems to those who Capt. them to those who tell them where to go and how to go their (like air traffic controllers but on the Sea) to mathematical professors as well as to become instant officers in full time military.