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NEWPORT, R.I. - Thirteen students of Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA) Blended Class 43 graduated at Naval Station Newport, Dec. 9.

They completed a blended course of instruction developed and designed to challenge and educate senior U.S. Navy enlisted personnel in the areas of professional writing, communication skills, public speaking, leadership, organizational behavior, team building, physical conditioning, and brilliant on the basics.

The graduates are:
  • MACS Thomas Beach
  • AECS Brooke Burd
  • EOCS Corey Cain
  • UCCM James Cochran
  • EQCM Jose Delrosario
  • HTCS David Kallas
  • YNCS Amy Kelly
  • LSCS Verlin McManigal
  • LSCS Monica Santiago
  • YNCM Robert Sosa
  • AMCS Charles Starkey
  • BUCS Michael Warren
  • HMCS Nathan Whiddon
The unique educational experience of the Senior Enlisted Academy Blended curriculum set over an eight-week period develops stronger leaders by preparing them to fulfill their expanded and ever widening roles in the areas of leadership and management responsibilities.

Students spent six weeks participating in a Blackboard environment, followed by two weeks in residence. Through extensive reading, writing in APA format, self-study, and public speaking, the design of the class allowed for a free exchange of ideas, sharing of experiences, reasoning in problem solving and fostering self-confidence and team building. 

SEA uses facilitated seminar as the primary method of curriculum delivery.  Stage lectures featuring subject matter experts from the Naval War College, Naval Justice School, Naval Personnel Command, local colleges and universities enhance various blocks of instruction, discussing topics at the fleet, national security, regional studies, and strategic critical thinking levels. 
Currently, SEA is offering four blended courses in 2012. More information on the SEA is available at

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Posted by Cmdr. Carla McCarthy