Partnership Opens Door to College Degrees


July 2017


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The Seafarers Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship (SHLSS) at the union-affiliated Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education (PHC) is now a signatory to a partnership with the College of Southern Maryland (CSM), Leonardtown Campus to offer an Associate of Applied Science degree program in Maritime Operations Technology to Seafarers.



Making the alliance official June 5 during a signing ceremony at the PHC’s Piney Point, Maryland-based campus were: PHC Acting Vice President Tommy Orzechowski, Seafarers Plans Administrator Maggie Bowen; CSM President Bradley Gottfried; and CSM Vice President Continuing Education and Workforce Development Dr. Dan Mosser. Each signed and exchanged copies of memorandums of agreement which outlined the parameters of the partnership.


“On behalf of the Lundeberg School and Paul Hall Center, I’d like to thank CSM for providing this opportunity for this partnership,” said Orzechowski immediately following the signing ceremony. “We hope [the partnership] will extend many, many years into the future for our current Seafarers and their prospective students.”


“I’d like to second your feelings,” said CSM President Gottfried. “This is very important for the college. It’s all about work force development, it’s all about working with the community.


“This (the PHC) is such an important facility in Southern Maryland and for us to be able to work with you in a partnership means so much to us,” he continued. “And I know this was not easy … there have been a lot of people involved … a lot of moving parts and I want to thank everyone who made this come to fruition.”


Witnessing the event were a host of officials from the union, PHC and CSM. Included were: SIU President Michael Sacco, SIU Executive Vice President Augie Tellez, SIU Vice President Contracts George Tricker, PHC Asst. VP/Director of Manpower Bart Rogers, PHC Director of Training Priscilla Labanowski, PHC Instructional Coordinator Monica Szepesi, PHC Academic Coordinator/Registrar Dale Rausch and PHC Quality Standard System Coordinator Mike Loughran. In addition to Doctors Gotterfield and Mosser, the CSM delegation consisted of CSM Trustee Chair Dorothea Holt Smith, CSM Trustee Dr. John Roache, CSM Vice President/Dean of Leonardtown Campus Dr. Tracy Harris, CSM Assistant Vice President Student Services Regina Bowman-Goldring, CSM Director of Strategic Partnerships Barbara Ives, CSM Director of Workforce Development Programs Kelly Winters and CSM Director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development Operations Joyce Embrey.


To qualify for this program, applicants must meet all basic admission requirements for Paul Hall Center resident courses. Currently, only graduates of the PHC Apprentice Program, or the school’s former entry rating program may apply. Additionally, those pursuing degrees under this program also must meet established minimal requirements for admission to the CSM.


Under the terms of the partnership, the Associate of Applied Science degrees will be conferred upon individuals following their successful completion of all requirements. Degrees will be awarded under two concentrations: Nautical Science (for deck department students) and Marine Engineering (for engine department students.)


With respect to curriculums for both concentrations, students must complete a combination of required academic and general education courses as well as vocational technical education classes in order to earn their degrees. CSM will provide all of the general education courses while the PHC will provide all technical courses. CSM courses will be available online.


Specific information pertaining to admission requirements, costs, financial assistance and course requirements may be obtained by calling the SHLSS Academic Coordinator Dale Rausch at (301) 994- 0010, ext. 5411. Emails may be sent to


The CSM is a regional community college serving the Maryland counties of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s. It serves more than 25,000 credit and continuing education students at its campuses in Leonardtown, La Plata and Prince Frederick, Maryland, and its newest regional campus in Hughesville, Maryland. CSM is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. General education courses completed at CSM are transferable to any public college or university in Maryland and elsewhere.


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