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While Cal Maritime Academy (CMA) students are away for summer – on a two-month intensive maritime training cruise – high school students from Oakland and San Francisco fill their seats.

 

 

They come to the Vallejo-based Cal State University campus for Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP), a six-week preparation program and partnership with the ACE Mentor Program for selected high school students interested in careers and college educations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

 

“Students go back and say to their principals that they are better off, that they feel more comfortable,” said Director Howard Jackson on how students leave SAEP with more confidence in their academic abilities.

 

Every weekday, student participants work in and out of the classroom from roughly 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., taking classes in English, math, engineering and more. They eat in campus’ waterfront dining facilities and sleep in the dorms. SAEP also exposes students to maritime sports like crew, and swim classes are incorporated into weekly schedules.

 

Jackson, who is a retired marine, said that in addition to academic training, the 42-night residential program is “like going to college early.”

 

Now in its 16th year, SAEP also introduces students to real jobs in STEM fields by inviting guest speakers to talk about what opportunities exist and what it takes to get there.

 

“Just working at the Port of Oakland, I have had exposure to the rail industry, the aviation industry, and I’m also working with the community,” Port of Oakland employee Yen Kelly told students on Tuesday during a guest lecture.

 

Kelly, who graduated from CMA in 2012 and now works as Assistant Management Analyst for the Port of Oakland, said maritime business is “not an industry that is well-known” despite controlling nearly 90 percent of global trade.

 

She also emphasized the importance of increasing diversity and representation of people of color in the field.

 

Jackson said that the void relates to how in the past, minorities were “not invited” to work in the maritime industry unless it involved truck driving. SAEP attempts to change that by preparing youth of color for competitive careers both on land and sea.

 

In recent years, however, critical decreases in funding have forced program coordinators to cut various aspects of the program.

 

For instance, with participation costing nearly $4,500 per student, SEAP could only afford to support nine students this year. Jackson said previous years typically brought in 25-30 students.

 

To increase participation again, Jackson and SAEP recruiter and instructor Tom Scott said they are searching for funding beyond what organizations such as the Oakland Unified School District and San Francisco Public Works provide.

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Oakland Native Serves in Navy’s ‘Silent Service’ of Submarine Technology

A major component of that maritime security is homeported at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., where Zeigler is stationed.

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Justin Ziegler

An Oakland native is serving aboard USS Florida, one of the world’s most advanced nuclear-powered submarines.

Fireman Justin Zeigler, a 2008 Life Academy High School graduate and 2017 University of California, Los Angeles graduate, joined the Navy one year ago.

“I joined the Navy to be a part of something new and completely outside of what I had been exposed to,” said Zeigler. “I really wanted to challenge myself. and I feel the core values of the Navy represent what I strive for.”

Today, Zeigler serves as a machinist’s mate whose responsibilities include working on nuclear propulsion machinery.
According to Zeigler, the values required to succeed in the military are similar to those found in Oakland.

“I learned resilience from my hometown,” said Zeigler. “I think that’s been a part of my life and childhood. It’s what’s keeping me going while serving in the Navy.”

Known as America’s “Silent Service,” the Navy’s submarine force operates a large fleet of technically advanced vessels. These submarines are capable of conducting rapid defensive and offensive operations around the world, in furtherance of U.S. national security.

There are three basic types of submarines: fast-attack submarines (SSN), ballistic-missile submarines (SSBN) and guided-missile submarines (SSGN).

As a member of the submarine force, Zeigler is part of a rich 121-year history of the U.S. Navy’s most versatile weapons platform, capable of taking the fight to the enemy in the defense of America and its allies.
Serving in the Navy means Zeigler is part of a team that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.

“The submarine force is always out there ready to strike,” said Zeigler.

With more than 90% of all trade traveling by sea, and 95% of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through underwater fiber optic, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.

A major component of that maritime security is homeported at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., where Zeigler is stationed.

As Zeigler and other sailors continue to train and perform the missions they are tasked with, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.

“Serving in the Navy means being a part of something more than myself,” added Zeigler. “I’m committing to my team, always striving to be better and bringing more to the table.”

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East Bay Area Section of NCNW: 70th Anniversary

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East Bay Area Section of NCNW: 70th Anniversary Flyer

The Oakland Post’s coverage of local news in Alameda County is supported by the Ethnic Media Sustainability Initiative, a program created by California Black Media and Ethnic Media Services to support community newspapers across California.

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Ella Baker Center Turns 25

Community members will have the opportunity to join the celebration virtually or in person at Restore Oakland at 1419 34th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601.

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Alicia Garza

Co-founder of Black Lives Matter (BLM) Alicia Garza and Michelle Alexander, acclaimed author of “The New Jim Crow,” will join youth justice leader Xochtil Larios to discuss a collective vision for liberation at the Ella Baker Center’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27.

After 25 years of working to empower Black and Brown communities and fighting for a world without prisons and policing, the event will seek to inspire organizers, community members and changemakers to reflect on past victories in the movement for social justice and imagine how to continue moving toward a world based on justice.

The event will include entertainment by musicians, poets as well as comments by founders of the Ella Baker Center, Dianna Frappier and Van Jones. Community members will have the opportunity to join the celebration virtually or in person at Restore Oakland at 1419 34th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601.

The in-person event will be held outdoors and available to vaccinated guests only. 

To RSVP for the virtual event, please email ashley@ellabakercenter.org by Oct. 14 

The Oakland Post’s coverage of local news in Alameda County is supported by the Ethnic Media Sustainability Initiative, a program created by California Black Media and Ethnic Media Services to support community newspapers across California.

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