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March 2013: Santa Barbara City College is ranked #1 in the United States by the Aspen Institute!

SBCC's Marine Technology Program received the "Exemplary Program Award from the State of California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office in 1998.

This is the highest honor bestowed among the 112 Community Colleges statewide.

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photo by Steven M. BarskyOur world increasingly relies upon the resources and knowledge gained from the ocean and marine environment, our last frontier. This demand requires the Marine Technology Program to continue in providing the highest quality divers and marine technicians worldwide.

The program is the only community college degree program in the nation which is accredited by both the Association of Commercial Diving Educators (ACDE) and the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI). Santa Barbara City College pioneered formalized diver and technician education in 1968 with the A.S degree curriculum. Students who enroll in the Marine Technology Program have options to obtain an A.S. degree in Marine Technology or certifications from both the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Association of Diving Contractors (ADC) in commercial diving. SBCC also issues diver certifications meeting the Association of Contractors (ADC) standards, under the ADC standard 1099.

The two semester training program is designed to meet the needs of marine construction, research and diving industries. These multi-billion dollar industries are dynamic and require personnel who have a broad training base with technical skills above and below the water. The A.S. Degree Marine Technician program trains professional marine technicians and commercial divers. The modularized training curriculum includes instruction in all phases of commercial diving, hyperbarics, bell/saturation diving emergency medicine and welding to name but a few. Teamwork and safety are the prime emphasis of technician training.

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The Marine Technology Department also offers customized short term educational programs for private industrial firms, public service organizations and their employees seeking to upgrade their skills in evolving technology. These programs can be delivered on or off campus depending upon requirements. There are virtually unlimited opportunities and challenges for the individual who desires an exciting and rewarding future researching the world's needs for mineral resources, new and additional sources of food and medicine, transportation, recreation, national defense and the necessity to extend man's ability to work on and under the sea. 

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      SBCC Marine Technology Facility on Loma Alata Drive

SBCC Has a dedicated highly specialized training facility on its 89 acre seaside campus.