The Mission of California Maritime Academy is to provide each student with a college education combining intellectual learning, applied technology, leadership development, and global awareness.
The Edwards Leadership Development Program (ELDP), funded in part by a generous gift of the Tom and Libby Edwards Family, provides the framework for the cadet's common experience in Leadership Development. It is a comprehensive co-curricular program integrated with academic programing which will prepare our cadets for leadership opportunities within the Corps of Cadets, and our graduates for fulfilling careers in the global maritime workforce. Along with an aggressive and challenging academic curriculum and required international experience, completion of the requirements of the ELDP contribute to providing Cal Maritime graduates a distinct leadership advantage upon commencing their careers.
The Edwards Leadership Development Program is built on a maritime model embracing the history, tradition and importance of the seafaring chain of command, while promoting active participation in modern team management practices. The foundation of the program promotes a maritime leader who at all times "does good for the greater good." The maritime leader is a loyal shipmate, who is ethical, responsive and goal-oriented, who strives for excellence, demonstrates integrity, and is confident, ever-learning, and adaptive.