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College's maritime training program wins national honors

The Forerunner, Clatsop Community College's research vessel, takes a class out on the water for studies. (Courtesy Clatsop Community College)
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Clatsop Community College’s Maritime science program was named a Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education.

It is one of 27 training institutions in 16 states to receive the honor from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration.

The designation recognizes “the tremendous value that your institution provides to our nation by developing and preparing students for demanding careers in our vitally important maritime industry,” DOT Acting Maritime Administrator Lucina Lessley wrote in the May 19 announcement.

“Your graduates have made outstanding contributions to the industry over the years, which is an excellent testimonial to the superior academic and professional education and training they received while attending Clatsop Community College.”

The designation opens opportunities for the college to enter into cooperative agreements to help advance recruitment of students and faculty, enhance facilities, award student credit for military service, and potentially receive assistance in the form of surplus equipment or temporary use of maritime vessels.

“Given the critical nature of maritime transportation to our economy, changes such as this, that allow the industry to improve safety and efficiency of operations, have the potential for significant economic impacts throughout the region,” said Bill Antilla, a 25-year instructor in the college’s maritime science program.

The Center of Excellence program is designed to assist the maritime industry in gaining and sustaining a well-trained labor force while enhancing diversity and inclusion in the industry, according to DOT.

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