Campus: San Diego State University -- March 15, 2005

SDSU's Extended Studies Receives $35,000 Grant From Unified Port of San Diego

San Diego State University's College of Extended Studies (CES) has been awarded a $35,000 grant by the Unified Port of San Diego for the College's new Professional Certificate in Maritime Careers program.

CES received the largest grant of the nearly $454,000 that the Port Commission awarded to 39 community organizations as part of its annual financial assistance program for groups which hold events benefiting port-administered tidelands.

"Our Maritime Careers program is specifically designed to provide for the continuing demand for skilled professions in all aspects of Maritime studies," said William E. Byxbee, CES dean. "It is particularly gratifying to receive this recognition from the Port Commission. It says in a very clear and fundamental way that the College of Extended Studies at SDSU is attuned to the needs of our community and is always prepared to meet those needs with new and innovative programming."

CES launched its Professional Certificate in Maritime Careers program last month. The curriculum is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve success in the shoreside/waterfront and/or oceangoing maritime industry. Some classes are held off-site, and a hands-on approach is incorporated.

Among those who will attend the program are entry level workers, deckhands, navigators, estimators, waterfront security guards, planners/schedulers, project managers, facilities managers, and contract administrators.

"A certificate such as the one offered by San Diego State's College of Extended Studies clearly prepares people to advance their career in the booming maritime industry," said Michael Bixler, commissioner, Board of Port Commissioners for the Unified Port of San Diego. "A certificate is a very important qualification to help people toward this exciting career opportunity."

Contact: Steve Dolan, (619) 594-5664,

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