How do I become a Community Host? In order to become a Community Host to a Cal Maritime cadet, you must fill out the Community Host Application and submit it to the Cadet-Community Connection (C3) Office. Eligible applicants will be at least 28 years of age and live within a 25 miles radius of the Cal Maritime campus. The C3 Staff will process your application as quickly as possible, including a background check. Upon approval of your application, every effort will be made to match Community Hosts with the best possible cadet based on similar interests.
As a Community Host what can I do for my cadet and what is expected from me? Community Hosts provide friendship, understanding and encouragement to incoming freshmen cadets during the demanding first year at the Academy. Community Hosts are meant to provide a local "family connection" for Cadets and should help cadets learn more about Vallejo so that they may experience the many positive aspects that the town, Solano County and the Bay Area have to offer. After applying, all Community Hosts will have a background check and undergo approximately 2 hours of training on campus.
What are my cadet's responsibilities? Cadets are expected to act as mature adults and future Maritime Officers and Business Professionals. Only the highest standards of personal behavior, etiquette, and accountability are acceptable. Cadets are aware of the rules and policies to which they are subject and should not place a Community Host in any pressured situations regarding campus rules. Cadets are also encouraged to keep Community Hosts involved in Cal Maritime activities and to express their appreciation for a Community Host's generosity.
Does the Cadet-Community Connection only apply to incoming freshmen or can I remain matched with the same cadet until graduation? The program is designed for incoming freshmen cadets, however we encourage and support the idea that many families may want to continue their relationship with their cadet until graduation. Additionally, we hope that the connectons made create lifelong friendships.
What are the rules regarding cadets and alcohol? California State Law prohibits the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21 years of age. This restriction extends to the cadets within a Community Host's home. As a Community Host, you must understand that the consequences for the underage consumption of alcohol are severe.
What are the rules regarding transportation of cadets? Cadets are not authorized to have a vehicle on campus (*unless special permission has been obtained). They may ride in vehicles owned by authorized Community Hosts, staff and faculty members, and upper class cadets who are properly licensed and insured.
What should I do if I have a problem with my cadet? Should you experience a problem with your cadet, please contact the Cadet-Community Office at the California State University Maritime Academy. The C3 Office will be able to assist you in resolving any problem that might arise. The office phone number is (707) 654-1412.
Can I contact my cadet's parents? We request that you do not contact your cadet's parents until your cadet has authorized you to do so. There will be an opportunity during Cadet Orientation at the end of August for you to meet your assigned cadet and their family. It is our hope that your cadet will become an extension of your family and that you will become an extension of theirs. However, we do encourage all involved to set boundaries and be clear about the extent of contact preferred.
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