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PSNS & IMF, superintendent receive college trustees' award  

By PSNS & IMF Public Affairs

The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, along with one of its superintendents, received the Partner of the Year award from the Washington State Associate of College Trustees during the annual ACT awards ceremony Thursday evening at Bellevue’s Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Bryan Watland, the training superintendent in the PSNS & IMF Product Line Department, was singled out to receive the award, along with the organization as a whole, for partnering with Olympic College in the apprenticeship program and cooperation to develop new student services and programs to benefit the command’s work force.

According to award criteria provided by ACT, the award recognizes “businesses, companies, agencies, organizations or elected officials for donating time and/or resources in support of the community and technical college mission.”

PSNS & IMF has partnered with Olympic College for customized, accredited course work in support of the command’s apprenticeship program since 1950. As part of the four-year apprenticeship, participants earn an Associate in Technical Arts degree from the college.

"Our apprentice program and the other educational programs that we've partnered with Olympic College have helped us build a world-class work force on which our Navy and our nation depend,” said Capt. Howard Markle, PSNS & IMF commander. “The work Bryan and his team have done to develop and sustain these programs has been outstanding in every way, and I'm very proud of him and everyone involved in this effort. Lastly, I'd like to thank the Association for its recognition of our programs and our people; it's another example of the tremendous relationship we enjoy with our neighbors in the region.”

Capt. Gregory Burton, head of the PSNS & IMF’s Product Line Department, joined Watland at the ceremony and accepted the award on behalf of the command as a whole.


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