California Maritime Academy has taken a definitive step toward dropping anchor in Vallejo’s downtown, a spokesman said Monday.Talk of establishing a Cal-Maritime downtown satellite campus is not new, but the school is taking a harder look at the prospect, said Cal-Maritime spokesman Doug Webster.
To that end, Cal-Maritime is hiring a consultant to prepare a needs assessment, and to look at the idea from a number of angles, Webster said.
One option is to establish a polytechnic institute which would carry on Cal-Maritime’s traditions of specialized training but expand that into other disciplines, Cal-Maritime Provost Jerry Jakubowski said.
Polytechnic schools, such as California Polytechnic State universities in San Luis Obispo and Pomona, help prepare students for today’s scientific and technical world.
“Right now the California Maritime Academy is rather limited in the number of programs we offer,” Jakubowski said. “All of the programs are directed toward the maritime industry. We want to see if there’s a need for us to offer other programs.”
“Polytechnic” is that the new fancy term for non-regiment cadets?