California State University Maritime Academy
According to the American Association of Port
Authorities, the amount of cargo shipped by water
is expected to triple by the year 2020. The California
Maritime Academy is critical to helping build a
strong workforce. Cal Maritime is one of only seven
degree-granting maritime academies in the
country. Its students enjoy a nearly 100 percent
job placement rate. With an average time to
graduation rate of four years, Cal Maritime
students enter the workforce and begin
contributing to the economy earlier than their
High Magnitude Economic Impact
Cal Maritime’s annual impact on the Bay Area region and the
State of California is enormous:
- Annual spending related to Cal Maritime ($50 million) generates
a total impact of $77 million on the regional economy, and more
than $88 million on the statewide economy.
- This impact sustains more than 590 jobs in the region and
statewide more than 740 jobs.
- Per year, the impact generates more than $4.4 million in local
and $4.9 in statewide tax revenue.
- Even greater—more than $27 million of the earnings by alumni
from Cal Maritime are attributable to their CSU degrees, which
creates an additional $122 million of industry activity throughout
Cal Maritime improves California’s economy with
research, innovation and entrepreneurship.
- The Pacific Ocean plays a crucial role in the state’s identity, quality
of life, and economy. To help advance technologies that protect
the maritime environment, Cal Maritime now provides resources
aboard its training ship Golden Bear that enable manufacturers of
ballast water treatment systems to test and certify their designs
for international usage. Prototypes can be loaded aboard the vessel
and tested both at berth while the ship is docked at the Vallejo
campus and at sea during summer training voyages. Development
of such systems is vital in the effort to eliminate marine organisms
carried in ballast water before that ballast is discharged in or near
foreign ports. The program is administered by Cal Maritime’s
Department of Sponsored Projects and Extended Learning.
- Cal Maritime is committed to taking a leadership position in developing
standardized training and curricula for its students and the professional
maritime community. Cal Maritime has partnered with maritime,
defense, and homeland security organizations to develop statewide
standards for homeland security exercises, evaluation, education, and
training. Named the Consortium for Maritime Security Exercises and
Training, the group is the first California consortium to address statewide
maritime security standards. Cal Maritime is designated and funded as
the state’s official source of maritime security and exercise training.
- International cruises aboard Cal Maritime’s training ship Golden Bear
provide students with an awareness of the world and its diverse political
and economic systems, business practices, and social customs. During
visits to foreign ports, student groups visit with area businesses and
commercial managers to gain a new understanding of global trading
patterns and regional politics, cultures, and economics. Students also can
participate in semester or year-abroad programs at foreign institutions of
higher education ranging from England and Mexico to Korea and China.
Visiting professors from countries such as China and Russia also enrich
the campus curriculum with their expertise and fresh perspectives.
Cal Maritime improves life in the Bay Area region and beyond
through community service.
- Each summer Cal Maritime holds a Summer Academic Enrichment
Program, which prepares under-motivated and economically
disadvantaged teens from the East Bay for college. During the six-week
program, each student participates in college life, works as part of a team
on an engineering project, participates in field trips to the Port of Oakland
and the San Francisco Maritime Museum, and takes sailboat and basic
- Cal Maritime’s international training cruises open up philanthropic
opportunities to students and the campus. Each year, Cal Maritime’s
Circle K Club looks at the summer’s cruise itinerary and picks an
organization to assist. Donations are raised locally through the Vallejo
Kiwanis Club and the Cal Maritime community. Cal Maritime’s Circle K
Club recently received the designation of one of the nation’s “Awesome
Clubs” by CKI Magazine.
- English is the language used for international communication at sea. To
help increase the English vocabulary of Japanese cadets—specifically
their knowledge of maritime terms and technology—Cal Maritime
has partnered with the National Institute for Sea Training (NIST), an
independent administrative institution under the Japanese Government,
on NIST’s Maritime English Program. For the past several years, Cal
Maritime cadets have traveled to Japan to teach English to Japanese
maritime students aboard Japanese training ships.
The California State University Maritime Academy, 200 Maritime Academy Drive, Vallejo, CA 94590, (707) 654-1000