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Marine careers - Learn about seaway traffic controllers and conduct an interview


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Resource: Seaway traffic control


Media (2 mins)Join Alexandra Couture, a controller at the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, where she directs vessel traffic, lifts bridges, and operates the locks! Learn about her career path, the skills she needs, and the challenges a controller faces.

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Activity (2 hours): Career interview: Students reflect on Alexandra’s job as a seaway traffic controller. Then students interview an adult about their career.

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