SCF to Set Sail with Sea|mester

(Bradenton, Fla., March 31, 2010) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is the new academic partner with Sea|mester, a “campus at sea” program offering college-level courses on sailing vessels that circumnavigate the globe. The articulation agreement with Sarasota-based Sea-mester was approved by the SCF District Board of Trustees at its Wednesday, March 17 meeting.

Sea|mester's unique program blends the teaching of practical watermanship skills with academic interests in ocean and earth science while promoting teamwork and leadership. The program attracts students from around the world.

“SCF’s innovative partnership with Sea|mester broadens opportunities for our college and offers greater access than previously available to unique international exploration,” said SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner.

Students will engage in experiential learning beyond a traditional classroom as they embark on a journey aboard sailing vessels Argo or Ocean Star to locations including the Caribbean Lesser Antilles, Mediterranean, Australia, Indonesia, Asia, Polynesia and the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans.

College credits will be earned in SCF courses including seamanship, oceanography, marine biology, leadership and speech communications. The SCF-Sea|mester program will launch this summer and courses will be taught by SCF-approved Sea|mester faculty whose credentials and experience meet standards of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

“We’re excited to partner with SCF and are confident this partnership will enhance students’ academic experiences,” said Mike Meighan, a Sea|mester director, who attended the board meeting with Travis Yates, Sea|mester director of operations and marine superintendent.

Yates noted that SCF’s new baccalaureate degree-granting status and the ease of working with a local college made SCF an attractive academic partner.

Hafner echoed the local connection appeal. “It’s great to have the opportunity to partner with a local company that has a respected international presence and vision,” Hafner said.

Enrollment and other information will be available soon on the SCF and Sea|mester Web sites.

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