Dolphin Research Center Training Institute (DRCTI)
The Dolphin Research Center Training Institute (DRCTI), formerly College of Marine Mammal Professions, was established by Dolphin Research Center (DRC) in 2012 in response to the limited availability of licensed professional educational programs that prepare individuals for careers regarding the behavior, care and training of marine mammals. Currently the Training Institute offers an ****Occupational Associate's Degree in Marine Mammal Behavior, Care and Training, with the intention of expanding and offering other degrees within the field of marine mammal professions.
The Dolphin Research Center Training Institute is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 4766
DRC is a not for profit organization that is home to a colony of dolphins and California sea lions. Our marine mammal family lives in natural lagoons in the Gulf of Mexico. A fully accredited member of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA) as well as an organizational member of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association (IMATA), the facility is open to the public and welcomes more than 75,000 visitors each year.
DRC was co-founded by Jayne and Mandy Rodriguez with the idea of educating and inspiring people for the benefit of marine mammals and the environment we share. Their core ideal of creating strong relationships between marine mammals and people, based on trust and respect, remains strong today. Whether it is a guest visiting DRC for an interactive program, or a staff member nurturing sincere friendships with the marine mammals they care for, the relationship and sense of partnership between marine mammals and people is a treasured part of the equation. Based on this foundation, DRC has become a leader in animal care and training techniques, including world renowned, innovative husbandry, research and interactive programming.
**** Dolphin Research Center Training Institute (Formerly College of Marine Mammal Professions) was granted a programmatic change from the Florida Commission for Independent Education. The administration of DRCTI believes that our Marine Mammal Behavior, Care & Training program would be better served under an Occupational Associate's Degree (OAD), not an Academic Associate's Degree (AAD). In general, our graduates are going from DRCTI directly into the field of animal care and training as opposed to continuing their academic career. The curriculum taught will remain the same but will include a slightly different course and faculty listing.
*Please note that an Occupational Associate's Degree is a terminal degree and credits may not be transferable to other institutions.
Contact the Institute
DRC Training Institute
c/o Dolphin Research Center
58901 Overseas Highway
Grassy Key, FL 33050
Phone: 305/289-1121 x215