President Cropper attended the 44th Annual Silver Bell Awards, in New York, where the Seamen’s Church Institute recognized the contributions to the future of the maritime industry by honoring the America’s maritime academies. The maritime academies collectively received this award for “their unique roles in educating a diverse, talented community of young mariners in the nautical sciences, marine and systems engineering, and supply chain and intermodal logistics.”  

Established in 1929, California State University Maritime Academy is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. Located in Vallejo, California, the campus serves nearly 1,000 students and offers undergraduate degrees preparing students for careers in engineering, transportation, international relations, business, and global logistics. The new oceanography degree program launched in the fall of 2020. Cal Maritime also offers a master’s degree in Transportation and Engineering Management, as well as a number of extended learning programs and courses.