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Media Contact: Mary Stella, Director of Media & Marketing
305-289-1121, ext. 254


Dolphin Research Center Training Institute Graduates Class of 2021

Grassy Key… Three exemplary students have completed 36 weeks of intensive study and hands-on work and earned Occupational Associates degrees in Marine Mammal Behavior, Care, & Training from Dolphin Research Center Training Institute (DRCTI). The experience and knowledge they received prepares them to work at marine mammal facilities or other zoological institutions anywhere in the world.

The Class of 2021’s graduates are: Bianca Cheung, Josie Koren, and Jessica Massie.  All three of the alumni have also been hired by Dolphin Research Center. Koren has joined the Animal Care & Habitat department; Cheung and Massie will work as seasonal staff in Animal Care & Training.
“We could not be prouder of the graduates and the phenomenal effort they devoted to their program over the last several months. They truly earned their degrees and will be outstanding marine mammal trainers and caregivers wherever they work,” said Noelle Belden, Dean of DRCTI.

Dolphin Research Center Training Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) #M072566 and Licensed by the State of Florida Commission for Independent Education (CIE) #4766. Founded in 2012 and originally called College of Marine Mammal Professions,

DRCTI is a highly selective program and only enrolls a small number of students for each school term which runs from early September to mid-May. The majority of previous graduates are working in animal care and training or related fields around the country.
Students for the 2021-2022 school term have already been selected. The application period for 2022-2023 opens September 1st. More information, including prerequisites, curriculum, and costs, can be found at, or by calling 305-289-1121, ext. 215.


Our Mission - Through education, research and rescue, Dolphin Research Center promotes peaceful coexistence, cooperation and communication between marine mammals, humans and the environment we share with the well being of DRC's animals taking precedence.
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