San Diego colleges offering degree program for mariners

San Diego, CA — California Maritime Institute, Inc. and San Diego City College have announced an Associate of Arts Degree program designed to prepare students for positions in the operation and management of a variety of private and commercial vessels.

The proposed two-year degree program combines studies in business management and leadership with instruction and training in maritime disciplines. Working mariners are able to use their sea service experience combined with the school’s training to obtain U.S. Coast Guard licenses. The professional level courses at Maritime Institute have enabled thousands of students to achieve U. S. Coast Guard licensure and to obtain certification for positions within the commercial maritime industry.

Both institutions see the new program as an important innovation for the workforce of this vital California industry.

“Our primary objective has always been to improve the safety and operational skill levels of our students,” said Maritime Institute President Harry G. Laragione. “This degree program may significantly increase the career opportunities and value of our students within their industry.”

After successfully completing four academic semesters plus maritime coursework, and meeting all USCG requirements, a student will receive an Associate of Arts Degree. With the appropriate sea service, students may be qualified to sit for U.S. Coast Guard examinations up to Master 1600 Gross Tons Upon Oceans, and issuance of Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) credentials.

San Diego City College provides academic or occupational training to 100,000 students annually. Maritime Institute draws students from a cross section of the general public; many are already working in a marine related field.

By Professional Mariner Staff